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What do you do when you see the orange cones?

A joke here in South Dakota is that in the summer the state bird is the Crane. As in ‘construction crane’. It is so true!

We need to utilize the nice summer days to get the bulk of construction completed. In particular, the roads. It seems everywhere I go in Sioux Falls or on the Interstate there are those beautiful orange cones. When they come into sight I know I’m going to be sitting awhile.

I always have 3 choices:

  1. Stay home and not go anywhere
  2. Drive my normal route and go through the construction which will make the drive at least twice as long.
  3. Learn a new route to avoid construction.

They are all valid choices. But, here are the issues with #1 and #2: If you choose one of those it can be extremely frustrating and it will seem like you are going nowhere. At least with #2 you eventually get there but with #1 you never get to your destination.
I like #3. Learn a new route, see a part of the city that is just 1-2 blocks off the main road, and have no frustration.

In fact, I love #3!

These choices are true in your life as well. If you want to make changes and live a fuller and richer life there are 3 choices:

  1. Do nothing
  2. Keep doing the same things over and over and never get different results.
  3. Learn a new way to live

Again, I love #3!

  • Do you want to eat healthier but buy the same food at the store?
  • Do you want to grow your business but spend 1/2 the day on Facebook?
  • Do you want to fit into a different size of clothing but are not implementing movement into your daily routine?
  • Do you want to have positive, encouraging friends but keep hanging out with the negative nellies?
  • Do you want to start new habits but never get past day 3 in implementing the new habit?

 

I could go on and on but that list is not particularly fun to read!

I’m going to assume you want to choose choice #3 for your life. Great!

Pick one area in your life (career/business, family, relationships, faith, health, personal growth, finances, or home environment). Now decide what one small thing you can change.

Could you?

  • Drink more water
  • Walk up and down your stairs 3 times
  • Set a timer for Facebook
  • Reach out to someone who always makes you feel better and set a date to get together
  • Put a new habit in your calendar as a recurring appointment
  • Decide on a time each day for meditation or devotions
  • Organize a small kitchen drawer
  • Read an online article on a subject you are passionate about

See, it’s not that hard!

The challenge I see is even keeping up with small changes. It can be so easy to go back to the same route.

Let today, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 be your dividing line in the sand. No more of the same – it’s time to learn a new route.

I love helping in every area of life but in particular self-care. Very, very few people are taking the time for themselves.

The results are stress, low self-esteem, exhaustion, etc.

Let’s turn this around.

Join me this Thursday, July 27 at 11 AM Central (Noon ET, 10 AM Mountain, 9 AM Pacific) in my Clear the Desk Movement Facebook group for a live presentation on Self-Care Sanity.

Put the date and time in your calendar and then pop into the Clear the Desk Movement page at that time and I’ll be there live.

Not a member of the Clear the Desk group yet? Go to the page and ask to join.

I will not only give you tips and actions steps to have self-care be a part of your normal routine but also invite you to join me for 90 days in my DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program.

I’ll take over now

My birthday was a few weeks ago and Bruce and I took the family (minus our girls who need to move back to Sioux Falls!), plus his parents, out for dinner.

About halfway through the dinner I noticed a lady at a nearby table get up and she was choking. Her husband was patting her on the back, which was getting them nowhere, and then he tried to do the Heimlich Maneuver. It wasn’t going well.

Bruce’s back was to this couple so he didn’t see what was going on. When I realized what was happening I started shouting to Bruce, and even though he had no ideas why I was shouting “Get up, get up!”, he shot out of his seat and I pointed to the couple. Bruce saw the situation, walked quickly over, said something to the man, performed the Heimlich perfectly, and whatever the woman was choking on popped out of her mouth.

Bruce came back to the table and continued eating. The whole thing just took a few seconds and Bruce was so calm I wondered, ” Did this really happen?”

The next day I asked him if he felt panicked when he saw the woman choking.

“No.”

“Did you worry if you could help her?”

“No.”

“What did you say to the husband?”

“I’ll take over now.”

Seriously. Isn’t this the kind of man you want in an emergency? I sure do!

