Opening Opportunities for You

Do you believe in all of the possibilities of life – not just for others, but also for you? It’s easy to have life’s little twists and turns “erase” options and opportunities from your consciousness, yet they still exist. So as you approach your day, find one new way to do or think about something. Then notice the other things in your life that “open up.”

Best regards,

Are You More Struggle or Effort?

Someone once told me that there is a world of difference between struggle and effort, but initially they seemed much the same to me. My mistake.

We can put massive amounts of effort into our family, a project, or some other area of our life – and that could be absolutely perfect. We are often exhilarated by the journey, outcomes, and reviews.

Yet struggle is effort plus negative emotions and a sense of desperation. Not at all a good trio.

So the next time that you feel like you are struggling, pause. Then deconstruct the negative emotions and any sense of desperation and replace that “void” with a sense of appreciation and a generosity of spirit.

Then you will be more effort and rewards,

Is Your Dream Too Small?

I was chatting with a very wise friend the other day and she questioned a goal I have been working on for quite awhile. My life is so busy, I haven’t made the level of progress to which I aspire. In other words, my “victory” is taking longer than I’ve wanted it to. “I think your dream is too small,” she said rather abruptly.

I wanted to say, “are you kidding? did you just hear my schedule?!?” But, instead, I looked at her quizzically.

She laughed. “Anita, I think that you are wasting your time on this goal. If it were really important enough, you would make the time. You are really good at making the impossible happen – and I haven’t seen much of that lately from you.”

Well, my friend’s very direct words made me think: was I not succeeding at the level I want because I am playing in too small a game? So, I have set out on a mission to find goals that are big enough to be meaningful and a positive stretch. Will report back.

I encourage you to pursue your big dreams and back them up with consistent and life stretching action. Think of something you would do today if you were already living that dream – and do it for even 15 minutes!

Have a great Monday,

Why Worry?

Charles H. Mayo once said, “Worry affects circulation, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the heart.”

So think about this . . .

Did you know that the word “worry” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for choke? Worrying cuts off the stuff that breathes vitality into your life. So why suffocate? Practice replacing worry thoughts with empowering ones.

Have a great weekend,

Are You Feeling Successful and Happy?

Ever notice when you are feeling happy and successful, more success and happiness are right around the corner? Is there something “magic” in the air, water, or in your heart?

Wherever your feelings come from, they are a wonderful barometer for the health of your career, family, and life. Pay attention and you will have a vast amount of information that you can use to adjust your inner attitude. While not the easiest thing in the world to do, making internal changes to your heart and determination will yield amazing benefits in your environment.


Expanding Your Power with What Works

What if life is not one continuous problem solving session, but rather one glorious treasure hunt? Studies conducted at Case Western University show that individuals and organizations that analyzed their flaws and weaknesses had a more difficult time advancing than those who focused on what worked and built from there. This was true with children, teenagers, adults, and organizations of all sizes.

As an experiment for the next 31 days, first thing in the morning ask yourself: “What works about my relationships, career, health, your life as a whole – or you fill in the blank with whichever area you want to focus on?” Make a list, starting with 11 items on day 1. Add 3 items to your list each day for 30 days for a total of 101. This works. Just do it and you will reap tremendous rewards. Let us know what happens.

Have a terrific Wednesday,