Tag Archives: NAPO

2015 Success Now: Action Step #13 – Strengthen Your Fear

kosama-toolsEvery morning at 6:10 am I attend what I consider to be a loving but kick-in-the-backside gym called Kosama.  The classes are instructor led and they have various tools they use to work us out for the grueling 50 minutes.

Without the tools or instructors nothing would happen.  No changes would be made in my life.

There are many tools you need to run a successful business.  I’m covering some of them in these 2015 Success Action Steps.

But, the most important tool you need you can’t see.  It’s your mindset.  What are you doing to strengthen your belief in yourself and what you offer to others?

It starts with facing the big bad monster of FEAR.  All those thoughts you have as you work to grow your business every day.

Thoughts like:

  • I can’t call her.  She probably doesn’t have the money to hire me.
  • Speak in front of a group?  Are you kidding?  They already know all I have to say.
  • I guess I won’t go to that networking event after all.   I don’t know who I would talk to.
  • Giving a teleclass sounds like a great idea.  But, how would I even go about doing it?
  • I should really be using a contact database system.  But, I’m not very good with the computer.  I’ll just keep throwing business cards I get in the drawer.
  • There’s no need to go out and meet prospects face to face. I’ll just spend a lot of time posting on Facebook and Twitter.
  • And so on….and so on….

I recently saw a video with Christie Love, of LeadHer.org called “Overcoming Your Fears” and she gave a great acronym for FEAR:





So true.

What if you would stop accepting the excuses your fears give you?  What if you would face the imagined fears in your mind and do it anyway?  What would happen?

What are you waiting for?

2015 Success Now: Action Step #12 – Show Your Style

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘make money in your jammies.’

I’m not a fan.  Of the jampuffy-vestmies part.  The money part is fine!

It’s so easy with a home office to be pretty relaxed with what we wear. Who is going to see us anyway?

We do.

If you do roll into your office with jammies/sweats/etc how do you feel?  Productive or kind of behind the eight ball?  When you answer the phone or make a sales call do you feel professional?

Make it a point in the morning to dress so you feel good. No need for a 3-piece suit but what do you feel good in?

One of my new pieces for this winter is my North Face silver puffy vest.  Love it and I’m warm!

How can you show your style today?  What are you waiting for?

2015 Success Now: Action Step #11 – Sort, Test, and Toss

pens-containedDo you ever pick up a pen from your desk, try to use it, and it doesn’t work and you put it right back where you found it? How many times do you keep trying that pen?! The pen fairy is not going to come during the night and fix your pens!

Get a basket and collect all the pens, markers, pencils, Sharpies, etc from on top of your desk, in the drawers, tucked behind the monitor, and on the floor.

Sort by type and try each and every instrument. Toss/recycle the ones that don’t work.

Get cute containers to hold your ‘good’ pens, etc.

This may seem like a little thing to do but it’s a huge start to getting rid of what does not work in your life. Who knows what you will sort, test and toss next!

What are you waiting for?

2015 Success Now: Action Step #10 – Serve it Up

My favorite keep-in-touch cards are from www.CurlyGirlDesign.com

My favorite keep-in-touch cards are from www.CurlyGirlDesign.com

I have nothing against Facebook, Twitter, texting, etc. Well, maybe I do!

We are losing personal connection. We are not hearing a voice. We are not hearing tones. We are not seeing a person’s handwriting.

We are losing out.

What do you suppose would happen if you would reach out every day with one phone call, one handwritten note, and one personal e-mail?

Let’s find out. Reach out today in 3 personal ways. Then again tomorrow, and, the next day and the next.

Listen to the great Diana Ross tell us to “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand”

2015 Success Now: Action Step #9: Stage Your Desktop

trust-meTake a peek at your Desktop. Is it screaming “organize me”?  If so, the answer is ‘yes’.

Make folders and drag ‘like’ files into the proper folder.

Now you have room to be inspired.  Find a picture, a quote, or an Instagram that totally inspires you and make it your desktop background.

When you look at your desktop you will easily find what you need AND be inspired.

What are you waiting for?

2015 Success Now: Action Step #8 – Show Me the Money

I’m curious as to how you handle your business financials. Do you have the ‘head buried in the sand’ approach? The ‘I look at my profit and loss on January 1’ approach? Or the ‘I am up-to-date and know exactly where I stand’ approach?

Guess where I want you to be?!

quickbooksFirst, make sure you have 4 banking accounts: Business checking, business savings, personal checking, and personal savings. And, never let the personal and business intermix. When they do you are just asking for trouble.

Second, what is your tool for knowing your numbers? My personal recommendation is QuickBooks – not the online version, but on your computer

Don’t have any tool?  Get QuickBooks today.  Unless you have an accountant-type background hire someone to set it up for you.  Find a QuickBooks Certified professional.  My recommendation is Elizabeth Sawyer  who can work with you virtually.

Let January 1, 2015 be your dividing line in the sand to be totally clear and cognizant of the financial side of your business.

Your checkbook will thank you!

What are you waiting for?

2015 Success Now: Action Step #7 – Schedule or Be Lost

The movie, City Slickers, has a lot of great quotes and one of my favorites comes from the scene when Ed and Phil are riding horses and herding cattle. After many mishaps things are finally going well.  At one point Ed shouts to Phil- “Hey, Phil, we’re doing it.  We’re driving them.” Phil shouts back “Ah, that’s perfect! We’re lost but we’re making good time.”


Have you ever felt this way in your office? At 5:00 you look back on your day and realize how busy you were but you really can’t pinpoint one thing you got done.

You are lost – but making really good time.

But, here is an important truth – life isn’t about making good time – it’s about the time you are making.

The key is to plan ahead.  Sunday is the perfect day to look ahead to your week and make sure you are not only scheduling what you have to get done but also what you want to get done.

I’ve used my Outlook calendar for years and it syncs beautifully with my iPhone. It works. But, there was something missing. I was only looking day to day – not thinking ahead about the entire week.  And, I didn’t have a good system for all the action steps associated with my projects.

Enter the Plannplanner-pader Pad suggested by one of my wonderful coaching clients. The beauty of the Planner Pad is I can keep track of all my projects by categories and then funnel the action steps down by day and then make appointments.

There’s something about planning on paper that really works. I can then transfer those appointments to Outlook but I am now owning what I want to get done.

Tell me – will you be lost this next week or making sure you are accomplishing what you want to do to move your life and business forward?

Excuse me while I now go plan for this upcoming week!

What are you waiting for?

ElizabethHagen.com  •  605-310-5764  •  Elizabeth@ElizabethHagen.com

site by :: cruxwire web ::