Do The Thing Already!

Do The Thing Already

You are still not stepping out in faith.

If you did, you’d already be & have all the things you are longing to be!

Faith means to do something that feels scary.

It’s not faith when it doesn’t make your adrenaline pump.

That door knock.

That question you need to ask.

That conversation that’s been holding you back.

That text or email you need to send but have been holding back.

Certain “BIG” things that we are afraid to do eventually become not big deals.

Like sitting on a chair.

The first time you sit on a chair you have faith it will hold you up.

And you learn to trust the chair.

You know it will have your back 99% of the time and things will be fine.

Yes, there is still the 1% of the time when the chair doesn’t have your back.

Like when I’m sitting around outside my backyard BBQ with a group of friends over. #perfecttiming

That is the prime time for the chair to break & my friends to laugh at me – naturally! So embarrassing, but hilarious!

But I will tell you one thing.

Within minutes I was sitting on another chair and there was absolutely no fear, no worry that the chair would not hold me.

I had faith, and even when the chair let me down, I had such strong faith in chairs that it did not stop me (or even cross my mind) from sitting in more chairs.

My faith lives on.

And so it is with life.

The first time is scary doing anything.

But you have to take that first step in faith.

Besides my ‘chair faith’, I have gotten good at stepping out in faith.

Like writing.

First time publishing this blog.


Second time.

More terrifying.

If that’s even possible!

Now, still terrifying with a side of calm knowing I won’t get struck by the hate police with every word I type – that’s only happened like 1% of the time!

Then there was video.

I still hate video.

Then there was all the things, love, marriage, parenthood, school, KETO diet… I mean all the things you step out in faith with.

All those things that terrified you, you eventually got over – they became your norm and you were able to do them with ease and no panic attack every time.




Right now.

Right now, there is something BIG.

Something so B I G that you MUST step out and do.


It feels bigger than anything you’ve ever done.

This is something your soul is calling you to do.

It may be something short term or long term.

It may be something silly to other people, but to you it’s big and scary.

I can tell you this.

Whatever it is, it will push you – THRUST YOU – into the next level version of yourself, but you won’t get there unless you obey that voice.


You can keep pushing it down and it will make you fat, get you sick, manifest whatever UGLINESS that comes from not listening to your purpose work.

Okay, maybe that’s just me.

Actually, wanna know what happens to me?


When I’m holding off on doing my souls purpose work in faith this is what happens!

(You may relate?!)

  • my house is clean, organized and spotless
  • so is my office
  • my kids are happy and full of sugar
  • my degrees and letters behind my name pile up
  • my body becomes fitter (because working out is waaaaaay easier that actually doing my scary purpose work!)
  • I’ve watched every series possible on Netflix
  • I volunteer like a MAD woman

But let me be very clear.

None of that above is really my soul work.


It’s great to have all that as a by-product, but you will also never be truly happy until you UNLEASH YOUR SOUL into it’s dream work.

It’s true.

I know when I’m completely turned on and tuned in – that’s when I’m in flow and my whole life hums and sings like a musical.

You won’t get what you want unless you step out in faith.


But that’s scary.

“A little adrenaline rush is good for you,” says me.

But, is it really? I like my quiet boring life.

The fire and fear and adrenaline rush tells you that it’s something you simply must do!

Your soul says ‘yes’.

Your comfy life says ‘no’.

Your belly is a mix of butterflies & bombshells & knots.

At odds.

Cognitive Dissonance.

Internal conflict.

A choice that needs to be made.

A decision.

A moment of stepping out in faith.


As Mel Robbins puts it.

Just do it.

As Nike puts it.

Eat that frog.

As Brian Tracy puts it.

You will never get to live your legacy, live your dreams without that step in faith.

Knowing that it will get easier over time.

I promise.

But, today.

Today you need to swallow that MF thing and get on with it already.


You hear me?!

Do the damn thing that you were meant to do and do it –

N O W.

Don’t forget – that’s how you….

Live Your Legacy.

xx Lisa


What’s Your Payoff?

What's Your Payoff?

There are 2 roads.

2 paths.

The first one is the one you’ve thus far created for your life.

It is where you are right now.

The family you have, the job, the hobbies, the love, the health, all of it.

In fact, if a scientist were to map out a prediction of your life, for probably 80% of humans, life would stay pretty close to the current trajectory you are on.

A pay raise here or maybe the odd career change there.

Similar house or neighborhoods.

Similar familiar people sprinkling in the odd new people your path crosses – like minded of course.

It’s actually a good life.

It’s comfy.

It’s cozy.

It’s good.

The payoff is you get to live in a safe, secure, somewhat happy life.

I say somewhat happy because the opposite of this life path you are on is this:

The unknown.

If you were to do something crazy and live with no fear, press play on your life and not give a damn what anyone thought, what would that look like?

The problem with doing that is that you potentially can rock the boat.

You all of the sudden are left in a precarious position of not knowing anything, having no security, having no idea what comes next.

The crazy thing about life is, there never was any security to begin with.

I mean, I tell clients that all the time.

Your life as you know it is not guaranteed, not even the GIC’s which by their very name spell lies that FOR SURE you will get your money back with interest.

Life has ZERO money back guarantees.

And we all walk around like it’s owed to us.

Like life owes us something.

And that we DESERVE guarantees and DESERVE to be compensated what we think is fair.

Meanwhile, totally adopting the victim-hood mentality.

I’ve felt like this.

We all have our moments.

After all, we do work so hard. Won’t something payoff in the end?

But, BUT, B U T… what if it never was about the getting, about getting your payoff that you think you want?

What if your life best lived meant taking the chances of doing that crazy thing you are so scared to tell your parents, like joining the circus, or becoming the world’s best video gamer or moving to Bosnia to help refugees on a missions trip.

We don’t – not all the time.

Maybe here and there.

I would say fitting in with the tribe, fear of being alone and fear of people not accepting us is the biggest thing holding us back.

Not to mention that we have set out our life trajectory and we know it’s okay.

I mean it’s not becoming a billionaire, but a very well adjusted, simple life of the thousandaire sounds fine too.

And that’s still better than the option of the other path.

