Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Things Have to be Different This Year

“Something’s got to change!”  Have you ever said that in January? I sure have.  I mean here we are only 6 days till the end of the month, and already I am thinking that I need to do things differently.  Thank you Glynnis Whitwer for your recent blog on Proverbs 31.  She says “It’s usually when I’m frustrated with myself for something I’m not doing. For example, my broken-record complaints focus on the same three things: losing weight, better managing my work load, and spending more time with people I love.”  Does this sound like you?  I feel like she is in my head….

The problem isn’t my effort; it’s my approach. Something has to change.  What is the saying “If you do the same things the same way, you will always get the same results”?  So, my approach needs to change – yes, this is a little bit out of my comfort zone.  Change is difficult for this girl.  The difference is that I want things to be different this year – I want to reach new heights in my business, I want to gain more financial freedom, I want to GROW in my walk with God AND I want to spend more time with my family.  WOW!  That sounds like a lot to get done and manage at one time, doesn’t it?

Glynnis say “So I prayed about these three areas in my life, and asked God to show me a fresh approach for each. Being a faithful God, He gave me some options to shake up my routines.”  My problem is that I have a hard time LISTENING. I like two of her ideas that might actually work for me..

1. Rather than try to manage my emails by spending more time on them, I’m unsubscribing to every list. I’ll visit websites and blogs on my schedule.  It is time to set time limits on Facebook and emails realizing that I don’t need to answer everyone immediately.

2. Realizing I’ve become too inward focused, I’ve made a list of special days, activities, and places I want to go where I can invite others to join me.  Hey, I could combine reaching out to NEW customers when I am out and about.

As we start 2014, may we become women who listen for the voice of Jesus as He speaks new ways into old habits. May we raise our faces to the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit. And may we trust Jesus as He takes us in to deep waters, where under His direction, we’ll see amazing results.  Share with us how YOU are going to do things differently this year…

Relax, Reflect & Recharge… Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Waiting for Perfect Conditions

Sunday has arrived and it is a bittersweet day.   National Conference is over and I am flying home.  For me, excited to see my hubby but leaving Belinda after 5 glorious days is a little hard.  We have had fun experiencing HOTLANTA and she has got to experience what it is like to be with 15,000 PLUS WooHOo ladies dressed in pink . We have laughed and cried.  We have taken pictures and made memories that will last forever.  Of course, I will hide my tears until I am dropped off at the airport so I don’t embarrass her – NOT!  Then I will start counting down till our next visit (most likely at Christmas – UGH!).  So many memories, new friends and old Thirty One sisters, no sleep, lots of walking, surely some poor food choices and definitely a National Conference that will go down in the record books. Tired, excited, overwhelmed – how do I begin to describe the emotions but I know one thing for sure, I am not waiting for the perfect conditions to KICK start the Fall season.

Before I left for Atlanta, I read Lisa Allen’s Encouragement for Today Devotion from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Progress or Procrastination?  Not only was I curious after reading the title but her first quote was from Ecclesiastes 11:4 “If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done!”.  I guess she has been checking out the tapes from my office video camera.  See I do procrastinate and not just BEFORE a trip. I should go to the gym, I mean I am paying monthly for it but it isn’t a good time for me.  I know that I should measure all my food to stay on track with Weight Watchers but no one got fat from fruits and veggies, right?  Then there is I will make phone calls in the morning, I don’t want to bother people at dinner time.  Will the conditions ever be perfect?

So as I head home from conference, I am taking that first step which is the hardest, a baby step toward my goal for this Thirty One year.  I am going to aim for progress and NOT perfection.  Maybe I won’t make it to the gym but a short walk around the neighborhood will work too.  Picking up the phone when I think of it to call customers is better than not doing it at all.  Stepping out of my comfort zone to talk to people.  It was those baby steps that got me on stage this year celebrating my promotion and what my TEAM had achieved.  There is never going to be a perfect time for anything except the perfect place to start which is NOW.

God is teaching me that I can make progress despite myself.  I am still learning to STOP making excuses and just take ACTION.  What are you procrastinating about?  STOP training to be perfect and take that baby step today!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day.