The Optimal Combo Workout

Lots of people get the message that physical exercise is great for the body and mind. Prayer and meditation are the spiritual “cousins” of the physical workout. When you focus in and self-reflect, you do a great workout for your spirit. So today, take 15-minutes to strengthen your spirit and self-reflect in whatever way is appropriate for you. As you do, your life will open up to greater peace, confidence, and happiness.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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Tenacity 101

Never quit. Rudy Ruettuger

Persistence is one of the greatest secrets to your achieving whatever you set out to do.  When I was crushed by an elevator in 1990, I thought my life was over.  It was an incredibly long hard struggle, but I began to feel like a winner when I started to consistently take small steps, celebrate each victory – no matter what size – and rebuild my sense of self-worth. If you want to watch an incredibly inspiring movie about tenacity, check out  the 1990’s movie “Rudy.” It’s the life story of the author of today’s quote, Rudy Ruettuger.

Thanks,
Anita

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Giving Great Advice

My friend, Virginia, was visiting with a buddy of hers. We’ll call her friend Cindy. Cindy was sad, discouraged, and suffering.  She was in a situation she hated, but didn’t know how to change it. Cindy asked for Virginia’s advice. Yet Virginia knew wthat Cindy really desired to have someone listen, not judge or try to “fix” her.

So Virginia gave Cindy what she really wanted. She intently listened to her intently. She periodically nodded to acknowledge what Cindy said. Cindy felt very comfortable and talked on and on for hours.

In the end, she thanked Virginia for her wonderful advice. Cindy told Virginia that she felt so much better and was ready to slowly but surely make some changes.

So next time a friend, colleague, or family member asks for advice, experiment. Listen with an open mind and heart. Give the other person your full attention. Say little. Then see what happens.

Have a great Wednesday,
Anita

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Your Future Present

Do you fantasize about your future, thinking about all of the possible twists and turns that your life could take? This is terrific as long as you live your life actively at each moment. So today, give all of yourself to whatever you do – from driving to work to enjoying that first cup of coffee in the morning. It’s all up to you. So instead of fantasizing about the perfect future, why not take some time today to enjoy the real possibility of a satisfying present.

Thanks,
Anita

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Five Minutes to Greater Success and Happiness

Are you so busy, between work and home, that burnout could be around the corner? While today’s fast-paced world can be a drain, there is an antidote is at your fingertips 24 hours a day. I call it the “5-minute Upgrade”.  Since it only takes a few minutes, even if you are a harried parent or fast-tracked businessperson you can fit it into your Master Plan.

So how do you implement the 5-minute Upgrade? That’s the fun part. YOU choose.  Anything from a walk around the block to closing your eyes and listening to your favorite music. Others prefer a cruise on the Internet or a phone call to an encouraging friend. Personally, I meditate. Whatever works, do it.

So when you feel a little draggy, frustrated, or overwhelmed – pause and remember that greater success and happiness is only 5 minutes away.

Have a great Monday,
Anita

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Why Wait

Philippe Vernier once said, “Do not wait for great strength before setting out, for immobility will weaken you further.”

This certainly applies to my friend, Andy, and may apply to you. Andy is a great guy. He is self-confident, competent, and successful on his own terms. Yet several years ago Andy ran into a rough patch. One day he stopped by. “Hey Anita, how are you?” he asked.

There was something funny in his voice. “What’s up?” I wanted to know.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” he confessed. “I can’t even believe that I’m telling you this. I feel like a big loser. I’m not getting much done. I don’t feel capable anymore. I keep hoping that I’ll feel stronger tomorrow if I rest today, but all this rest is exhausting.”

I almost laughed because Andy was always making jokes. Something made me stop, and as I looked into his eyes instead of delight, I saw sadness, frustration, and a bit of self-contempt. “Andy,” I said, “I have a suggestion. Without putting any undue pressure on yourself, would you be willing to set aside just 15 minutes each day?”