The path that we deep down know is the path we are supposed to be heading down but don’t because fear holds us back.

The path unknown.

The path with no trajectory.

The path of pure adventure.

The path of pure faith.

The path where we might lose some friends for speaking out our minds and stepping fully into the person we were designed to be.

The path where we don’t know for sure who, what, when, where or how our life will turn out.

It’s the path where the only thing in the world we know is our WHY.

The path we so desperately want to go down that every time we get glimpses of what that life can look like for us we get so excited, we are dancing inside and every cell in your body is like HELL YES!

And then the glimpse is over.

You settle back into the settling of your current life.

I mean, don’t get me wrong.

I know you are still grateful. I know this is the life you wanted and maybe even dreamed about when you were 10-years-old.

But somewhere throughout your life, there was a little nudge.

You were made for something more.

It’s just that something more is totally scary.

I mean, adrenaline rush, freak-you-out SCARY.

You know it will rock the boat.

You know that people close to you will judge the pants off of you.

But then there’s the alternative.

The what if.

The dying without being able to live your legacy.

The place where your soul dies long before your physical house does.

This is why there is so much depression in the world.

Mark my words.

People are not living their purpose.

And they are too scared to do anything about it.

All the fears come up.

And so, we sit and suck up the incremental pay increases at our jobs, the suburbs and our white picket fences and don’t get to share who we fully are with the world.

The world is sad.

Why is the world sad?

The world didn’t get to hear your gifts.

The world wanted you to show up and you didn’t.

You are letting down the world by not sharing your gift.

Did you know that?

This isn’t some pity-party for yourself, you are literally letting the world down by not fully doing the thing you were meant to do.

Sell it sister.

You are also letting the world down by not fully making the money you know you can make.

You are also lying to the people you love by showing them the ‘fake’ you.

You need to know that the people that don’t support and love you for who you are and the ‘real’ you (when you FINALLY decide to show up in your GLORIOUS-GOD-MADE form) aren’t your people.

Do you hear me?

The haters in your life that aren’t absolutely in love with all your crazy, wild, living-full-out- BITS of you AREN’T YOUR PEOPLE.

New people – your ‘real’ people will show up.

It’s trust.

It’s trusting that when you press play on your life that your PAYOFF will be GREATER than you ever imagined.

It’s just taking that first step.

It’s just the deep faith, the deep belief and deep trust that you get to live the life you were meant to live.

The crazy unknown adventure.

Living a life that NO ONE could ever plot a trajectory map for because it’s going to be a WILD ride.

You were made for the adventure.

You were made for the GREAT unknown.

Scary as it is, you have to…..

Live Your Legacy!

xx Lisa

PS. The blog image is of the sunset this morning while I was writing. 🙂


The Smackdown on Integrity

Smackdown on Integrity

I need to riff on integrity for a minute.

No, not the kind that you place meaning on.

You know the one where you think integrity means you are an upstanding, non-lying, non-cheating person and can prove it to the rest of society.

Most of ya’ll think that’s what integrity really is.

Being good.

Doing the right thing.

Being Moral.

Following all the 10 commandments.

I mean, hey, if you haven’t cheated on your spouse or slept with your neighbours husband or wife or both, you must be doing pretty good on the integrity scale, right?!

You aren’t in jail. Check.

You pick your weeds and cut your lawn all tidy.



Heck, you still have all your girl scout badges to remind you how awesome you are.

(No, seriously, I do have my sash in the basement….don’t make me pull it out for you!)

You are FULL of integrity.

You are the outstanding citizen and you pat yourself on the back daily for doing all the things.

You pat yourself on the back for being the ‘good girl’ or ‘good boy’.

I mean, after all, you’ve played by societies rule book for living a good life.

You went to university, got married, had a couple kids and are a contributing member of society.


If I keep going on like this I’m going to regurgitate yesterday’s dinner.

I’m sure from the outside to anyone that has heard of me or knows me would think I’m all the things above – FULL of INTEGRITY (for the most part!)




Who placed such high meaning on the things that don’t really mean anything at the end of the day anyways?

The problem is how you’ve defined integrity your whole life.

And, it’s not your fault.

You’ve been raised by parents, grandparents, churches and religion, school systems and government organizations that have dictated to you what “integrity” ought to be.

AND now for the bubble burst…

Integrity is NOT being a good person.

Integrity is NOT living this ‘perfect’ life that everyone thinks it is.

I know this next sentence will absolutely stir another heated debate with my father, but integrity is not about right or wrong, good or righteous or following the 10 commandments or the laws of the land.

I think what most people forget as they are stuck in their right/wrong or white/black rules for living is that they forget that there is really no such thing as right or wrong.

You get to decide.

You get to decide ALL of it for your life.

That’s one TALL ORDER to fill.

And hence, most people don’t realize it and go through life flopping around by the waves that hit them, blame the waves when all they need to do is reach out their arms and swim.

Without getting too philosophical and creating another family debate on what’s right or wrong or truth or not-truth (love you Dad!) – you need to know this.


If you love your life right now, great! No need to read on.

If you are like me and have MANY areas in your life where you are not where you want to be, it’s time for your SMACKDOWN or SMACKUP, in this case.

Somewhere along the way, you stopped listening to yourself.

Somewhere along the way, you let other people dictate your life.

Somewhere along the way, you let your choices and decisions be those of others and not your own.

Somewhere along the way, you gave up only because your soul felt dead, sucked out of you.

Giving up was inevitable because the life you let other people talk you into you never really wanted to have in the first place, but you did it to appease the people in your life.

“Oh, look at her. What a good wife, mom, sister, daughter, volunteer, lawn-mower and geez, can she ever cook up a storm.”

When all you wanted was to be known as the artist, the singer, the painter, the author, the teacher, the speaker, the athlete, the writer, the dancer, the comedian, the designer, the actress, the director, the social-expert, the leader, the best lover, the best mother.

But no one knows you as such.

You’ve been pulled to many ways.

Stretched to thin.

Your light is a dim flickering barely able to attract a flea, let alone a moth.

You let your integrity go.


Do you realize?

Do you still not get it?

That EVERYTHING you EVER WANTED is on the other side of INTEGRITY?

