I met last night with two friends, Kim and Kitty. We were meeting about some issues in an organization in which we are all involved. Right before they got there, I was feeling a bit down and shared this with them.
Kim lit up and clearly had something she wanted to share: “Anita, there is one thing that trips up each of us – and it is unique to each person. Look deeply inside and find it. When you do, your life will expand exponentially.”
Just that shift of perspective made me feel more hopeful, determined, and ready to go. I sat down this morning to reflect on “my thing” – still reflecting. Will keep you posted.
In the meantime, I would encourage you to strategically self-reflect and see what you uncover that might be holding you back. Not to dwell on it – but to transform it!
Have a great day.
Think of a piece of music that makes you jump for joy. Select songs that energize, inspire, and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. Consider combining these songs into your own custom CD. Then whenever you are feeling low or just low energy, pop in your special music. Soak in every note and then jump for joy.
Have a happy weekend,
Ever feel that you got off in the wrong city, country, continent, or even planet? Does it feel that if only you were somewhere else, life would be grand? While changing locations can feel good temporarily, it doesn’t change the fundamental qualities that make you less than happy. Instead, think of where you are at this very moment – personally, professionally, and even geographically as your personal happiness laboratory. In this very place, you have the power to create what you cherish. What step will you take today?
Have a victorious Thursday,
Arthur Rubenstein once said, “Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don’t set any conditions.”
Is your definition of happiness and success so hampered by stipulations that you can’t possibly win? As a first step, write out any conditions you must have to be happy and successful. Which ones can you do without? Pitch them and begin to enjoy life more.
What is holding you back from achieving your goals and dreams? That “reason” is exactly the same thing that gave another person the purpose, focus, and determination to overcome it and succeed.
Today, locate a person who faced your obstacle and overcame it. Find out how s/he used the challenge to advance. While you will likely take a somewhat different approach to build on your strengths, you could learn a lot studying those you triumphed before you.
Have a fantastic Tuesday,
Many people argue about what’s most important in life. Is it wealth, love, peace? What matters most is faith in your true potential and your efforts to reveal it to the highest level. As you do, you are greater able to share with the world extraordinary wealth, love, peace, and much more.
So today take a few moments to go inside, look for your Self, and when you find it reveal it to the world. The benefits for you and the world are enormous so don’t hold back.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
Do you have a book in you?
Write a “Motivational Blockbuster” in a notebook. My friend, Danielle, does this all of the time. She pulls together ideas, quotes, and encouraging stories. Then each night, she writes down one thing that made her feel good. You can do the same.
If you aren’t “up” that day, follow Kevin McCoy’s advice and make your book a “Sad Pad.” Use it to vent frustrations. Just end each entry with a positive thought.
Have a fantastic weekend and happy birthday to David B!
I was working with a graduate of the MBA program from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a rather senior guy with significant leadership and management experience with a multinational corporation. We were chatting about a variety of things – from the state of the world markets to the nuances of leadership. Given my passion for understanding the underlying factors of success, I asked: “We both know that expressing gratitude is important – yet how can we make it concrete?”
He didn’t say a word, but instead whipped out his mobile phone. Then he said, “Do you remember this?” and begin to play a year old voice mail message. This grad had volunteered at an event last year. One of my colleagues told me that he had done an amazing job, so I took 30 seconds to tell him. No embellishments, just the facts.
“That’s how you make gratitude concrete,” he said. “And, it’s a free ‘secret’ to greater success!”
So today, just notice someone doing something right and share what you see.
Have a great Thursday,
“Try, try again.”
“I think not. I’d rather just do.”
“But I tried,” said the child. What actually happened? Nothing. You deserve better than that. Start anew. Banish trying. Instead commit to take some action. Choose something easy and enjoyable that you can accomplish right now. Make a call. Catch up on your reading. Exercise. Then celebrate your win. I bet you won’t even have to try.
You are an example to others in life. This is true no matter what your role in life and whether or not you think others notice what you do. You are leading others by your example, so pay attention.