Listen Up for Success and Happiness

Are you getting nudged in a certain direction by books you read, people you talk with, and even music you listen to? The messages are often “coincidentally” the same – leading you toward something you know you want and may be a little scared to pursue.

I recommend listening with you ears and your heart. You can always choose not to act on what you learn, but if you don’t at least listen the messages will get louder and stronger until you do.

Who knows, you might discover something wonderful that leads you to greater happiness and success.

Thanks,
Anita

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Less Work for Greater Results

There are many people touting less effort yields more accomplishments – from Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek to Stever Robbin’s Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More. Each has its approach and more than a multitude of success stories.

So it this hype or is there something to a less work to greater results approach? On the surface, it didn’t make sense to me – an avid “more is more” proponent? Yet, in my heart I was hoping that less is more would be true and yield me some extra time in my days and weeks.

What I rediscovered was three-fold:

  • Focus on what is most important  and you can clearly increase your focus, determination, and resolve
  • Avoid doing things twice (or heaven forbid more) will free up time that you can use however you like
  • Repurpose your work and you can multiply your results, recognition, and even income

So, I am paying more attention to how I am spending my time and shifting low priority efforts (specifically worrying about things that are largely unimportant.) The ultimate outcome is yet to be determined (will report back periodically,) yet  I already feel better about myself – personally and professionally.

I recommend taking 5 minutes today and see how you can focus, organize, and leverage your efforts. Please let me know how it goes.

Thanks,
Anita

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The Power of Success is in What You Can Do

I sometimes find myself looking around and getting overwhelmed and mopey about all that needs to get done. At times, I pull back, retreat, and fail to act. Recently I read a quote from Rosa Parks’ book, Quiet Strength, which really inspired me. To paraphrase – when we look only at our own challenges and complain about how things are less than ideal, we destroy our success and advancement. Instead, see what you can do and do it now.

For me, this especially applies to my relationships. As I choose to catch people doing things “right” and share what I see, everyone is re-energized, feels happier and more successful, and increases their capacity to give.

A wonderful example of this was during last night’s episode of The Biggest Loser. One of the contestants, Ada, was about to win the challenge (a race) and a car. Yet she and another contestant, Brendan, decided to wait for Patrick, an unemployed father of two young children (who desperately needed a car.) Patrick thought he had lost the challenge and was shocked when Ada and Brendan stood waiting, walked with him, and convinced Patrick to cross the finish line first to win the car (I cried.) It was something that they could do – which, from the expression on Patrick’s face, positively changed his life.

What can you DO today?

Happy holiday and enjoy the long weekend.

See you back on Monday, November 29th!

Thanks,
Anita

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How Much Time Do You Have to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams?

How long do you have to realize your dreams in this lifetime? While it’s hard to know exactly how much time you (or anybody) will have, it’s safe to say that it’s less than forever. So what’s really important to you and what do you want to accomplish? What will you do to make it a reality? Begin today.

If you need a little structure, push, and/or encouragement, check out Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. One of my colleagues, Linda, swears by it – and she is a tough cookie to impress.

Thanks,
Anita

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Are You “Fixed” Enough to Succeed and Be Happy?

Are you ever concerned that you aren’t “fixed” enough to achieve your goals – that if you only attacked your weaknesses aggressively that success would be certain?

This is likely far from the truth. If you judge yourself, you’ll probably judge those around you and short-circuit support from family, friends, and colleagues.

So step forward today with an understanding of your challenges, and build an even greater appreciation of your strengths. Recognizing your own value will also increase your capacity to acknowledge the value your family, friends, and colleagues bring to the world. Think of all you can create.

Have a wonderful Monday,
Anita

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What Change is Standing Between You and Your Goals?

Anatole France once said, “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves.”

Ever hold onto a bad habit or unhealthy relationship? Giving up what feels familiar – good or bad – is a loss. What would you like to change but haven’t done it? Say “good-bye” to this obstacle and see what happens.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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When Does Your Action Matter?

Consider this situation: You just did something that made another person’s life better. No one saw. No one knew you were the one who did this act of kindness. Would you still have done it? As you go through your day, notice how and when you act. How do you perform when no one is watching?

Remember – doing good ripples beyond one simple act, even if no one else sees what you’ve done. In Why Good Things Happen to Good People, researcher and author, Stephen Post, suggests that doing good leads to a longer, happier, and healthier existence – and above all, a life that matters!

Thanks,
Anita

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Joy and Success – A Powerful Duo

I recently saw the phrase “Joy Power” in a magazine and thought that it seemed like a bit of an oxymoron to me. Then I read the book, The Joy of Success, by Susan Ford Collins. Susan skillfully promotes the same concept. Perhaps joy and a Chicago Booth MBA can happily co-exist.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that when your spirit is filled with joy that you have the internal wherewithal to make your dreams your reality. So where is the joy power in your life and how can you make it grow?

Have a great Wednesday,
Anita

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Could you be Happy Without Arms and Legs? Meet Melvin.

While recovering in the hospital after being crushed by an elevator, I met an extraordinary man. Melvin’s both arms and legs had been burned off after 12000 volts of electricity went through his body.

During an interview for a local cable show I wondered how he kept up his own spirits. “Anita,” he told me, “I was feeling really sorry for myself just this morning. I momentarily wished I had died. I stopped myself and wheeled myself down the hall to cheer up someone else. I made his day and that made my day.”

So the next time you are feeling sorry for yourself, pick up the phone or walk down the hall or street and say hello to someone who could just need to hear from you. You’ll likely make her day and yours in the process.

Thanks,
Anita

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Write an Encouragizer Note (or Postcard) and Change Your Life

Back in summer of 2003 my vacation plans derailed and I ended up spending a week visiting bookstores in Chicago. At one store, a book,
Write it down, make it happen: knowing what you want– and getting it! by Henriette Anne Klauser fell to my feet. I decided to pick it up and buy the book. This was one of the best decisions of my life.

In chapter 19, “Giving Thanks,” I was reacquainted with the idea of writing handwritten notes; I started writing “Encouragizer Notes” and haven’t stopped. I love to write to: thank, encourage, and/or acknowledge someone. While I usually know the person, sometimes I do not – yet want to share how my life is better because of that person.

What I have learned is that people love to receive handwritten notes – from my 100 year old great aunt to my eight year old nephew and everyone in between. I believe that it’s because there is a level of attention and care that is sometimes missed in today’s world.

I also realized early on that I don’t need to be a great writer – just a person who cares and is sincere in each message. I also believe that it helps tremendously to be specific and that’s what people want: “tell me specifically how I made your life better.”

When I write a handwritten note, my spirits are boosted (even if I am already feeling pretty good) – and I have heard time and again that people receiving the notes feel special, appreciated, and a little happier. All good things.

I encourage you to write notes or postcards. Each card makes the world a little friendlier, warmer, and more positive.

Please keep coming back; I will post tips, ideas, and stories at the  Encouragizers Notes Project. I hope that you leave your experiences with handwritten notes, too.

Thanks and let’s keep this going.
Anita