That EVERYTHING you EVER WANTED is on the other side of keeping your WORD to YOURSELF.

Not your mom or dad.

Not your church.

Not your peers.

Not your boss.

Not your kids.



Isn’t that just crazy.

Think about it for a minute.

What if you ate everything you ever said you were or weren’t going to eat?

Made every sales call and follow up for your business you said you were going to make?

Said “I Love You” even if you knew it wasn’t going to be returned?

Do all the things you ever said you were going to do?

Stepped out in faith in all the areas of your life and followed through?

Where would you be right now?

(Side Step: My biggest regret, if I ever had to name one – not following through with my promises to myself, my own personal integrity. This is what I would say to my younger self.)

Let me paint the picture.


But before you can be that, you need to have integrity with yourself.

Then you can step into being an amazing human in all the other areas – BUT ONLY IF you first honour your word to yourself.

It doesn’t work any other way.

All the other ways will leave you stressed, tired and drained.

All the other ways will kill your spirit and suck the life right out of you and cause DIS-EASE in your body. (Yes, your body will suffer dis-ease when you are not in integrity with your soul #truthbomb What’s your body trying to tell you??)


Because you aren’t holding yourself to your higher self.

You are placing ALL THE THINGS OF LIFE before honouring your higher self.

You can call this whatever you like, but I call it the stuff God put in you (and it’s there by design on purpose).

You aren’t honouring yourself first, therefore you sure as heck aren’t honouring GOD by doing these non-soul-filling duties placed on you by man, not by GOD.

You know if you aren’t.

You know how you know?

Your soul becomes pickled.


You scream inside.

You’ve gotten so damn good at the whole ‘smile and nod’ thing every time you are asked for something that isn’t in alignment with your true purpose.

Physically, you may just want to sleep, or eat, or drink yourself to death (or any other form of shoving down your purpose work, like too much sex or drugs…)

When you are doing your soul’s purpose work, you are excited to do the things, take on the challenges and relish what is coming your way.

The rest?

The rest can disappear or literally go to hell. (Hell being the opposite of God’s will for your life.)

It’s not for you.

It may be for someone else.

But it’s not for you.

So STOP doing the stuff that isn’t in your wheel house, isn’t your calling, isn’t your soul’s desire.

Just STOP.

You can’t live out your purpose work when you are stuck in saying ‘yes’ to all the things that cause your soul to cringe.

Start saying ‘YES’ to you.

This goes for your relationships, your health and of course, your wealth!

Every time you say you are going to do something, DO IT.

Keeping your word to yourself needs to be placed ABOVE ALL.

If you keep letting yourself down you will never….

Live Your Legacy!

xx Lisa

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When Should You Quit?

When Should You Quit?

When should you quit?

When do you know it’s time to give up?

I’m going to be BRUTALLY honest with you right now.

I’m not liking life right now.


I’ve thought about quitting EVERYTHING everyday this year almost! That’s how bad it’s been. That’s how much I’ve been knocked down this year, and to be fair, for the last few years!

My life coach, who I’ve been working with for 7 years, had me FINALLY just scream. (Yes, I probably paid her for an hour of screaming and yelling and no doubt a few grunts!)

Let it all out.

(And I’m still very grateful and thankful for where I’m at, I’m just not liking the moment I’m in because I’m struggling to see if the direction I’m going is where I want to go to accomplish the BIG VISION I have.)

It’s been months, if not years of seeing VERY FEW results!

I mean in almost ALL AREAS OF MY LIFE.

For my iWatch fans, I’m on day 155 of closing all my rings – meaning I’ve worked out for the last 155 days.


I’ve journaled almost everything that’s gone in my mouth.

And barely shifted the scale – on most days, it’s even gone up!




Having on PAPER the best year ever has been MY WORST YEAR EVER.

Too many things going on – and I’m stressed 24/7.

BUT here’s the question.

When do you know it’s time to quit?

When do you feel like burnout is taking over?

Maybe it’s not the right question to be asking.

Maybe it’s more about the quality of the questions we ask ourselves that get us to the results we want.

I’m really in the midst of the mess of these GRANDEUR goals I’ve set for myself.

I have 2 choices.

Give Up.

Claim burnout and say it was too hard.


Press On.

Press Forward.

SUCK UP THE crappy days.

Here’s what I want to leave you with.

Going after BIG DREAMS is NOT all glorious.

It down right sucks.

But I’ll tell you what’s worse….

Staying Average.

Staying Normal.

Staying “The STATUS QUO” will never get you GREAT.

You can have a good life.

But as we know, good is the opposite of GREAT.

I live a good life.

I have a beautiful home in a stunning neighbourhood, 2 beautiful SMART kids, some AMAZING people to help me with my life, a BIG EXTENDED family – that’s almost too big (although I love each and every one of my cousins and aunts & uncles from all 4 sides of the family), a growing business and I’m SUPER healthy.

My life on the outside to viewers is probably pretty great.

I should probably just sit back and enjoy life.

But that was never the goal.

In fact, for those of us stuck here in Middle America with cushy Netflix-&-Wine lives that we live, do you really think this is what ALL THOSE who went before us wanted for us? To sit back and work some job, watch Netflix and sports and then maybe travel a bit and retire till the clock runs out?

I just am saying to you, to me, and to all who know they were built for something greater – to my soul sisters & my soul brothers who want to build empires and change lives and make this world a better place – it’s going to suck way more than 50% of the time.

Plus, time will go on anyway.

You may as well do something great with that time, even if it takes you 25 years to accomplish something GREAT.

(Okay, this is my kick-in-the-butt today as I’m not happy with my results thus far, but I’m building something GREAT – so I’ll keep going.)

Going after something greater when you already have a good life pushes you right out of your good comfy life and into unknown territory.

This unknown territory is not socially acceptable by the bulk of the people.

Going after something great means you start to turn down more dinner parties, girls-nights-out, trips and family events.

People start labeling you.

It’s funny how people always want what you have but don’t want to do the work for it.

Hence LOTTO sales.

That’s why there’s average.

That’s why there’s normal.

That’s why there’s an average salary of $85,000 a year.