I’ll take over now.

We need to have people in our life that can take over AND we need to know when to let them take over. That can be hard and our pride can get in the way.

That husband didn’t know who Bruce was, he didn’t know Bruce was trained for a situation just like this, and he could have kept trying to help his wife which would not have been a good outcome.

What do you need help with? What do you need to turn over to someone else who does it better and will give you a more successful outcome?

Is it time to lose the pride and gain success? If not now, when?!

Are you ready? I’m waiting here ready to take over!

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

My DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.

This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  or call me at 605-310-5764 and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!

Turn around

I popped on Facebook and I saw the memories option on my home page. I love that feature of Facebook.

As I was scrolling through the past posts I saw this picture I took 5 years ago. 5 years!
I feel like I’ve blinked and the time has passed.

This picture makes me smile and cry at the same time.

Cry because I miss my dad. Smile because I’ve had wonderful years with mom and I know mom will see dad soon. I see him waiting in Heaven’s door and mom just needs to turn around and walk to him.

We are told so often to look ahead. Don’t look back. I totally agree – usually! But, sometimes the answer is behind us rather than in front of us.

  • If you are struggling, turn around and look at your past successes and duplicate how you obtained them.
  • If you’ve forgotten the goals you set for 2017, turn around and look at t your vision board and write down actions steps to achieve them.  It’s not too late. No vision board? You need to talk to me!
  • Gotten off your movement and healthy eating plan? Turn around to when you were active and ate healthy and do it again.
  • Office a disorganized mess? Think back to when it was organized and you had systems. They were good systems and they worked. Turn around to see what they were and set them up again.
  • Wasting time with people who drag you down? Turn around and walk away. There are so many awesome, positive people to spend your time and be lifted up.

Do you desperately want to turn around and enjoy life but you are tired, stressed out and overwhelmed? Look over the information below and talk to me about hanging out for 90 days and together we will get you totally turned around and facing the right direction!

Let’s turn you around

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

My DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.
This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  or call me at 605-310-5764 and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!

 

 

Essentialism, please

I have read and then re-read the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Greg says the definition of essentialism is less but better. I love that! He also talks about how the word priority was singular for 500 years until we pluralized it in the early 1900’s. He says, Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow, we would now be able to have multiple ‘first’ things.

I think that is fascinating. How can we have multiple first things? Kind of silly.

I am the creator of the Clear the Desk Movement.  I adapted this term from the phrase ‘clear the decks’. To ‘clear the decks’ means to prepare for a particular event or goal by dealing with anything beforehand that might hinder progress.

Having too many ‘first’ things hinders progress.

I decided to take my Clear the Desk Movement philosophy to my office workroom closet. It was very organized but full of lots of ‘first things’. In fact, bins and bins and bins, nicely labeled, but too full.  It was time to change. It took me awhile and lots of decisions but I got rid of all the bins in the lower section of the photograph and now my closet is free of what is not essential.

This feels amazing.

I took my Clear the Desk Movement philosophy to my business as well. Of all my services and product offerings which was the most essential to my prospects, clients. and to me.  I had many ‘first’ things I offer. This took a lot of soul searching. I discovered that helping my audiences and clients get unstuck and stop feeling lost is my priority and essential to my business.

Greg says, When we don’t purposefully and deliberately choose where to focus our energies and time, other people – our bosses, our colleagues, our clients, and even our families – will chose for us, and before long we’ll have lost sight of everything that is meaningful and important.

What is essential to you? I mean really essential?

Maybe you don’t know. This is a very common feeling. I talk to so many people who feel lost.

This Saturday it will be the start of the second half of the year. Yes, we all ask, where did the time go?

Think of how much more excited you would be to enter the second half of 2017 with excitement if you were clear on your goals and clear on what is essential in your life.

If you want to go farther faster with knowing what is essential in your life and what you dream of accomplishing then join me in my DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program.

If you desire to achieve what you want and need, let’s find out if you and I are a right fit. Find out more about the DESIRE program below and let’s start making things happen for you!

