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Some may call it a mess; I call it revealing my dreams

I’m organized. Plain and simple. There is neatness all around me.

Except, for right now, in my office workroom. It may look like a tornado has blown through but it’s actually creativity in action.

office-workroom-vision-board-in-progressI’ve always thought I was a proactive person but lately I realize I’ve been living reactively. Reacting to circumstances, people, and life. It’s not working.

No more. I’ve always been a goal setter but then the goals sit in a notebook or hidden somewhere in my computer.

Starting now I’m getting clear on my authentic life, letting go of what’s in the way – and then clearly connecting with my dreams while designing a vision that calls to me.

Enter the Vision Board. And, I’m having a blast designing mine even though the ‘mess’ is driving me crazy! But, that’s why they invented doors that shut.

I’ve done Vision Boards in the past and it is truly amazing when you get really clear on what you want and find images that represent those feelings what can happen.

But, just like hiding my goals in notebooks or the computer it doesn’t do any good unless our dreams our forefront every day.

On December 2, I’m going to be giving my 1st ever Create Your Life Vision Board Workshop in Sioux Falls. I can’t wait!

I made a Vision Board to represent the type of gals I want to attend. She can be of any age vision-board-attendeesbut she comes in with a smile on her face and ready to take the time to get clear on what she wants. This workshop is all about her and we will celebrate where she is and where she wants to be and then – confidence blossoms.

The gals will then place their Vision Board in their office or home and be reminded daily of their dreams and the action steps to make them happen.

A Vision Board or any other method of tracking goals is nothing without an action plan.

You may say to yourself that January is really the best time to do this work. Sorry, but no. The time is now. Why do you feel you must wait 2 months?

What is so magical about January?

If you are in the Sioux Falls area you need to come to my workshop! If you are interested just reply with ‘tell me more’.

If you are not in this area I’m working on a way to give this workshop virtually. I want to be able to see you all the virtual attendees and they see me so not sure how to make this happen.

But, I will figure it out!
If your life, work, relationships, etc. are not where you want them to be what are you going to do about it?

Maybe it’s time for you to get clear on what you want, let your creativity blossom, make a visual reminder of your dreams, and then act. If not now, when?

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

 

You are fabulous

Why is it (and maybe it’s just true for me but I’m betting it’s true for others) easier to repeat negative things people say about us then good things? I have no trouble telling my husband if I get an e-mail that tells me what I’m doing wrong, but I gloss over positive comments that I get.

Recently I got back from a speaking engagement and have been getting the most wonderful e-mails from the group. One person said “I’ve got to say your workshop was by far one of the most informative, entertaining, and relevant conferences I’ve attended in many years.” Wow! I beamed for a long time! I wanted to share her comment with others but them almost stopped. You see, what if you think I’m bragging by telling you this? That’s when I realized that it’s must easier to pass on negative comments than positive ones.

Why is that? For me it goes way back to childhood. I was told “don’t let that go to your head” or “don’t think too much of yourself”. I think that we should let things go to our head and we should think big of our self. If we don’t, who is?

addi-bunnyI love my granddaughter’s confidence. I am always telling her how amazing she is and she smiles confidently!

Great self-esteem and true confidence comes from within and then we can let that shine on others. I’m not talking about being obnoxious and me, me, me. I’m saying it is a good thing to think that we are awesome and to treasure when other people realize the same thing.

Quick, write down 5 fabulous things about yourself. What was your first reaction to that request? Set those thoughts aside and do it anyway. Hopefully you’ll keep going and write 100 awesome things! You are an amazing person.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

A quote by Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

It’s time to shine your light!

Want to take action now?! Walk into your closet feeling really, really fabulous. As you look around you’re going to see things that a fabulous person would not wear. Give these items away and feel free!

DIdn’t expect this

I didn’t expect to be writing this article today.

In the middle of the night my precious 92-year-old mom fell in the nursing home. She is now in the hospital and will get therapy and we will see what happens.

mom-outsideShe is so amazing. Her spirit is still one of joy and peace. Oh, to be like her.

There are a multitude of reasons to live an organized life but here is one of the big ones. When things like this happen I can be out of the house in minutes knowing things are under control back home. There are no loose ends. Well, at least not many!

I can now be there for mom which is the most important thing in my life right now.

I am taking care of myself by taking care of mom.  There is such beauty in that.

While other family members sit with her I will take a break to give my teleclass “How to Beat the Guilt of Taking Care of Yourself First” tonight at 6 PM ET.  There is still time to register!

If you feel guilt when you think of taking care of yourself let’s stop this right now! Join me for my next teleclass “How to Beat the Guilt of Taking Care of Yourself First”.

What gives you confidence?

As of today it had been 27 days since I had been to my Kosama gym. I am used to going every day! All of September I fought a really nasty cough and had little to no energy.

Everyone told me to stay away from working out as it would just prolong my illness.

Total bummer.

kosama-toolsI was thinking about how I have not felt like myself and my confidence was suffering.

Then I remembered a conversation I had a few years ago with another Kosama member.

We both work out every day in the 6:10 am class and we were saying how nice it is to get the workout done in the morning instead of having the guilt all day of “I should have exercised”. I then asked her if she felt better about herself after working out. Her answer was an emphatic “Yes”.

I feel the same way. I like myself better when I do what I say I’m going to do. I feel confident as I start my work day. I feel stronger when I coach my clients. My brain is more creative as I prepare for a presentation.

I plan on starting back at Kosama tomorrow. Will it be pretty? No! I will struggle but I know I’ll gain back my strength again. It will just take time.