That’s what most people strive for or better yet SUCCUMB to AVERAGE.

I dare you to deal with the blows, the garbage, the business-dealings-gone-bad, the investments-gone-bad, for the greater goal, your BIG VISION.

I dare you to be GREAT.

I double dare you to not quit.

To go all in.

To have your own back – because the world WILL NOT HAVE YOUR BACK.

(Side note: I think my optimism in life sometimes doesn’t serve me well because I still believe people are amazing and will always have my back – not that I believe we don’t support each other, it’s just more of a fact that I’ve learned you have to have your back a million times more than you think anyone will have it for you – you get my drift.)

To create something AMAZING.

To renew your vision everyday with FRESH EYES.

You must.

The average won’t do this.

But you were called to do this.

You were called NOT TO QUIT on the BIG VISION.

It’s pushing at you and causing you anxiety when you don’t go all in on your dream.

You can let the little things go and make course corrections along your journey, but you don’t quit on the BIG GOAL (This includes your MONEY goals!)

So, you may have to let out a few screams, cry and make other people unhappy (again, not your problem) because you are now choosing something that is uncomfortable for them and for you – something new.

Well, so be it.

When should you quit on those big dreams, the purpose work?



Because your soul knows when you are giving up and giving in and quitting on your purpose work.

The hardest thing to do is honour your soul above all else.

Above all else.


You were made for more.

You were made to…

Live Your Legacy!

xx Lisa

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The Not-So-Sexy Side of Goal Setting

Alone In The World

I was teaching a Grade 8 Economics Class for Junior Achievement last Friday.

Our first activity of the morning was a goal setting exercise.

Goal Setting.

Simple Goal Setting.

You put your goal in the top of the pyramid broken into 4 sections and reverse engineer your goal back to daily habits that you must take to reach your goal.



It’s much harder than it looks.

First of all you have to know what exactly it is that you want.

So, here is where ummmmm 80-90% of us fail.

We fail to even know what it is we really want.

(It makes financial planning or any planning extremely difficult!)

We would stare at a blank piece of paper all day.

It would probably be easier to fill the “goal” section with what we don’t want, copy someone else’s or some half-assed goal we really don’t care about but think we “should” do.

We have that figured out what we DON’T WANT in spades, but to actually pinpoint the thing we WANT is incredibly difficult.

We end up borrowing other people’s goals all the time.

  • run a marathon
  • make a million
  • save a million
  • pay off your mortgage/debt
  • lose weight
  • get married
  • have kids
  • have a white picket fence
  • a dog?
  • etc.etc.etc.

I mean, really, is this what we want?

Fake it till you make it doesn’t work with Other People’s Goals.

The easy part of this goal setting is the reverse engineering and figuring out all the steps we need to take to make our goal a reality – but again, most people don’t know what they want – they don’t know what to put in the top section of their triangle.

And I’m not talking the vague goals – like hitting a beach in retirement.

I’m talking about that picture goal where they could describe the taste, sights, smells, feels of their goal.

Okay, so we get that most people don’t actually know what they want and don’t really have goals.

By the way, I fall into this category often.

It’s realizing once you’ve climbed one mountain you are now at the foot of another mountain and then you need to decide which mountain you are going to climb now.

Sometimes you are just tired of climbing.

Tired of reaching goals.

There’s nothing sexy about goal setting.


Figuring out how you want to design your life – YOUR LIFE (not the life your parents wanted you to have) is hard work.

It’s definitely something that takes longer than 5-minutes.

Sometimes, for excitement, you keep on the goal hamster wheel, never quite accomplishing the ‘real’ goals because what is on the other side of that goal is change and fear and better to stay in the comfort zone of predictability.

And then when your life goes from not having anything figured out to having your goals totally laid out, figured out and you’ve boarded the train – no turning back – then what?

I had K (not her real name obvi) crying in my grade 8 class.


Friday morning.


I asked her what was wrong and she began to tell me how people will make fun of her if she goes after her goal.

Now, keep in mind that we just started the goal exercise which is supposed to take 5-minutes out of a 4-hour teaching program that I was facilitating.

I haven’t had enough coffee at this point yet….

So, I approached her and saw she had indeed filled out the top of the pyramid (you know, the one goal that most of us haven’t even figured out yet!)

She wanted to be a cartoonist.

My heart crumbled listening to a 14-year-old share with me her passion for wanting to create a cartoon and how she decided not to go after her dream because she cared too much about what other people would think of her, from her family to her peers and friends and how they might make fun of her and think her idea for a cartoon was dumb.

I was at a loss for words.

These are conversations I have daily with my entrepreneur circle of friends at age 40, not a conversation I would expect to have with a 14-year-old.

My heart wasn’t at a loss for words.

My heart just wanted to pour into her 39-years of encouragement.

I rubbed her back and just listened to her cry and share with me all the reasons she couldn’t become a cartoonist.

I tried my best, but what I really want to say to her I can’t say in a 20-second span of time.

So, I encouraged her as best I could to go for it and said a silent prayer for her under my breath – something along the lines of, “Dear God, Bless this dear girl’s dreams. Give her strength and throw me some too while you’re at it!”

Don’t worry, I didn’t tell her that life sucked and that she WOULD in fact be rejected by the world MANY times if she really did go after it!

It’s the horrible secret that successful people never want to tell you about.

Then I wrote this to her.

Maybe it’s not for her, maybe it’s for me today.

Maybe it’s for you.

Maybe one day she’ll read this or maybe my daughters will.

Dear K,

You have had a big dream placed inside of you.

It’s there on purpose. It’s what you are meant to do in this world, in this life.

You have to listen to that dream.

I want to warn you that it won’t be easy.

In fact… it down right sucks like 99% of the time.

You will have sleepless nights on your journey.

You will suffer bouts of depression and anger.

You will swear and curse and yell in frustration.

It’s not happy, it’s not glorious, it’s hard unrewarding work for most of the time.

You can’t give up because your only job is to share your gifts.

Your job is to make your art, create what you are here to create and share it with the world – even when it feels the whole world is laughing, even when it feels the whole world is against you.

When this happens, focus on ‘the one’.

The one person whose life you are going to change, transform and make better because you followed your soul, your dream, your passion.

