Thank You, REALLY?!?

I have run into an “interesting” trend lately. Several of my friends, colleagues, and people I coach are struggling with “impossible” individuals in their work, school, and life.

I really do understand this. There are times when I wonder the value of the person criticizing me to the point where I want to cry. Yet at the moment I find something good about that person, I know I am on the road to greater happiness, joy, and success.

Is this an easy find? Definitely not, but when I find the other person’s gold – I have increased my capacity and more good does follow.

Something to ponder,
Anita

The High Probability Win

I am in favor of really BIG, AUDACIOUS goals. You should definitely want to achieve them and know why your goals are important to you. This gives you a solid foundation from which to excel.

That said, I truly believe that the actions you decide to take to move you toward your goals should be absolutely doable. The actual size will depend on where you start. Bottom line is that you can execute any action with the talents, time, and motivation you have at the moment. If you can’t, then make the step smaller and smaller and smaller if that’s what it takes.

Set up yourself to win again and again and again. Then all of your “within reach” steps will accelerate your growth, success, and happiness.

Enjoy your day.
Anita

Missed Opportunities

Yesterday, a friend was moaning about how opportunities were shrinking and no one wanted a person of her age. While some opportunities could be out of reach to my friend, more than likely – she is shutting out / shutting down opportunities that could be viable. Why would my friend close out opportunities, especially if she believes the numbers are decreasing? Good question.

Here are some possibilities for why my friend misses opportunities:

  • She is living in the past and the new opportunities aren’t with what she is familiar. SCARY.
  • Current opportunities may require skills she doesn’t have – but could obtain. TOO MUCH TROUBLE.
  • She wants to work when it fits into the rest of her life (which is her number one priority). WORK IS MORE OF A HOBBY THAN A COMMITMENT.

So if you are like my friend and see a shrinking set of opportunities, pause and see if the opportunities are actually less. Or, if you have put barriers in the way, shutting out good stuff that could be great for you?

Warmly,
Anita

Power Pivots

I work with people, quite often, who to want to change everything in their careers – from a new industry to a new company to a new geography – all at once. What they describe as pivots are actually 180s – and can be intimidating, scary, and hard to pull off in one fell swoop. That said, pivots of any size that are progressive, can move you in the direction of the mega shifts.

So instead of thinking of ALL of the things you need to do to accomplish your big goal, take a step back and see what you can accomplish today – with the talents, resources, and time you have. Then you create a solid foundation of power pivots that help you create the future you want.

Enjoy,
Anita

If There Are Too Many to Choose

Oh my gosh! There are so many ideas, projects, and options where you can put your time, focus, and resources of all kinds. How can a person decide what to choose? I know, at times,  my head will start to spin by all of the possibilities. Yet, I hate to say “no” to anything out of a fear of missing out.

That all said, I have learned to streamline the options so I can move ahead. Here are the three criteria I personally use:

  • How important is this idea, project, option to me? How does it align with my personal values and purpose?
  • Can I succeed with the skills, talents, and knowledge I have (or could develop)?
  • Will it be fun?

While these may not be your criteria, be sure to have some. Then, you can put your time and effort where you will have the payback and satisfaction.

Whatever you do, don’t delay. You could miss the opportunity and the good stuff that goes along with it.

Warmly,
Anita