Hope Wissel

How to Organize Your Great Ideas

Thank you Christie Browning for these AWESOME ideas..

 I used to think I was the person who took ideas and made them happen.  Over the last year or so, I have become an idea person.  The problem is, I get the idea – maybe write it down and then forget about it.  Or I get obsessed with it and go over board doing everything in my power to make it happen.

Can you relate?

Most ideas which fizzle out probably should.  They would be the ultimate Pinterest fail (at least in my case).  But sometimes there are some really good ones, I don’t want to lose track of.  Maybe the timing is wrong or worse the ideas keep coming to the point I am on overload.  Overload and MS are definitely not a good mix!!!  I then end up not taking action on anything or implementing any of the amazing ideas.

Are you someone who has a lot of ideas but struggles with keeping them organized or putting them into action?  Thanks to Christie, there are some suggestions for you…. I am going to try to start organizing my ideas, so I can move into action mode and ultimately make them happen!  Want to join me?

#1:  Dump your brain

I have been to MANY trainings where we have done this at the start of the session to help us focus.  It is a great way to just empty the mind-clutter without losing the great ideas! YES, it is possible.  So, grab a notebook and pen and start writing!  Keep the notebook on your desk,  your nightstand or wherever as long as it is close so when an idea hits, you can write it down. Get the thought on paper and stop depending on your brain to remember!  My brain is useless for this.  LOL!  By writing them down, you have a written record of your ideas.  Believe it or not, some of them will overlap and work with ones you have already had.  Also, by writing it down, you can review them when the “aha moment” passes to see if it is really a great idea.  Maybe you will pass on it now, but who knows in a few years, it might be doable.

#2:  Organize the madness

Having ideas is a great ….BUT every brain dump needs a little bit of organization.    I use color coding in my planner, so why not use the same principle in organizing my ideas. Create a color reference for each category. My categories are:

  • Blue – Personal (medical in my planner)
  • Pink – Business
  • Yellow – Family/ Household
  • Green – Financial
  • Orange – Spiritual

Once, you jot down an idea make sure there is enough information (not a book, just a few sentences) so if you come back to it, you remember what you were talking about.  Now, highlight it with a color.  In a “perfect world”, all of the ideas would be together in a notebook by category.  Yup, I’m so not there yet.

#3:  Plan to take action

So every idea I have doesn’t get acted on or do I even attempt.  There are some ideas  which die the minute I wrote them down or when I come back to look at them with a fresh pair of eyes, I think… “that ‘s crazy!”  I still keep them around in the never ending notebook because you never know, right?  The truth is, you will be able to tell from a brain dump which ideas will work at at that moment and which ones you need to hold on. The ideas I want to work on, I transfer to my planner and start planning it out. I figure out what steps I need to take to get started.  I identify what needs to happen. Then… jot dates (a basic timeline) or I prioritize what needs to be done first, then second, etc.  Unfortunately,  identifying a budget has always been last on my list.  If it is going to cost money,  I find someone with a more practical head to talk with about it so I don’t go off half cocked.

Organizing your ideas is a way  to help you stay focused on what needs attention now. I “squirrel” a lot lately so using this system has helped.  Be sure to ask yourself, “What needs to happen first?”.  “What projects have I already started I need to finish before I launch another idea?”  Sometimes ideas are great, but need to wait until other things happen first.  It’s easy to get distracted when something is new and exciting comes along, but the reality is, you will never actually cross a finish line or reach completion on an idea if you keep jumping around.

We all have goals, visions or even are why, right?  So be sure the idea you want to launch gets you closer to your goal, to your vision for your life, your business or your finances?  If it does, then hold onto this idea.   If it isn’t a perfect fit, push it to the bottom of the priority list.  Keep your list alive but updating it and reflecting on it regularly.

How do you organize your ideas?  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Looking for the Good in Your Man

Thank you KATHI LIPP for today’s message:

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV)

When Roger and I were first married, he would leave for work every day and yell upstairs, “Shut the door!”

At first, I was so confused. Shut the door? Why? He was the one at the door. Why did he want me to shut it?

This went on for weeks (OK, maybe it only felt like weeks). As a new bride, I didn’t want to rock to boat, but boy, did it bug me. I felt like every single morning he said, “Be sure the door is locked because you are not an adult and I have to remind you every. Single. Day.”

Plus he was leaving the house without even saying “I love you” …? That made me even more upset.

Once again, he left the house one morning, yelled upstairs, “Shut the door!” and then walked to his car.

Finally — after being angry for way too long — I confronted him.

“I hate it when you yell ‘Shut the door!’ every morning. It makes me feel judged and just a little stupid.”

Roger looked dumbfounded. “I’ve never said ‘Shut the door’ to you in my life.” And after he thought about it, a look of understanding came over his face.

“Wait, do you mean when I yell ‘Je t’adore’? That means ‘I adore you’ in French.”

Um … Whoops!

All this time, I heard criticism when all my husband intended was love.