There are many tools that go into confidence building. They may be physical tools like I use at Kosama to take care of myself. You may have other ways you create movement in your life.

There are internal tools like being grateful every day, continual learning, doing your best, etc.

What gives you confidence? One of the big ways to build confidence is by taking care of yourself.

Did that statement cause you to stop for a minute? Are you thinking “I have no time for myself?” If so, I want to give you a big hug first, but then look you straight in the eye and tell you that you must take time for yourself so you can do everything else – and in a much better frame of mind!

If you feel guilt when you think of taking care of yourself let’s stop this right now! Join me for my next teleclass “How to Beat the Guilt of Taking Care of Yourself First.

Any guilt you feel about taking time for yourself is silly!

 So many people depend on us and if we are not at our best we can’t be the best for others.  2-pink-phone(2)

Join me on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 PM EDT for the “How to Beat the Guilt of Taking Care of Yourself First27-minute teleclass. Yes, 27 minutes!

You can give yourself 27 minutes to start feeling fantastic and say good bye to guilt.

As with all of my teleclasses if you cannot make it live – no worries. Everyone who registers receives a downloadable recording.

Are you ready to do something? Find out more and let’s get rid of the guilt! 

 

Sometimes it’s the little bit extra

Last Sunday I was registered to run the Avera Race Against Breast Cancer 5K.

I was so excited. I ran this last year and the whole event is so awesome.

I’ve been fighting a really bad cough and all the side effects that go along with it and wasn’t sure I could run but I was NOT going to miss the packet pick up. I want my t-shirt!

avera-packet-pickupThe day before the race I went downtown to get my packet. I parked in the back and I was surprised to see how they decorated the area leading up to the store. They really did the little bit extra. Actually, a lot extra. And, this was in the back! Imagine what they did to the front?

The extra effort they did made me want to run the race even more!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t well enough to run and I was so disappointed. But, I couldn’t stop thinking about the extra effort they did even for the packet pick-up experience.

They made what could have been a just a normal packet pick-up time – fun!

Have you ever been the recipient of someone or a company doing that little bit extra? How did it make you feel?

Have you done the little bit extra lately?

The good news is that it doesn’t take much these days to make someone feel special. With e-mail, texts, social media, etc. we are losing the personal touch so when it does happen – wow!

Let’s make a pact right now that in the next 3 days we are going to wow someone.

I’m going to send someone on my newsletter list a copy of my book Confidence: Now is Your Time – 31 Days to a More Extraordinary You!

Who will it be for you and what will you do?

I mentioned in my last Wednesday Wisdom I’m going to offer teleclasses on different topics that will help you think differently and have the courage to take a next step.

The first teleclass I offered was all about your paper. Yes, your paper piles! If you missed it you can still purchase the recording.

My next teleclass will be about wasted guilt! The teleclass is How to Beat the Guilt of Taking Care of Yourself First. You will want to put Wednesday, October 12 at 6 PM EDT in your calendar. Details coming soon!

Take the next step

bike-path-treesAs I was riding my bike recently on the bike trail in town I started thinking about all the different kinds of people who enjoy the trail.

• Serious bicyclists going extremely fast
• Regular bicyclists – like me!
• Joggers
• Runners – there is a difference between those who jog and those who really run
• Parents with children in the carrier behind their bikes
• Children on small bike pedaling furiously to keep up with their parents!
• Older couples taking a leisurely walk
• People who hop on it for a shortcut to work
• Photographers shooting senior pictures
• And so many more~~
One thing they all have in common is their desire for movement and to enjoy the outdoors.

Which got me thinking about my subscribers to my Wednesday Wisdom. My list includes people in different stages of life and work. This is one of the reasons I enjoy writing my weekly posts – the variety of the readers. But, one thing you all have in common is the openness to think differently and the desire to take the next step.

In what area of your life do you have a next step you are waiting to take? Almost everything gets easier once that first step is taken!

Getting back to my weekly posts – a newsletter article can only go so far. I decided to start offering teleclasses on different topics to help you take that next step in a deeper way.

The first teleclass I’m offering is all about your paper. Yes, your paper piles!

heels-going-up-ladderTake the next step to get rid of your paper piles…once and for all

Clutter is a major factor in holding people back. Why? Because it represents the past of undone stuff. Particularly in paper piles. No one likes that feeling but few have the courage to do something about it!

Let’s take care of this and here is how you can take the next step…now.

Join me on Thursday, September 22 at 1 PM EDT, for the Get Rid of Your Paper Piles…Once and for All teleclass. Join us live or if you can’t make it there are no worries. If you are registered you will get the recording.

Imagine, your desk top clear of the piles and you can find what you need easily. It is possible! Find out more and let’s get you registered.

FInally

mentalFinally, it’s getting through to me.

Everything is 100% mental.

Working out starts in your mind.

Growing your business starts in your mind.

Building relationships starts in your mind.

How you spend your time starts in your mind.

Getting organized starts in your mind.

It is so true. When you think you can do something you can. When you think you can’t do something; you can’t.

Your body follows what your mind tells you.

Instead of writing a to-do list item like ‘talk to a prospect’ write it instead like this ‘I will talk to _____________ today’. Just this wording changes everything.

Instead of writing ‘take a walk today’ write ‘I will take a walk at 5 pm today’.

Instead of writing ‘organize desk drawer’ write ‘I will organize my desk drawer so I can find anything in it instantly’.

Get the idea?!

How can you think differently this week?

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