Who Can Teach You Success?

Having an open mind means more than listening to people you already know. While you can learn from your colleagues and friends, you can also learn from your kids, the mail person, the bus driver, and the strangers who come in and out of your life. As you go through your day, look at each person you meet as a teacher. Pause and consider what you can learn from them.

Happy Wednesday,
Anita

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Give Yourself Some Latitude

Alfred Hitchcock once said, “Disney, of course, has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor, he just tears him up.”  Having latitude can open up your imagination and your life.

Decisions are daunting if you allow for no changes ever. However, few choices are irrevocable – personal or professional.

To de-stress about any decision breathe deeply, evaluate the available information, and do your best. Remember you can change your mind. Disney did. Look at Mickey – even he’s been remade more than a few times over the last 60+ years. You deserve the same consideration. So give yourself a little latitude today.

Have a great Tuesday,
Anita

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When Saying “No” Leads to Greater Success and Happiness

When someone asks for volunteers, do you jump up and down and yell, “Choose me!!!” without ever deciding if it’s something you want to do. Maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but if there’s the teeniest grain of truth in this – consider a different way. Some of the most stressed out people can’t say no to the next fund-raiser, multifunctional team project at work, or coaching Little League. Contributions provide meaning to life, yet saying “yes” out of guilt, duty, or “doormatness” is draining and creates little positive value. If a request feels right, jump in and give 100%. At other times, it may be more appropriate to politely and firmly say “No.” This can actually help you renew and refresh to give again when the time is right.

Have a wonderful day,Anita

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Everything is Miraculous

Once upon a time Pablo Picasso said, “Everything is miraculous. It is miraculous that one does not melt in one’s bath.”

It’s amazing what happens between sunrise and sunset – within your body and all around the universe. Some people say that miracles used to occur in ancient times but no more. Wrong! They happen every day, every hour, and every minute. You’ll feel their spectacular power if you focus your attention. So, hunt for miracles today in everything and everyone you meet. Then say “thank you” out loud for each one you find.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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Interest, Action, and Success

“What do you think? I want to know. Be for or against my idea, but spare me your indifference.” Anonymous

Passion, one way or the other, is a great source of power. It is far better to have a person be for you or against you – rather than ignore you or harbor some ill-defined and hidden agenda. If others are showing indifference toward you, it’s likely that you are disinterested, apathetic, or even disconnected within yourself.

So where can you dig up some passion about your own life? Focus, vision, and commitment are powerful motivators to you and the people who can assist you – one way or another. Today, look for one dream, desire, or mission you have put on the backburner that you’re ready to act on. What are willing to do today? Think about it, then go out and do it.

Happy Thursday,
Anita

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Say It Now

What would you tell people who you really care about if you never saw them again? So what are you waiting for? Tell them today. And give them the opportunity to do the same.

Have a great Wednesday,
Anita

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Choices for Success

Do you feel that if you start something that you must finish it? I used to feel that way about books. If I read the first page, I felt compelled to read each page until I got to the very end – even if the book wasn’t all that good. My “good girl – do everything the right way” attitude was stealing my choices. So today I take a different – I decide to either read the whole book or stop any time before the end. I encourage you to do that same with books and just about anything else that you do. When you make conscious choices, you will have more time to enjoy the things that are really important to you.

Thanks,
Anita

When You Launch Something New

A friend was telling me about a new business he has started and when I asked him how he accessed the money he needed, I was surprised by his answer. “I approached it another way,” he told me. “I decided what I was willing to lose – money, time, etc. and at what point I would move on.” Wow! That didn’t seem like a very committed approach. Yet the more I thought about it, the more I realized that – number 1: he had successfully launched and sold several enterprises and number 2: he never lost personal assets in the process.

This made be reflect on my own goals, dreams, and behavior:
I tend to think a lot first and then maybe act because I am afraid that I could fail and feel stupid. So I decided to incorporate a bit of my friend’s behavior. While I continue to do some analysis upfront, I also decide what I am willing to invest (time, money, self-esteem) and how much am I willing to lose. This may not seem like a positive way to launch something new, yet it’s given me a sense of certainty and confidence to jump in, learn more, and expand what I thought was possible.

Have a great week,
Anita

Happiness Helper

Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness – Bertrand Russell

So how do you add to your happiness?

Develop a “hidden” potential.  Whether it’s playing pick-up basketball or building business skills, do it.  Read a book, take a class (many are free or low cost,) then practice.  It will increase your confidence in your talents and in yourself.

Thanks,
Anita

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Are You a Master of Conflict or a Student of Success?

What’s the difference between a conflict and a lesson? Often it’s in the eye and perspective of the individual involved. The person seeing conflict is likely angry and ready for a fight. Guess what he will get? On the other hand, the person viewing the situation as a lesson will look for that, “get it,” and move on to the next thing. So are you a master of conflict or a student learning one lesson after another? With the first, you can collect bruises, burns, and scars. With the second, you will build a foundation of success, happiness, and wisdom. The choice is yours.

Have a great Thursday,
Anita