That one person needs you.

(Even if that one person might be you.)

They need to hear you, see you – they are seeking the encouragement you will give them by living your dream out loud for the world to see.

And yes, there will be haters.

The more you share your gifts, the more people will disagree with it, mock you BUT the glorious side of that is that the more you share your gifts the more you will find your people, your community – more love.

Don’t live your life for someone else. It’s the biggest regret most people have.

Don’t live your life with out letting your dream out into the world – otherwise it festers like a cancer in your body when you do that.

You are rare and special and have a dream that makes you uniquely you.

Your only job is to follow that seed and see where it grows to.

It’s not your dream’s job to make you happy.

It’s not your dream’s job to make you rich.

It’s not the world’s job to cheer you on.

Those things will be by-products at some point.

For right now, it’s your job to tune out the nay-sayers who tell you to quit and get a “real” job, or stop pursuing your silly dreams (side note: WTH is that? A ‘real’ job?! People still say that to me!)

Your job is to stay focused on your art, that big goal ahead of you.

That’s it.

The rest can fall away.

There is no better feeling than feeling proud of the work you do and doing the work you were called to do.

You were called to this.

This is your LEGACY.

Live it.


xx Lisa


Saying “No”

Saying No

Here’s some shocking truth:

When you say “No” you are saying “YES” to yourself.

I only say shocking because most of us still haven’t figured this one out, yet we’ve heard it a million times.

Lately, I’ve been learning to say “No” to a few things.

I still have a LONG way to go and I’ll tell you it doesn’t FEEL good right now.

It’s not a skill I’ve ever wanted to use.

I’ve always been your “Yes” girl.

I love people, love social events, love business events – and yet, I’m forcing myself to exercise the “No” muscle.

Sure, it’s easy when there is a scheduling conflict – and then you choose the higher priority option, but when you have to choose and event over yourself…

This, for many of us people pleasers, is incredibly hard.

But here is the crazy thing.

Growing the “No” muscle, like all skills & habits, will become easier with time.

My biggest fear is that I’ll get so good at saying “No” that I will end up be ostracized from society and no longer have any friends. #truestory

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”

Warren Buffet

I might classify myself as a successful person on most days.

The problem is —- that I would really like to fall into the “Really Successful” category one day, and that is probably going to be a stretch for someone who says “Yes” to so many things.

You can even “over volunteer”.

Not that any of it is really bad.

Volunteering isn’t bad.

Social and Family events aren’t bad.

Business Conferences and Networking events aren’t bad.

In fact, it’s all FUN!

But I will tell you why it’s bad for you.

It’s bad for you if your soul has been requested for another project.

or said in another way…

You’re not doing your purpose work.

You are procrastinating by over-volunteering, over-connecting, over-networking, even over-working in a job that’s not for you or just over-doing all the things you know you are not called to do.

And it’s hard.

It’s sucks your entire schedule up, gnaws away at all your time and leaves you EMPTY.

Doing things that you are not called to do, that don’t align with your soul WILL in fact leave you empty.

And guess what… I see the empty, stressed out souls.

I can probably only identify them because I’m one of them.

Well, I’m aware and working on it…

TIME being the biggest thing we must protect as a non-renewable resource, and not as important is money – only because it is a renewable resource.

(Yes, there’s more money ALWAYS available to you.)

However, this whole funny “saying “No” to others is actually saying “Yes” to yourself” thing also applies to your wealth and money.

The more you say “No” to buying crap you don’t need, the more you are saying “Yes” to your future self.


Food for thought anyways.

I can say “No” to buying almost anything for myself.

It’s like a skill that comes after years and years of practice.

However, when it comes to my kids, I’m horrible.

And, I know so many parents are in the same boat.

We literally give our kids anything – you know what I mean.

This whole saying “No” thing is very difficult.

I would say men in general have an easier time with saying “No” than women. It’s like we have this natural “say YES to everything” gene programmed in us – just from what I have observed my whole life.

And what makes it really easy to say “No” is when you have clear and defined plans, goals, outcomes you are seeking.

When you do know what goal you seek, saying “No” becomes a whole lot easier because you are saying “Yes” to your goals and making yourself a priority.

Staying in alignment with your soul and your soul’s calling will be rewarding, even if at first it’s hard.

Maybe it’s time you get on the “No” train as Marie Forleo says.

Maybe it’s time you start to choose yourself over all the other stuff.

I would also say to you that I’ve heard this story for over 20 years, but just now starting to REALLY REALLY internalize it and what it means to my life to say “No” to the things pulling me away from my goals (and the people!)

Not easy.

The only other thing I really want to say on this topic is that the people who don’t have clearly defined goals and plans will always be swayed by the people who do.

In other words (and I’ve said it so much, I’m sure it will be printed on my headstone) – THE PERSON WITH THE MOST CLARITY WINS!

So for all my peeps who are committed to a goal, to their financial goals, their body goals, their family goals, to their business and to something BIG they are doing in the world – learn to say “No” and you will….

Live Your Legacy.

xx Lisa


Selling Yourself On Yourself

Selling Yourself on Yourself

This is it.

What I’ve learned about all of life can be boiled down to this:

You have to KEEP selling yourself on yourself every day.

You have to KEEP selling yourself your dreams.

You have to HAVE your own back, day-in and day-out.

You have to TALK yourself up and TALK yourself off the ledge.

You have to KEEP going even when it sucks, even when it feels like this whole “life” thing isn’t working out the way you planned.

You have to RECOGNIZE that there are REALLY, TRULY going to be more shitty days than good ones ESPECIALLY if you are on your way to achieving BIG goals you set for yourself, AND THEN still be okay when you know it’s all an uphill battle all the time.

Knowing the next battle is 5-minutes from now.

You have to KEEP re-iterating to yourself, over and over like a broken record, the plans, the goals, the dreams.



Sometimes minute by minute.

You have to FIND a way to bring to life the desires of your HEART everyday.

This is MINDSET. This is SOULSET. This is HEARTSET.

(This is when you need to read Robin Sharma’s newest book, 5AM CLUB!)

These are the keys to REALIZE that dream that for most of us will take years, if not decades to achieve.

