Win First Thing

If you win first thing in the morning, then you can happily succeed in your whole day. If your mind is filled with worries about what you did yesterday or concerned about all the things you need to do today, you’ll be defeated before you even start. So to win in the morning, clear your mind before you leave the house. Take 5 minutes or so first thing to sit and let thoughts pass through your mind without fear or judgment. Then when you’re ready, go out and have a great day.

Thanks,
Anita

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STOP in the Name of Success and Happiness

I have been working on a project for a while now and I allow myself to get taken off course by so-called “urgent” activities. Now these critical items could be anything from an “instant” deadline at work to a frantic friend or family member in need of an immediate phone call. I rarely say, “no” – and most of the time this works just great. Yet, I recently noticed that I say “no” to myself too often.

While I don’t plan on moving far away, living on a mountain without WiFi access, and abandoning my phone and data plans, I am going to make time for me to advance the things that are important for my success, good health, and happiness. I advise you to do some of the same – when you do, you will have even more to contribute.

Happy Wednesday,
Anita

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Clean Your Slate for Advancement

Artist, Peter Arno, once said, “Well, back to the old drawing board.”

If you slip, forgive yourself immediately. Then you can start tomorrow with a clean slate, without any holdover guilt. Sure you have challenges. They’re part of being a sensitive human being in a complex world. Write down a mistake you made recently. Now shred the paper and deposit it in the trash – where it belongs.

Thanks,
Anita

Reliability Leads to Success and Happiness

Individuals of character do what they say they will do, when they say they will do it, and according to the agreed upon conditions. Keeping your agreements shows you care and can be trusted. When you respect yourself enough to keep your commitments even when it’s inconvenient to do so, others will come to respect you, too. Respect is an invaluable resource that no amount of money can buy. So, where will you keep your commitments today – even if nobody else knows?

Have a great Monday,
Anita

Do You Have the Focus to Succeed?

I spent this morning with two friends and a friend of theirs on their start-up – a very exciting future organization. Yet when we started chatting about what they stood for, our conversation went off into so many directions that my head started to spin. It’s not that it isn’t great fun to brainstorm and have ideas verge off into wildly divergent paths – it is.

However, what I learned during those three hours is that focus is absolutely essential for success. During our meeting, I asked them lots of questions to help them focus. With each answer the narrative of this nascent firm crystallized into a powerful, compelling story that will help them launch meaningfully and profitably.

So as you embark or a personal or professional goal, let focus be your framework and your heart be your guide.

Thanks,
Anita

Are Your Actions Leading to Success?

Small doable steps are great, right? Well yes and no. While it’s essential to take consistent action at a pace that’s feasible for you, there’s more. It’s crucial that the steps are linked to a plan with a clear pathway to help you get where you want to go. Then each step is more than just movement. It has purpose, meaning, and a dose of motivation built in.

Have a great Thursday,
Anita

Add Hope and Serve

Something was dead in each of us,
And what was dead was Hope. Oscar Wilde

Without hope, life can become oppressive. It’s not so much the actual events in our lives, but how we label them. Hope gives you a positive palette to paint with, that colors you (and everything you come into contact with) with energy, inspiration, and life-affirming power. So look for hope in each person and situation you encounter.

And always, always give hope. Never steal a person’s hope. It could be all that is standing between their life and death. So who can you share hope with today? Whether it is a family member, friend, or even stranger, you will experience the simultaneity of giving and receiving.

Thanks,
Anita

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Are Your Standards Too High?

If nobody’s perfect, then why do you have to be? Anonymous

Have your ever excused a friend’s mistake with “Don’t worry. Nobody’s perfect.” But are you impatient and intolerant with yourself? Try having the courage to be imperfect. Banish perfectionism and you’ll promote steady inner growth, success, and happiness. It’s a way of being gentle with yourself. And who deserves devoted care and appreciation more than you?

Thanks,
Anita

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Real Praise = Success and Happiness

Yesterday, I got together with several friends and we had a lively discussion about praise. While this may not seem like a controversial topic, there were certainly strong opinions. What was the nature of the praise? Who did it come from? Was this “admiration” straight up and honest or compromised by a few beers or an ulterior motive?

After about a 30-minute discussion, a few things were clear:

  • People like sincere praise that includes specifics
  • Even if we like it, praise can be a little uncomfortable
  • Both the giver and receiver of praise gain something
  • Doing it is a great way to see all of the resources we have in our lives

So today, think of someone whose good qualities are shining through and find something good to say. Share what you observe sincerely and give specific details. You will help the other person see something that might be hidden to him and you will increase your success and happiness instantly!

Have a great Monday,
Anita

The Success Happiness Multiplier

Are you successful and happy?  If you are hungry for achievement and satisfaction, why not reach out and acknowledge someone else’s accomplishments. Who would appreciate your admiring thoughts and words today? Write a note. Make a call. What goes around will come back to you – when you least expect it.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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