How often do we do this in our relationships? Our spouse rearranges the dishwasher to fit more dishes while helping in the kitchen, and we take it as criticism of our abilities.

Or he picks up a skinny vanilla latte for us, and our first thought is: He must think I look fat. When in reality, he just knows our standard order.

Why is it so easy to hear criticism when love is intended?

Sometimes we gird ourselves for the hurt we think is coming, so when roses are headed our direction, we only see thorns. It’s as if we can’t see the truth of what’s being said.

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 says, “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

We want to see the truth about our relationship with our husband, and at the same time work on being someone who protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres on behalf of our relationship. We want to live out love every single day.

So how do we become purposeful in looking for the love our husbands intend?

1. Receive well. I love what Luci Swindoll said, “Take everything as a compliment. You’ll live longer.”

2. Look for the good. Several years ago, when I was looking for a new van, I had a friend recommend a certain brand, saying “It’s the most popular minivan on the road.” Which I highly doubted, since I didn’t remember ever seeing one.

But when I got to the dealership, I was talked into that make and model. On the way home, I didn’t see one. Instead, I saw six. That’s because, for the first time, I was looking for it.

It’s the same with looking for the good in our husbands. When we look for love, we start to see acts of love we’ve missed in the past. We start to hear the love we’ve been missing in casual conversation.

3. Create a husband-friendly environment. Maybe things have been tense. Maybe the language of love hasn’t been spoken in a while. Make it safe for your husband to show love. For instance, compliment him on his BBQ skills. Thank him for entertaining the kids while you finish up work. (Sure, that’s his job. He’s their dad. But say Thank You anyway.) Be a noticer of good things and call them out in your husband. A husband who feels respected and appreciated, just for being who he is, walks differently in the world.

So now, when my husband and I want to express our deep love to each other, we write “Shut the door!” on a Post-it. We both know all the history (and love) that is behind those three little words.

Don’t just wish for love. Keep looking for it.

Have a ThirtyOne-deful day!

Hope Wissel

A Hard Lesson Learned 

 

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“Freely you have received; freely give.” Matthew 10:8b (NIV)

The hot water rinsed the shampoo down my head and neck as my mom tenderly washed my blood-soaked hair. I had just returned home from the trauma center after being involved in a serious six-car accident just hours before — grateful to be miraculously alive.

It was difficult to comprehend walking away that evening from the emergency room with no broken bones, no visible cuts. MRI and CAT scans showed no brain injury from my scalp gash and being knocked unconscious from the side airbag. Eleven staples in the back of my head and body bruises were my only (yet barely visible) battle wounds.

The inner wounds lingered, though, as I processed the lessons God was trying to teach me.

Loved ones and friends brought daily meals, sent cards, flowers, texts, emails and left sweet phone messages for me. Mom chauffeured me around for a week to doctor’s appointments and errands before I was issued a rental car.

As grateful as I was, I struggled to accept their help. It has always been easier for me to give, to serve, to try to be in control of my situation, my surroundings. This car accident changed my perspective and humbled my heart.

God wanted me to learn this truth about myself: I’m not good at receiving.

As result of that accident, I learned a hard lesson. I learned to ask for help when I need it. And when I did, God taught me the blessing of receiving.

God’s Kingdom is built on the principle of giving and receiving … receiving and giving. At times we need to do both.

Asking for help is often hard, whatever the reason. At Proverbs 31 Ministries, we love to give. We love serving you, and offering God’s Word to a hungry world.

And at times, we struggle to ask for help. But we know that would deny others the blessing of giving. For some, giving is a spiritual gift, as Romans 12:8 shows us (see below).

Our key verse in Matthew 10:8b teaches us that our hands should be open when it comes to giving and receiving help. Jesus was giving specific instructions to His disciples in that passage. The full verse eight says: “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”

God wired our hearts to give and receive. He gave the Ultimate Gift. He gave sacrificially. He gave from His heart, just as He wants us to give sacrificially and have the grace and humility to receive. How many times have I rejected God’s offer of help to me, thinking I could do life on my own? It was pride.

This incident taught me the hard lesson that I needed to learn to ask for help. I thank God for my car accident and that He spared my life for His purpose. I pray God continues to show me how to give sacrificially and receive with grace and humility.

Thank you Encouragement for Today and Dayna Jordan.

 

Hope Wissel

Is the Law of Attraction Working

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Dreaming of success yet it doesn’t seem to come?  Want to see your bank account grow but all that seems to arrive is bills?  Do you wish for something so hard but that wish never comes true?

Have you heard about the “law of attraction” and thought it is CRAZY?  The truth is that you can reframe a situation and attract wonderful things into your life.  Has my unexpected income arrived? It is on its way because I BELIEVE and I am ready to receive it.  Here are some reasons why the law of attraction may not be working for you:

1. Your request wasn’t clear and specific.

Just like you would order a meal in a restaurant – exactly like you want it, you need to ASK specifically for what you want.  If it is a dollar amount, write a paper check and hang it on the wall.  Want a specific goal in your business, be specific and ask for it.