Sure you don’t need to do any of this, and just coast through your average comfy-comfort zone life. (Then this blog isn’t for you. This is for the ones who know they are called to the BIG MISSION, the BIG DREAMS, THE IMPOSSIBLE.)

What are you building right now? Is it really worthy of your truest, highest self?

Ya… that’s a #micdrop if I ever heard one. #boom

Are you doing the work you were called to do?

It’s not glamorous.

It’s not even thrilling.

In fact, most of the time it’s emails, scheduling events and appointments and the crap work. It’s mind numbing.

The daily grind is the only place in the world where what feels like a billion little losses over time end up in EPIC WINS when you have your goal before you.

You have to BE PERSISTENT.

You can’t quit.

There’s only one way to become great.

The only way to do great things is to believe in your own bull-shit so passionately, that eventually it comes true.

Take the steps necessary when:

  • no one is watching
  • no one is looking
  • no one cares
  • no one will save you
  • no one is cheering you on
  • when the whole world is against you

Today is 200.

200 Weeks.

200 Blogs.

200,000+ Words.


Taking action on my dreams when:

  • No one is reading
  • No one is liking or hearting my posts
  • I sure don’t feel like it
  • I feel it’s not working
  • I feel it’s the biggest waste of time ever
  • I just want to cry (and cry I do…)

That is what I’m celebrating today.

200 weeks of doing the work.

Sometime C- work, sometimes A+ work.

Doesn’t matter.

I showed up.

I showed up for myself.

I did the work.

That’s all.

Keep doing the work when no one is watching.

That’s how you become great.

You have to learn that it’s nobody else’s job on the planet to make you happy.

You learn quickly it’s no one else’s job on the planet to save you.

No one is going to bail you out.

(And trust me, I so desperately want to be saved! I’m a Disney Princess at heart….)

It’s nobody else’s job on the planet to help you.

You have to help yourself.

You have to SELL yourself on that BIG ASS DREAM every bloody day. (And yes, they are messy days, maybe not blood, but sweat and tears for sure!)

And yes, it’s exhausting.

And yes, it’s not fun.

And yes, it down right sucks the life out of you.

(If your dream isn’t sucking the life out of you on some level, then maybe it’s not big enough, maybe you need to learn how to dream BIG….)

And yes, it can and will at times cause depression or illness and take you for everything you have.

But that’s only because it’s building you. It’s testing you.

Your vision, your dream, your goals.

They are testing to see if you are up for the job.

If you can handle the pressure.

The thing is this.

Compliments are nice.

We all want to hear them.

BUT THE GREAT will not fall for the compliments, as they will not fall for the negative words or criticisms – good, bad or ugly – it’s all just noise.

THE GREAT only listen to that still small voice inside them.

It will NEVER EVER let you down.

They are masters of blocking the rest of the noise out.

They continue on.

They know that it’s their job and only their job to see their vision through to the end.

That the whole way they view the world is up to them.

So, they become masters at selling themselves on themselves every moment.

They become masters of winking at themselves in the mirror and loving themselves and slapping their own ass.

They know that the world is a better place with them in it AND sharing their gifts IN FULL.

They are relentless.

They will not stop because you don’t like them.

They will not stop because of your opinions.

They will SUCCEED because they don’t quit.


xx Lisa

PS. CHEERS to my fans and readers who have literally been with me for these past 200 weeks as I endeavor to radically transform money mindset & financial education in our world. I’m so grateful that you read these words and I pray I add some encouragement and ASSet Kicking to your day, but above all, I truly hope you are out there living your legacy. Shine bright. xx

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The Power of “AND”

The Power of And by Lisa Elle

I have been in a state of inquiry.

This happens often for me.

I hope it happens to you too, cause it’s a growth thing.

Sometimes I get my answers immediately and move on with life.

Other times, I get stuck and stay in inquiry for weeks, maybe months.

My life seems to stop.

It comes in the form of depression, or at least that’s how it presents itself.

(I am cringing writing this, I really hate being this vulnerable with random strangers… and even more so with the people I love or people that know me!)

Not having clarity around a certain issue in your life always manifests itself in a form of depression. I’m aware of this for myself, and I can usually spot it in others. (If not, this being the main root of depression in most humans.)

This inquiry I’m in right now I want to share with you because I think it has a profound impact on ALL aspects of our lives, including money.

Warning: BLOG POST 1723 LIFE GIVING WORDS! #micdrop

So, way back in the day, the biggest challenge (of my teen years and twenties) most definitely was self-worth or my lack of it.

This is what fueled my life.

Not being good enough.

Never being good enough.

The entire list of accomplishments in my life can all be traced back to self-worth issues and having to prove everything to everyone.

I would say I valued myself below all people, from a place of love and respect. Meaning, I have always had the gift of being able to see the gifts and beauty of everyone around me, look at them with awe, but not myself.

I do have the gift of deep compassion.

I’ll be honest, I struggle with how that serves me. The best that I can come up with is that it is the fuel for my why and overflowing compassion which powers my relentless drive to serve others in the area of money mindset, above all the other money stuff.

Then in my early 30’s, I went through my awkward, but the BEST ever, spiritual phase. The one where you really seek out, test all your beliefs and come to a deep understanding about life and death and everything in between. You really come to know the character of God/universe/higher self. (PS. some people find this in their 20’s, others in their 50’s or 60’s – it’s not a competition, this is just when I really came to peace with death, for lack of a better description.)

The place where death has lost its sting, the place where I don’t fear death for myself or anyone, and the place where I literally have the peace that passes understanding – because you literally can’t understand it – it doesn’t make logical sense – AT ALL.

You just are connected to God. That’s what I call it – you can call it whatever you want.

That was my spiritual phase.

Where everything under the sun is meaningless (so to speak). Zen. Peace.

So, in this last decade – and keep in mind, I’m turning 40 at the end of this year – I have literally swung the pendulum from a place of “not good enough” to a place of “you are perfect just as you are” and it did leave me confused.



Cognitive Dissonance.

Opposite beliefs at best.

And can you see where having opposing beliefs in life can totally mess you up?

