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Elizabeth Hagen's SavvyBIZ
December  2013.
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with mom
My precious mom who has always believed in me
Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams.


I was reading an article in my Success January 2014 issue called "Prepare for Liftoff".  It is a checklist of 12 practices to make 2014 our best year.

I found it very interesting that practice #2 was 'get a mentor'.  The writer, Lisa Ocker, said to seek out people with knowledge we desire.

I agree - totally.  But, I would have added a 13th practice to this article and that is to make sure we surround ourselves with people who believe in us.

I started thinking about when I realized it was important to have a mentor and a support system.

14 years ago at age 45 I started a professional organizing business.  I know many people thought I was crazy.   If it weren't for the people I surrounded myself who believed in me I wouldn't have been able to achieve the dream of having my own business while being a stay-at-home mom for 5 kids.
Little did I know my dreams would go past being a professional organizer.  As the years went by my dreams included being a national speaker, an author, a business coach, and a grandmother!  And, they all came true.

They came true because of my family:
Bruce, Chris, Ashley, Addilynn (who made me a grandma!), Emily, Abby, Sean, Micah, and my mom and dad who have believed in me the longest.
They came true because of my business coach and the Small Business Success Network:
Mark LeBlanc, Sherry Coautte, Kylie Strem, and Nic Bittle
They came true because of Renee Smith who is the reason I'm a speaker today.

I am so thankful for each of these amazing people.

How about you?  Who is supporting your dreams? Do you have a mentor?
And...who are you supporting? 

Ready to take action?


1.  Set a timer for 5 minutes and make a list of the people who believe in you.
2.  Write a thank you note each day to one of these people.
3.  Set a timer for another 5 minutes and write down who you believe in and support.
4.  Write an encouraging note each day to one of these people.
5.  If you aren't where you thought you would be in your business at this time - stop waiting.  Add someone to your team who believes in you and can help you reach your goals for 2014.
You know what you're going to find if you really do these actions?  A sense of renewed confidence in yourself and your business. I promise.  Please post at my blog, on Facebook, or e-mail me what happens after you take action!
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Merry Christmas from my family
to you and yours!
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