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Commitment creates consistency

inspire-mugFor Christmas Micah and his girlfriend, Korra, gave me a beautiful ‘Inspire’ bracelet and now my favorite mug – Bless Your Heart.

They have no idea how totally awesome this gift represents.

This past January I made a commitment to write a weekly Wednesday Wisdom newsletter. The goal was to inspire my readers and, in turn, bless them.

This was quite a commitment to write an article each week. But, because I made the commitment I became consistent and I did it! I didn’t always feel like writing but because I had created a vision in my mind of what this newsletter could do – I did it.

Commitment creates consistency.

And, now I have a mug and bracelet that represents to me this past year of articles.

If I had these this past January it would have been easier to keep the commitment each week. It’s interesting how a visual representation of our goals can keep us consistent.

Are you considering making some great commitments for 2017?

What will you do to make sure you accomplish them?

My commitments for 2017 are ready and I have the visual representation of them in my office to remind me every day.my-vb-from-first-workshop

Together we can do this for you, too. Let’s design a Create Your Life the Way God Intended Vision Board together either in person in Sioux Falls or from anywhere in the world virtually.

The in-person Create Your Life the Way God Intended Vision Board Retreat is Saturday, January 14 and the online retreat is Monday, January 16.

Interested? Write me at Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com  with ‘tell me more’ in the subject line and I’ll give you all the details.

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. Proverbs 29:18 The Message Bible

Know when it’s time to call it a day

alex-asleep-on-abbyOur daughter, Abigail, is home from Houston for Christmas. We thought it would be fun to have a pizza night with Addilynn and Alexander.

They were great until dinner was about done. I looked over at Alexander and he had put his head on his arm on the table and was falling asleep.

Abigail came to the rescue and took him in her lap. He cuddled in and fell asleep.

I think it’s fascinating how real children are in life. They are very clear on their feelings! And, when they are tired they do what they need to do.

We are now in the fabulous Christmas season. How blessed we are!

But, too many times during December we can forget why we are celebrating Christmas and go overboard in every aspect of our life.

Know when it’s time to call it a day. Take care of yourself. Rest. Spend time with people you decorating-treelove and stop attending events because it what’s you are ‘supposed’ to do.

Make Christmas special; not stressed!

I wish you and all the special people in your life a blessed Merry Christmas!

The firsts

addi-dance-recitalLast Sunday was Addilynn’s 1st official dance recital in a big high school gymnasium. Of course, being her grandmother, I thought she was stupendous!

What I really loved, though, was how proud she was of herself. She was tickled pink.

Speaking of firsts do you remember the

  • 1st time you drove a car?
  • 1st date?
  • 1st time attending a college class?
  • 1st time filling out your own apartment/home rental application?
  • 1st time you ate out by yourself or went to a movie by yourself?
  • 1st time on a plane?
  • 1st day on a new job or 1st time you met with a client?

Back in 2000 I remember going to my 1st organizing client’s appointment. I didn’t sleep the night before. I was nervous on the drive. I was a wreck by the time I got to the door. Guess what? It went great! Not as great as the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. time but great none the less.

Even worse than the 1st time I met with an organizing client was the 1st workshop I gave in 2001. Talk about showing up as a wreck! In both cases I gave myself a thousand reasons how to get out of the situation. But I went.

How often do we stop ourselves before the first time? We tell ourselves we can’t do this, we aren’t good enough, who are we to try this, etc.?

What a bunch of baloney.

If precious 5-year-old Addilynn can get up and dance in front of hundreds of intense parents and grandparents we can do what we fear.

What can you do for the 1st time in the next 30 days?

 

Look up

After visiting my mom in the nursing home I have mixed feelings.

On one hand, I’m full of joy because she is still with me and blesses me every single time I visit her.

On the other hand, even though she is living in a wonderful place, I am full of sadness because I don’t like leaving her. I also know that her wish is to be in Heaven.

When I walk out the door to I am overcome with emotion.

moon-star-nightAs I left on Sunday I am so glad I looked up in the sky. What a glorious sight. God was showing His splendor with the moon and the North Star shining so brightly in the clear sky.

A sense of peace came over me as I realized that everything was going to be ok.

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright.

When we face the dark times in life, even the slightly gray times in life, it is so easy to keep our head and thoughts down. Then things just get worse.

It’s time to look up.  It is always time to look up.

Right now, I need to look up a lot in my life and business. That’s always where the hope and answers are found. I wish I would remember that more often!

Where are you looking?

If you’re not ok, say so

Things were going well, really well. I had done the warm up fine and I was lifting my weights just fine.

Then, out of the blue I became extremely light headed and had a strong feeling I was going to faint.

I was smart and fell to the ground before anything happened.

kosama-tools-2I had all the right tools. The proper amount of sleep the night before, the shoes, the weight-lifting gloves, the proper size weights for me, and my water. All of this didn’t change the fact that for some reason I almost fainted.

I will admit to you what I usually do in times when I feel weak. I fake it. I don’t want to admit that anything is wrong.

Silly, right? But, do you ever do that?

Because I had the presence of mind to admit something was wrong and fall to the ground instead of ignoring the signs and then actually fainting –  I could regroup.

Our amazing trainer, Margie, came over to see how she could help. She had me sit for a bit, got me a protein bar and very strongly said, “Drink lots of water.” I did and was able to resume the workout – although at a slower pace.

Because I showed my weakness I received help.

There is a real lesson here!

It’s ok to admit when things are not ok. This is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength.

Do you need to ask for help today instead of faking that everything is ok? Take it from me; it’s the right thing to do!

 

One would think I would talk about being thankful today

After all, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US.

And, I am very thankful. In fact, every night for years I write down at least 3 things I’m grateful for from the day.

I hope you are extremely thankful, too.

But, I figured you received enough ‘Thanksgiving’ newsletters this week.

I want to talk to you about 3 words. Just 3 words

I. Love. You..

Can there be any more powerful words than those? Do you say them enough? Do you hear them enough?

I grew up with parents from the World War II and Great Depression era. They rarely said “I love you.” In fact, my dad never did. I think this may have been common among that generation.alex-love-you

When we started having a family I made a vow to myself that I would tell my children how much I loved them any chance I got. And, I did and I do to this day even though they are all adults.

Personally, I don’t think we can say it enough or hear those words enough.

I feel so fortunate that near the end of my dad’s life he started telling me he loved me and it was music to my ears!

Now, my 92-year-young mom says it to me continually.

Now I get to hear it from my grandchildren. Click the play button on the photo to hear my precious Alexander tell me.  I want to hug the stuffing out of him every time I hear it!

As you enter this wonderful holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas let’s enter it with a feeling of love and appreciation. Not just on the actual holiday but every day in between.

Who needs to hear “I love you” from you today?

This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. John 15:9 The Message

Is it time for Project Zero?

project-zeroWe have a new contest at my Kosama gym and it’s called Project Zero.

I think it’s genius.

Did you know that, on average, we eat 600 extra calories a day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Every day!

Project Zero is all about maintaining our current weight and maybe, just maybe, perhaps losing a few pounds. But, the focus is maintaining.

What a concept!

I think many of us are always trying to do something better – whatever that ‘better’ is.  And, that is great but maybe it’s time for a break.

What about enjoying taking some time to maintain? What about giving yourself permission to just ‘be’ where you are now.

There are seasons for everything.  There’s a right time for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Is it your time for Project Zero?

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