It’s like you are not allowed to like black and white, you have to choose one. (That’s what society has pushed for so long, still does. “Are you Republican or Democrat? You can’t be both.)

And I have said this many times, probably in 199 different ways (because you are reading blog 199!)….

Life is duality.

Life is meant to be opposing.

In all things.

The thing that we as humans forget and to be honest, we humans totally don’t like to sit on the fence where both sides exist.

We crave black and white.

We crave right and wrong.

Make a choice already. Stop procrastinating.

And do you know how difficult it is to live in a mind where you see both sides as equal and both beautiful and necessary to this life?

Can you live in a place where you hold 2 contradicting beliefs at the same time?

“You are worthy just as you are in this moment.”


“You can grow and strive for the next level.”

Wouldn’t that blow your mind?

I personally have been having a very hard time with it over the last few years trying to understand something that doesn’t really make logical sense.

On one hand, if you truly live in a place where you know that there is nothing you can do to “be worthy” – you just are – and that you were created perfectly and everything is perfect and let’s say you are totally sold on that and totally ZEN about it – then from a place of peace, contentment and love – what is the point of swinging back to the place of strive, hustle, become great, set the goals, do the things to get to the next level?

In other words, what is really the point of living? Why strive and fight for your goals? Why make the world a better place when the world truly is perfect as it is?

(Okay, I completely realize that this is going to sound crazy to some, but I know my peeps are nodding their heads and totally relating to this right now!)

Do you get what I’m putting down?

Why hustle when you are already created perfect?

Why strive when none of it really matters at the end of the day?

Okay, so, many people haven’t even discovered the place where they are worthy and created perfect and there is nothing they can do to lose favour in this perfect universe.

That’s really a hard thing to understand and resonate with, especially if you’ve been programmed not to believe that.

And yes, when you get to that point, you can join a monastery and meditate all day, because you are totally enlightened. (Vipassana anyone?)

You are SET FREE when you realize that you are totally worthy.

And then real life kicks in, your ego kicks in and wants more for you – wants more from you. (This is good btw, and by design.)

But wait – you are already made prefect – and worthy.

So, how does this all fit in with everything – money? life?


When you are completely stuck in the “I’m not worthy” and “always striving” camp, you will completely block the flow of money to you.

But when you are stuck in the “I’m worthy” camp and sit on your butt all day doing nothing just because you know you are worthy, that’s not good either. You will create a different kind of money block.

See how confusing this is?!

FYI – those of you with a hard work ethic, top of the class, volunteer to death, many degrees and certificates – especially in women – is usually (not always) a sign of “I’m not worthy.”

Isn’t that fascinating?!

It’s usually the women that bust their butts, and seem to have all this success from the outside world that struggle with self-worth the most.

Not to mention, people who are very intuitive and connected struggle even worse than the average bear.

If you resonate with this at all, you are my people!

But if there’s hope for me, there’s hope for all of us women/people that struggle in this area.

I learned a secret tool back in 2013.

It’s so simple and yet so magical.

It’s the word AND.


Yup, the word AND.

It’s being able to hold space for two opposing beliefs – or morph/combine the 2 beliefs and create your own new belief, totally in alignment with all your crazy opposing beliefs.

To utilize the word “AND”, you need to:

  1. Believe that your beliefs are the most powerful magical tool you have and can and will totally transform your life.
  2. That you can create any new belief at any point in your life – they are always morphing and changing, not just a one-and-done thing.
  3. Believe that words your say become your thoughts and your thoughts become your feelings and eventually deeply register as your actions – which become your beliefs.

If you believe those statements, then you can start adding the word “AND” into your life and start shifting some of your beliefs that are holding you back.


Perhaps you love yourself very much, yet on the same hand you want to “look” better in whatever area, yet you logically realize you can’t be unhappy with your body on one hand and love it on the other – it truly doesn’t make sense.

“Pick one already!” Your brain screams to you. Either hate or love yourself.

But the truth is this, we do love ourselves and we want to improve as well.

Here’s how you do that.

Combine your belief that you are worthy with a belief of something you would like to believe or accomplish, even if it doesn’t exist in your current reality.

“I am worthy AND I am worthy of (getting a boob lift, losing weight, start eating right, lift weights, rockin’ body, etc.)”

Here are some more examples of “AND”:

I am worthy as I am now AND I am worthy of:

  • being fit, lean & healthy
  • earning $XXX,XXX,XXX per month/year in my business
  • making $XXX,XXX,XXX per month/year at my job
  • saving/investing $XXX,XXX,XXX per month/year
  • being healed
  • on my way to becoming …….
  • being a great mom, sister, friend, daughter, wife, partner …….

I encourage you to write down a few of these statements in your journal and say them out loud AND let the words resonate through your body after you declare them.

There is power in words.

You don’t have to choose one side or the other anymore. You can love yourself in your current reality and get to the next level.

See, it still doesn’t make logical sense, but you’ll have to go on a leap of faith here and really start re-programming your neural-pathways.

If you’ve been struggling with being “good enough” and “not being good enough” at the same time, then this is how you conquer it. (The head-knowledge versus the heart-knowledge, right? They say different things.)

If you’ve been struggling with just the good ‘ol “not being good enough”, then just drill in the “I am worthy.”

The few people in the world that I have met that have this down to science are usually the most successful people I know, in all areas of their life.

Embrace the opposite.

Guess what!

There is room for us all and all our opposite beliefs to live in harmony.

You can love yourself, be enlightened and hustle and strive for the next level.

The world is a walking, breathing contradiction anyways. Many of us just haven’t accepted that it’s okay to just BE that way.

(BTW, this magic word can heal all kinds of relationships, not just your money beliefs.)

Make peace in your head, clear the chaos by adding AND to your life.

I am wonderfully made AND so are you.

Best of all, what becomes possible for you through the word “AND”?

Tell me!

This is how you….

Live Your Legacy!

xx Lisa

PS. Okay, that was a long one, but so important to get this mindset thing right! Same with your money!

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5 Ways To Master Your Networking

5 Ways To Master Your Networking

I’m heading to Calgary today to talk to a group of women on networking.

