Full Proof Five: THINK Right

Maggie Hoppe 

I'm Back! Did you miss me? Dr. Hoppe's wife, Maggie, coming to you live and in writing! To be honest, I have let having two kids get the better of me. Wow, they are a lot of work and totally worth it, but as they say, it’s important to find time for yourself. Dr. Hoppe knows I love writing and has generously given me back this outlet to talk to you! So, let’s get started.

I bet you’re wondering what this sleep deprived working mom of two has to talk about? Well, over the next 5 weeks I am going to talk with you about work, life, and how to balance, as it relates to the Full Proof Five. A reminder, the Full Proof Five includes:

MOVE Right
EAT Right
This week, let’s start at the top, THINK Right. Honestly, I believe this to be the most important of the Full Proof Five. The way you think and your mindset affects the other four of the Full Proof Five. I have been back to work from maternity leave for about three weeks now, and apparently, according to most, I have what you call a “high stress job”. I'm in sales and it’s the only thing I have ever known, but to most, chasing a number every day, week and month can be overwhelming. There are three things I try to do daily to help get me in the right mindset to THINK Right. Let’s discuss.  

1. Listen to the Good Stuff.

We’ve all heard the saying, “you are what you eat” and we'll get to that in a couple weeks. This week, I want to change the saying slightly to “you are who you listen too.” What goes in must come out. Now, I personally listen to the radio a lot, I am in the car all day for work. I love being able to hit the power button and be entertained for a few minutes while I drive to my next appointment. Awhile back, I decided it was time to make a change with my radio stations. I started to feel uncomfortable listening to talk radio discussing things like cheating and spouses not being faithful. I think the thing that finally pushed me over the edge was when I heard them say praying didn’t work. I am a Christian and I believe in prayer. I use it in my daily life and believe it is the most powerful thing a person can do. So, why was I spending my whole day driving around in my car listening to a radio station that clearly whole heartedly disagreed with me? I changed the station, I changed what was coming in, which redirected my mindset to a more faith based and positive way of thinking. 

2. Keep the Faith.

I am a woman of faith and I can fully admit to you this next one, while I try hard, I am not consistent with. To the best of my ability I try to do my SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) every morning on the way to work. The church Dr. Scott and I go to (shout out River Valley!) could not make this any easier. I open the app and click on SOAP and I’m immediately linked to that day’s scripture. I can  listen to the audio on my drive to work. Remembering every day you are a part of something bigger; you are out there doing your job in a way that serves the lord. Remembering who you and your place in this world, it makes getting though the day that much easier.

3.  Keep it Simple.

Finally, something else that helps me to get through day, are my affirmations or simple daily quotes. I sometimes have a hard time concentrating and like to something simple to focus on. Here are a few of my favorites. Keeping it simple is the key to my personal success!

So those are my top three, what do you think? Listen to the good stuff, keep the faith and keep it simple. Try not to get too overwhelmed. Not all days will be good, but we got this, one day at a time! OK, I think that’s enough clichés for one week? Am I right?

Coming up next time, MOVE Right... that should be interesting!?!

Scott Hoppe