 

We are almost halfway through 2017. How is it going for you?!

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

I have started a new program and am seeing great results. The DESIRE Personal Empowerment Program changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.

This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  or call me at 605-310-5764 and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!

 

Please, don’t settle

About once a week we have circuit at my Kosama gym. There are stations set up with certain exercises at each one. This time each station had 3 exercises and we did them over and over until 4 minutes were up.

12 stations – 4 minutes each. That, my dears, is a work out!

At one of the later stations (and I was getting pretty tired) one of the exercises was to do 20 plank jacks. The 1st two times- no problem. The 3rd time I was tempted to quit at 15 instead of 20. But, I went on and did 20.

Do you know why I did 20 even though I wanted to quit?

Accountability.

The definition of accountability is an ‘obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions’.

I find it to be easier to be accountable when there are others with me. When I’m alone no one knows if I do what I said I did or not.

Do you find this to be true as well?

In one week it will be the start of the second half of the year. Yes, we all ask, where did the time go?

Are you closer or farther away from the dreams and goals you had at the start of 2017? If you are farther away would you have gotten them accomplished with accountability? I know you would have and you’d be entering the second half of the year with excitement.

You may know where I’m headed with this! Who are you accountable to? What would you achieve if you had weekly accountability? It’s not too late to have 2017 your best year ever.

If you want to go farther faster with what you dream of accomplishing then get an accountability partner or join me in my DESIRE Personal Empowerment System. But, the last thing you should do is settle. Please, don’t settle.

If you desire to achieve what you want and need and crave accountability – let’s find out if you and I are a right fit. Find out more about the DESIRE system below and let’s start making things happen for you!

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

I have started a new program and am seeing great results. The DESIRE Personal Empowerment System changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.
This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!

 

We are almost halfway through 2017. How is it going for you?!

It may be time to take stock of your life and career. If things aren’t going so well – or everything stays the same and you find life lacking some luster –  is it time for a new way to look and do things?

I have started a new program and am seeing great results. The DESIRE Personal Empowerment System changes – well, it changes everything.

This is a personal 1:1 program with me for 90 days and only women who are truly ready for amazing results are accepted.

This is for you if you are ready to take stock of where you are, what makes your heart sing, and take the first steps to brighten up your life.

This is for you if you are ready to detox obstacles and energy suckers that are getting in your way and you want a fresh start.

This is for you if you want to set healthy new habits to support your fresh start and set achievable goals based on the vision you have for your life.

Is this you? E-mail me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  or call me at 605-310-5764 and we will set up a time to find out.  If you are not where you want to be now is your time – it really is!

 

 

 

Let’s go old school

 

With all the electronic and battery-operated toys out there I find it quite amazing to see children play with what I call ‘old school’ toys.

Do you remember Play-Doh?! Do you remember how fun it was? It’s all about creativity with no electronic mechanism to help you.

Last Saturday was Alexander’s 3rd birthday and he received a fun Play-Doh cooking. Addilynn and Alex brought it over to my house and we had a blast. We had green and yellow french fries, red hamburgers, blue watermelon, and much more!

Old school. I’ve been noticing it lately:

  • A mom with three children drove by on their bikes and the mom was on an old-fashioned cruiser bike with the rear rack and front basket. Remember those?
  • Remember the Crayola crayon boxes? Adult coloring is very popular. There are a plethora of coloring books with intricate pictures for adults to color and de-stress themselves.
  • Sidewalk chalk. Two doors down lives a girl who uses chalk to make intricate drawings and phrases on their driveway. I love walking by her house.
  • Roller blading. I thought that was long gone but when I bike on the bike trails I see that is still popular.
  • Hop Skotch, bed jumping, hide and seek – these are some of the fun activities Addie, Alex, and I have had together. Alex thinks we can’t see him when he has a pillow over his head!

I just realized all the above examples require being present. That’s what is missing when we bury our head into our tablets, phones, and computers.

Old school. How can you incorporate this into your life and business?

The first Old School method we can implement is to start looking up. That’s where life is found. Then, go for a bike ride!

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