2. You didn’t visualize it.

Clearly ask then visualise it. Imagine yourself having it. Feel the feelings having it would give you.  Use your imagination and all of your senses – sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. What will it feel like when you receive that unexpected income?  What will you do with it?  Feel the emotions that go with it – excitement, happiness contentment etc.

3. You didn’t believe it was really possible.

Be honest.  You asked for something that you didn’t believe was attainable?  Either you didn’t really believe in the law of attraction, or you didn’t believe that this specific thing you are asking for could  happen. Not believing blocks you from attracting whatever it is that you want. If you are struggling, start with something small that you can actually BELIEVE will happen. Once you get that, you can ask for more and get it. Work your way up as your faith builds.

4. You felt you were undeserving of it

This was a big one for me!  You are worthy! You are so deserving of everything you desire. The people that are successful, rich and happy – are not better than you. All of us are equally valuable, important and worthy. We all have our own unique gifts, talents, and necessary contribution to this world. It is why you were born.

5. You didn’t allow it, accept it or take action

Don’t try to force things to happen.  Don’t require it to happen the way you want it. Don’t keep checking on it. What you ask for could happen (and probably will happen) in a way that you never guessed it would. Trust that God (or the universe) knows more than you, knows everything actually, and has the power to make it happen.  Be willing to step out of your comfort zone.  Take action when you feel inspired. Do the things that make sense to get you closer to what you want.

6. You don’t believe you already have it

Believe it is yours.  Know that it is yours.   Imagine your name is written on it and it’s on its way to you. Own it. You are sure that when you order something it will be delivered, right? Even though you are not holding it in your hands, you know it exists, it’s yours and it will be here soon. This is the same thing.

7. It was something you didn’t really want, or part of you didn’t want it

Maybe you asked something that you really didn’t want but something that you thought you “should” want. Ask yourself what is the reason behind what you are asking for and what you really want.

So, who is ready for that promotion? Or new job? Or raise? Or whatever it is that you truly want?  Share it with us.  Speak it into the Universe so it will happen.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Manifesting Magnets

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It is Throwback Thursday!  This is from a Thirty One Leaders training held about 2 years ago.  Cindy Monroe joined us in the afternoon and NO, I didn’t cry this time when I met her.  What an AWESOME day!

I have been reading (and re-reading The Secret) as well as getting the daily teachings on my phone.  Do you use Manifesting Magnets?  I have become obsessed with them, in a good way.

It is all about ASKING, BELIEVING and RECEIVING all that the universe has for us.  In the past, I was great at asking but when it came to truly believing in my core, well that wasn’t happening.  Did I mention that I am not great at receiving BUT awesome at giving?  I know there are a lot more of you out there like that, right?

Some have not read The Secret, but I have heard them talk about manifesting magnets which is along the some line.  You are using your focus and energy to bring positive results.  Maybe you are looking for money, opportunity, love, or harmony.  Whatever your desire, you can manifest it (ask for it).  Do you think that I am crazy?  Are you saying “I keep asking for  XYZ and nothing happens”?  Remember it is a 3-step process not just 1!

I came across these  3 manifesting magnets:

1.      Put a gratitude alarm on your phone that says “What am I grateful for right now?”  (gratitude is the gateway to positive manifesting)

2      Decide every day to do 1 small thing for someone else  (you instantly align yourself with positive flow when you do)

3.     Choose an empowering image and use it as the wallpaper on your phone, tablet and computer (this creates a trigger to put you in a state of positive vibration and manifestation)

These 3 simple steps have power in them.  By building manifesting magnets into your life, you will open the flow to your desire.  By doing these simple things, you will also actually start to BELIEVE that your desire will come to fruition.

The last step is to be ready to receive the blessings.  A fierce cheerleader, Eryka Peskin, gave me a great tip that I have been practicing ALOT.  When someone pays me a compliment, I say “thank you, it is true”.  Does it sound cocky?  To some it might.  The reality is that is how I am learning to RECEIVE and BELIEVE at the same time.    I mean how many of you receive a compliment, say thank you BUT truly don’t believe what the person has said. OR you counter it with “thank you BUT”.  STOP!  You are manifesting negativity instead of positivity.  I know it isn’t easy.   Believe me it has taken me weeks.  It can happen though and when it does, you will be amazed at how you feel.

So, set the alarm on your phone (for random times if possible).  Do something nice for someone each day.  Post that picture of what you want where you will see it all of the time.  Don’t just post the picture and glance at it.  Take a moment to actually FEEL what it will be like to have that item.  For me, it is a check – some extra unexpected cash for National Conference and a short trip to see my daughter.  I believe that it will come.

I have the power in me to make it happen and so do you!  What is your desire?  Have you asked the Universe for it? Do you believe that it will come? And are you ready to receive it when it does?

I would love to hear your thoughts on manifesting magnets.  Have  ThirtyOne-derful day!