Your Reward in Disguise

“Hey, I’m out of here! That’s not what I wanted nor expected.”

When reality fails to live up to what you hope for, do you cut out – leaving things unfinished or even unstarted? Being consistently dissatisfied with the experiences life gives you will stunt your growth and steal your happiness. Think of one setback that was actually beneficial to you. Write down why it was helpful in the short and long run. Then going forward, look for the good in each person and situation and act accordingly.

Have a great weekend,

Write an Encouragizer Note and Positively Change Your Life


Reducing Your List of “Problems”

Make a thorough list of your “problems.” Now review your list and check off any so called problems that are no longer of interest to you. You may be surprised that you have fewer problems than you originally thought.

Have a great Thursday,

Career and Life Advice from my Mother

“Write it down. Otherwise, how will you remember the terrific things you do?!?” Zese (my mother)

Sometimes my mother is right on target, so here’s what she (adamantly) suggests . . .

Record your progress.  Each day register in a notebook, voice recorder, blog, or wherever you will do consistently.  Include the good you do, the good you experience, insights you have, lessons you learn, and anything else of interest.  Reread your entries often.

Happy advancing,

Success in Action

It was once said, “Nothing is harder on your laurels than resting on them.”

If you’re feeling challenged today, consider yourself lucky. Without challenges you’d rot and die. Lack of growth steals your excitement, usefulness, and sense of well-being. So don’t allow difficulties to scare you into inaction. What can you tackle today? Do something that is small enough that you can absolutely do it right now and yet large enough to be meaningful. So make a commitment to proceed, seek help if you need it, and share your progress with others (including me!)


A Foundation for Leadership

“How would you describe your leadership style?” I asked a group of people in Chicago.

One young, dark-haired woman raised her hand. “I don’t think that’s an appropriate question for me,” she said. “I’m not a leader yet. I’ve just started my career.”

“That’s an interesting point,” I replied. “By the way, what’s your name?”

“Jennifer,” the woman said sheepishly.

“Jennifer, where do you direct things at home, work, school, or in your community?” I inquired.

“Well,” she paused, “lots of places.”

Jennifer went on to tell the group the activities where she felt that she led things, from coordinating Friday night outings with friends to making sure her cat always has food and clean litter. She also developed a financial valuation model on which she trained the office staff.

It was obvious to many in the group that Jennifer has been a leader for many years. She did what most good leaders do. She learned to lead others by leading herself, making the most of her strengths to move in the direction of her goals and dreams.

So what kind of leader are you and how can you polish your leadership skills today?

Remember, leadership begins with you.


Winning Right Here, Right Now

The only opportunity to be victorious is at this very moment. Success and happiness is determined by those moment-to-moment decisions – whether to complain or be appreciative, encourage or discourage, give up or mobilize your strengths and move ahead.

So today, give yourself the opportunity to win, win, and win again – right here and right now – even in teeny tiny ways. It all counts and so do you!

Have a great weekend,

Need an Answer, Take a Break

Ever feel “guilty” just sitting around and thinking? Worry that someone might catch you doing nothing? Often it’s the so-called down times when important questions arise, followed by terrific answers. So the next time you need a short break, take it. You will likely get some rest and maybe even a bonus breakthrough.


Transform Worry and Advance Successfully

There is no such thing as an “idle” worry. Worries can actually grind down your body, mind, and spirit. So don’t let them. Bring each worry into the light of day to see it clearly, decide what’s real, and take action to mitigate any downside. Then, you can focus your attention on what’s most important – living your dreams, spreading good will, and becoming absolutely happy.

Happy Wednesday,

Success Could Be Just Two Steps Away

Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.  Norwegian Proverb

Ever feel like you’ll never overcome a setback or achieve your goal?  What if success was only two steps away? Often it is.  So if you want something, keep taking action toward it.  Before you go to sleep, acknowledge one thing you did that day that worked.  Then prepare for the next step and a celebration!

Have a wonderful Tuesday,

Purpose Plus Character = Success and Happiness

A person of excellent character is terrific, but that alone will not insure success. However, when persons of character connect with a major purpose for their lives and give their all to that purpose, the results can be awe-inspiring. So to what in your life will you freely and enthusiastically commit your time, energy, and resources? Dedicate 15 minutes to it today.

Have a great day,

Write an Encouragizer Note and Positively Change Your Life