Hope Wissel

How To Make Today A Success

Happy  (almost) Friday!  The long holiday weekend is just around the corner, the kids are getting ready to go back to school and we are at month’s end….. so I wanted to talk about being a success.

Success means something different to everyone.  My definition has changed over the last 6 months both personally and professionally.  Yes, there are still days when I wonder if I am a success but most days I feel pretty successful, content where I am for the moment..  Being a self-employed success takes on a different meaning then it did when I was working for someone else.  I was blessed to have worked at various non-profit agencies where I felt like I was a success (at least 95% of the time).  As we hit the reset button and get back to a new routine for the Fall months, I want to make sure every day is successful.

Here are some tips which might help you:

#1 Start the day with 10 minutes of inspirational thoughts, readings, music, or meditations.  

I start my morning with several devotions and a few moments of silent contemplation.  I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but for ME, if I don’t start my day with some inspirational words – it is all down hill from there.  Of course, I need some coffee along with the inspiration.  Quiet time allows my head to “de-fog” and to stomp out any nasty inner gremlins who want to ruin my day.

#2  Remind yourself of the deeper “why” of your work.

Your “why” should be front and center.  I have a vision board which helps me stay focused.  Does it work every day?  NO but on most days it is a great motivator when I am getting a little side tracked or spending too much time on Facebook.

#3 Put on a smile (even it you don’t feel it).  

When you smile at someone, don’t they usually smile back?  Some days this is tough for me.  Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie visit and the best way to get them to leave is to SMILE and gaze at my vision board.  Then I get back to work…

#4 Keep your conversation positive.  

What do you say when someone asks “How are you today?”  My grandfather always used to say “GREAT, no sense complaining”.  He was right, no one wants a play by play on how bad your day is.  My response, is either “Good and you” or “I’m blessed”.  Choose your words carefully in order to stay upbeat.  Remember negative thoughts bring negative into your Universe

#5  Do the most important things first. 

Prioritize your list of things to do.  Start with the one you are dreading the most.  Get it over with.  Then move to the next 1 or 2 things on your to-do list.  Keep your to do list to no more than 3 things.  IF you finish them and want to jump on something else, great.  I don’t know about you but I feel VERY successful when I can check off tasks from my to-do list.

elephant-balance-chiropractic#6  Maintain a good work/life balance.

WOW!  This is one of my biggest problems – I am not good at balancing my time.  We are multi-dimensional people and need to do more than just WORK!  Tough words for a “struggling, recovering addict/work-a-holic”.  Remember the saying “all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl”.  It is TRUE!

Making every day a success means you need to CHANGE your MINDSET to a more positive one.  How do you make every day successful?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel



Have you ever woke up and felt YUK?  I don’t mean sick “yuk”, I mean that feeling that it is going to be a bad day or that nothing is going to go right or just plain grumpy.  Some weeks, I have more of those days then I care to count.  No excuses but now I know it is the “adjustment disorder combined with depression”.

I asked for the magic wand that would make this all go away and here is what I was told – YOU HAVE CONTROL!  I have the ability to decide which way I want things to go.  We talk all the time at Thirty One about hitting the “reset” button to jumpstart our business after a bad month.  Or at Weight Watchers we hit the “reset” button to get back on track towards our weight goal.

Why can’t it be the same thing for that tape that plays in our head with all of the negatives we have ever heard?  For me, I have been an all or nothing kind of girl for as long as I can remember.  That is changing with the latest “wand” or “reset” button.  When those tapes start, I close my eyes for just a second and visualize that button:

pink reset

I am practicing “pre-decision” at night as I fall asleep.  When I wake up and I feel the twinge of negativity (some mornings it happens), I STOP and:

  • Decide that I want to be happy, positive and fun to be around!
  • Decide that I will not lash out when I get frustrated.
  • Decide that I will turn over any mistakes to God for forgiveness.
  • Decide that I will ignore the enemy who wants to trick me with negative talk.

Decisions are tough and we will make mistakes but we don’t need to beat ourselves up over them.  I know I can’t be alone here, right?  By pre-deciding how we will act in a particular situation, we are sending positive energy into the world – stopping Satan in his tracks.

The same process works in our business..

  • Decide BEFORE the party that you will book at least 2 more to replace it
  • Decide YOUR goal for the month and never give up until you reach it
  • Decide to share YOUR passion for Thirty One with other people

Make decisions today that will still be good tomorrow. Yes, we may make mistakes but as long as we learn from them, it is okay.  Don’t let those mistakes dictate the way you live your life.  Don’t let the fear of a mistake stop you from never taking a chance or stepping out of your comfort zone.

Decide TODAY the tape that you want to listen to each day…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!