I decided to take a different approach than giving the standard spiel on, “make sure to be a card collector vs. a card giver”, “have your elevator pitch ready” and “know your follow up sequence” blah, blah.

You’ve heard it a million times.

You know how to network.

But I want to sing a different song to my group of 40 or so professional women today at lunch.

I thought this would be beneficial to you (my loyal blog readers) as well, because most of my tribe have something going on in the realm of business, and by golly – there has got to be a better way to network that to show up to a million meetings with substandard hotel coffee and stale doughnuts.


Here is my take on networking.

Once upon a time, an alpha-male (I’d use another name, but I’ll be polite) who was a “sales-guru” hired by my brokerage, stood in front of a room of “sales-people” and made us memorize that “our network = our net worth”.

He went on to say that if you want to kill it in sales, then you “MUST HAVE” a pretty big network.

Okay, so that wasn’t the first time I’ve ever heard that, but I took it to heart.

UNTIL, I realized I had a vagina and that I’ve NEVER been successful TRYING my whole career to do things the way a MAN does. Seriously.

(Not to bash men, I adore and look up to most of them, but somehow the alpha-males just get into my head and marinate there!)

But, before heading down the rabbit hole and telling you how I FAILED miserably in business until I started following my own way of doing things (like relating financial concepts to shoes as I do in my book, Strut), there was a greater truth that was revealed to me.

A few years later, last summer to be exact, there was this MASSIVE A-HA moment when I looked at a few VERY successful people around me and they actually had, like, NO NETWORK or basically just knew a few people in the business world. They kept to themselves, and you’d barely know they existed.

To take it a step further, they actually massively disliked humans – you know, for the most part – they never wanted to be around people AND YET, (here’s the KICKER IN THE FACE!) – they were worth millions and making a ton of money, if not millions a year.

This naturally confused me.

I mean, if I followed the belief that my network = my networth, then I would be one of the richest people in the world. I adore people, LOVE the humans, and because of it, I do have a huge network.

This belief of mine would also make most women the richest in the world, as we are queens of the socializing, but we all know this isn’t the case.

The “sales-guru” guy hired by my brokerage to tell me that the size of my network = my net worth was TOTALLY WRONG.

The 2 aren’t at all correlated.

That day my life changed.


I changed my belief from “my network = my net worth” TO “I could make money literally sitting at home all day”. (Not that I do, but you get my point.)

I just needed to find one or 2 amazing people to work with, or people whose zone of genius was “connecting” or hit up my exact ideal clients one on one and go for a coffee, once a week – not 500 times a week. (I have every coffee rewards card in the City of Calgary!)

I stopped chasing NETWORKING events. I stopped even looking for speaking gigs or anything.

Yes, I still LOVE speaking, and will do it because I love it, but I’m no longer doing it for the reason to network, I’m doing it to hone my skill as a speaker, so my message can reach more people.

Oh, and I LOVE HUMANS so much. So, that’s not changing.

Here’s the beautiful thing I’ve preached on this blog a hundred times: fall IN LOVE with changing, challenging and creating new beliefs.

Every time you change your beliefs, expand them or get rid of old ones, you up-level your life.

So, that is:

Networking Tip #1: Your Network DOESN’T Equal Your NET WORTH!

Networking Tip #2: The Person With The Most Clarity Wins

Every time.

Do you really know what you want?

(Cause if you don’t know you will be sucked into someone else’s “WHY” and “WANTS”!)

Why did you just show up at this networking event?

Did you walk in with a goal? Was it to build fabulous connections with 2 new people?

Hey, this goes for sales too.

Oh, and anything you want in life, including sex.

You have to know what you want.

The person with the most clarity wins because clarity breeds confidence and courage.

Let’s be honest.

Most people really don’t know what they want in the grand scheme of things.


Be clear.

Be direct.

Get in, get out.

Which leads naturally into…

Networking Tip #3: Time Is Your Most Valuable Resource

Before you sign up for your next “networking” meeting, make sure you really calculate the cost of it.

Time, usually being the biggest cost, is often wasted when you are a “people pleaser” like me. Naturally wanting to please everyone, I say YES way more than I should.

You need to get on the “NO” train, as Marie Forleo says, and oh, here’s something Warren Buffett said, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”



Networking Tip #4: Don’t Be Fake

Everyone can tell if you have a canned Elevator Speech.

I’m FULLY against them.

I don’t even have one.

Guess, what.

My belief here, (and you don’t have to believe what I say) is that LAW OF ATTRACTION will win EVERY TIME, meaning, if you say “UM” or screw up your elevator pitch by stumbling over a few words, trust me – it won’t matter.

Your vibe, genuine or not, salesy or not, heart-felt or not, will SHINE through.

People can see into your S-O-U-L!

So, don’t sweat the fact that you don’t know what to say or that your 30-second pitch isn’t great.

I change mine all the time. You’re probably like me.

Mutli-passionate and where to begin?! Do I start by saying I’m a writer, blogger, author? Or do I lead with my 20-years experience as a CFP, have created over 5 online courses or do I lead with the fact I’m a mom, or do I say I’m going to take over the world?!


Difficult to fit all that into a 30-second pitch.

Networking Tip #5: Be Smart

This goes back to the ‘time’ thing, but you need to pick and choose where you are going to get your best bang for your buck!

Maybe hotel networking events aren’t for you, maybe you are better off choosing specific volunteering gigs where you can better meet the people you need to connect to.

Or maybe you host your own lunch n’ learns or host wine n’ cheese events for prospective clients.

The thing is this.

Pick and choose wisely the events that will naturally feed your business.

Say “no” to the rest.

Maybe you prefer 1:1 coffee dates?

I do. I love getting to know people on a deep level.

That stuff FILLS ME UP!

If you do a ton of networking events, you obviously know you need to cultivate relationships. That’s what this whole thing is anyways.

That’s all marketing is.


Sharing your message with people.

So, do you have a plan for that?

Do you have a plan for cultivating relationships in a way that doesn’t feel yucky or salesy to you?

Do you have a plan for cultivating relationships that doesn’t leave you feeling drained by the end of the day?

Do you have a plan to take over the world (aka. take your business to the next level?!)

Make one!

Live Your Legacy!

xx Lisa

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