“Okay, I guess,” he replied.

“Your enthusiasm underwhelms me,” I said and smiled. Andy smiled back – a good sign.

“Now Andy,” I continued, “You can spend more than 15 minutes. Think of 15 minutes as your base. It’s a great start because virtually anybody can carve out 15 minutes sometime during the day.”

“So,” he pondered, “what could I do during that time? I guess a nap would be nice. Only kidding!”

“Andy, you can choose to do whatever you desire,” I said, “but here is what I’ve seen work. Initially, others use that time to decide what they are ready, willing, and able to do next. That’s the dream, goal, or intention. Then I would suggest that you choose a tiny step that you can absolutely do. After you complete it, you’ll see the next tiny step to complete and so on. Just don’t wait.  Waiting is robbing you of your joy, vitality, and sense of self-worth.”

“All right, Anita,” he said, “My choices are . . . give this a shot or you’ll keep talking until I do.”

“You got it!” We both laughed – a great sign.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Anita

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Your Eternal Edge

How old are you?

Now I’m not asking for the number that is the difference between this year and the year that you were born. What I really want to know is how old is your spirit?

Is it youthful and filled with passion, determination, and hope? Or, is it elderly and ruled by inertia, cynicism, and hardening of the mind, beliefs, and perspective?

It’s certainly not a matter of chronological age. Some teenagers have already given up on themselves and life, while seniors in their 70’s, 80’s, and beyond continue to plan for the future.

My friend, Mrs. L., can definitely take advantage of senior discounts. Yet if watch her, what you see is a person of energy, enthusiasm and purposeful connection to others and her environment. She is awe-inspiring. Her sense of mission, vitality and joy seem more like that of a 20something than however old she is. Mrs. L. is a youthful spirit.

In what ways is your spirit youthful? Start with that and expand from there.

Thanks,
Anita

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Wish without Worry

I notice people around me (including myself) wanting a whole variety of things yet achieving less than what they desire. It dawned on me that we also worry a lot. Could the two be connected? I think so. What if worry cancels out our commitment to advance? In a real and practical sense it does. Each of us has a certain amount of time and energy and that can be used for envisioning and action or worry. Less worry, more good stuff. You decide.

Have a great Wednesday,
Anita

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Spotting Goodness

Take a Chance on Me. Abba

Each time you accept yourself, even when you discover things you’d rather not know, you’ll become more accepting the next time. Take a chance on yourself and on your ability to grow. The future may seem unfamiliar. But you’ll be ready for it, growing, as you are, one small step at a time. What will you do today to move ahead, even a little bit?

Thanks,
Anita

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From Fantasy to Plan to Victory

Most people have a yearning for something they want to accomplish. Some see the specifics clear in their minds. Others just have a gnawing inside that there’s more to life. So why do so few pursue their heartfelt desire? Often they’re afraid of failure or success. To me what’s more interesting is watching what happens when a person actively chooses to go for his dreams.

Several years ago a friend and I sat “fantasizing” about the future. At the time, he was a college instructor and struggling documentary filmmaker. His video projects have aired nationally and won awards, yet he was invariably overworked, underpaid, and often taken advantage of.

Over breakfast that day, Zumandoc (his Internet name) committed to creating a vivid picture of how he sought his professional life to be. He wanted to be able to have clients come to him with interesting projects, pay him what he is worth, and take him to far and exotic locales.

Years later, he joked about choosing to turn down projects (much to the dismay of potential clients,) that a highly visible project was in the edit phase, and that he had just returned from a trip to Viet Nam that brought together world-class musicians in an effort to heal national wounds. And something that he had only hoped for – a state-of-the-art video studio, of his very own, that rivals that of most small TV stations.

So honor your heartfelt desire – fantasize, focus, and then fabulous things will come your way. And like Zumandoc, work hard, do your very best, and welcome opportunities with open arms.

Have a great week,
Anita

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