Elizabeth's Monthly
"Build Your Organizing Business" Tip
Elizabeth Hagen, CPO
If you're a determined professional organizer who wants support, is ready to take focused action, and wants to reach for the sky in your organizing business - welcome!!
I'm Elizabeth Hagen and I'm here to help.  I've put together the best tips/tools/advice that I've used to grow and maintain a six-figure organizing business and I want to share them with you!
Every month I'll be sending you a quick tip for you to implement immediately.  It's all about making a decision, taking action, and staying focused!
I can't wait to hear about your success!
Issue: # 8
January 2009

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Welcome to the eighth issue of my monthly tip newsletter just for professional organizers.  Each month you'll be receiving a short, easy-to-implement, and very valuable tip to help you grow your professional organizing business. 
I'll also give you an assignment and where to find the tools you need for the task.
If this sounds valuable to you then I'm looking forward to helping you reach for the sky in your organizing business!
January "Build Your Organizing Business" Tip:
Goal Setting 101 for 2009
Setting goals have changed my life. It's just that simple!

Years ago I read the book The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen and my life changed forever.  I started setting goals and reaching them; I started asking and started receiving and I started living a life I had only dreamed about.

But then I started getting lazy.  I stopped writing my goals down; I stopped reviewing my goals daily and my quality of life started slipping.

But on Sunday, December 21 our whole family went to a Vikings game in Minneapolis.  By the 4th quarter I was totally fired up.  No, not about the game as we were losing but because of the tie-ins between the game of football and setting goals.  I whipped my little pink notebook out and started writing!  If you've heard me speak or have my Speak Now & Forever Get New Clients Home Study Program you know how important this little notebook is!

Here I am at the game with my awesome family - back row:  Bruce, Micah, Sean - front row:  Me, Abby, Emily, Chris

What does the game of football have to do with Goal Setting?:
  1. Start with a plan.  An NFL football team doesn't show up to a game and just start playing. The team has had practices, gone over the plays, the coach has reviewed the other team, they have a plan, etc.  And, the coach's plan is written down.  Things may not exactly go as planned but there is a plan.  It is key to write your goals down.
  2. Surround yourself with supportive people.  There were over 62,000 fans at the game PLUS the cheerleaders.  Of course, not everyone was a Vikings fan but most were and definitely the cheerleaders were fans.  Who do you have to support you with your goals? Some fans will come and go in your life and some will stay forever.  My husband, Bruce, has been a Vikings fan since age 10 and a season ticket holder since 1972.  He's the best kind of fan to have as he will hang in there no matter what. I'm SO glad he's in my corner!
  3. Setbacks are normal.  Rarely is a ball caught at the 1 yard line and run in for a goal.  So far in NFL history there has been 12 times a 99 yard touchdown has been scored.  Usually when your team has the ball they get ahead a bit, then go back a bit, then go ahead a bit, etc.  Same with the goals that we set.  We work on them and move forward, then there may be a setback, and then we move forward again.  Once in awhile we get a 99 yard touchdown but don't expect that every time!.
  4. Take a timeout. When the going gets tough in a football game the coach calls a timeout.  Same goes for us.  Next time you feel yourself stressed out about your business and perhaps even life in general take a timeout.  Go for a walk, go to a book store, take a nap, etc.  Timeouts work.  Our mind will get clear and usually the answer will come to us OUTSIDE of our office.
  5. You're the coach. There are many positions on a football team.  One person can't do it all.  Occasionally, a quarterback will take the ball and run with it but he usually passes it to someone who is specialized in running the ball in for a touchdown.  Who have you passed your ball to lately?  Are you doing everything yourself?  Start passing!
  6. Listen to your inner ref. NFL football games have very experienced refs. We don't have professional refs in our life but we have our gut - I know that word isn't very lady like but yes, our gut.  Are you taking the time to really listen to your inner self?  Your gut will be right every time. If you've set a goal and it's just not happening take time to listen to what your gut is telling you and it may be the right move to drop that goal and try something else.
  7. Stuff happens.  Sometimes there's an interception during a football game.  Have you had some interceptions lately?  Health issues, kids need you more than usual, etc.  Stuff happens.  Take the time to take care of what needs to be taken care of and then get back to working on your goals.
Elizabeth's Assignment:
  1. Make a decision that 2009 is YOUR year and set big goals with big payoffs.
  2. Take action and write down your goals and get the action steps for your goals in your calendar as appointments.
  3. Stay focused by setting time aside each day to review your goals and do 3 things every day toward achieving your goals.  My wonderful friend and mentor, Mark LeBlanc, calls these 3 tasks your High Value Activities.
  4. Have you tried setting goals before and it didn't work? Would you like some personalized help?  Join the Fearless Organizing Professional VIP Circle today and you'll get to spend a day with all of us planning for our business for 2009 on Wednesday, January 7, 2009! This is going to be an awesome day starting at 11 AM ET and ending around 3:30 PM ET.  We're going to be led by Marty Marsh, the Successful Soul Proprietor, and we're going to plan out our marketing for 2009 and lots more!  All of us in the VIP Circle are committed to having our best business year ever in 2009. All members of the VIP Circle get this event at no cost.
Elizabeth's Recommended Tools:
The Aladdin Principle by Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield
Goals! by Brian Tracy

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  • An hour-long monthly telegathering
  • Special VIP Circle website
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  • Forms and templates to help run your business
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  • Every other month teaching call or an interview with an expert
  • My priceless Rolodex
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Thanks for taking the time to read the 'Build Your Organizing Business' Tip and I'm excited to help you grow your business. Of course we want to grow our business and make more money but let's not forget - the busier we are the more people we get to help. And the more happy clients we have the more they will tell others!

Elizabeth Hagen

PS  If this is your first issue and you'd like to see the first seven issues just e-mail me and I'll happily forward them to you!
FRE^E Teleclass
Join the Fearless Organizing Professional VIP Circle by Friday, January 2 and you'll be my guest for the Goal Setting 101 for 2009 Teleclass on Monday, January 19, 2009 and the downloadable recording.  This teleclass is a $29 value and it's yours absolutely FRE^E!  Not only will you get all of your 2009 marketing planning done during the VIP Circle Planning Day on January 7 but you'll get further help with your goals with the Goal Setting 101 for 2009 Teleclass on Monday, January 19, 2009.
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