When You Least Expect It

When I got home yesterday, a text popped up from my sister, Ilene. Now, she and I text occasionally – but it was a bit of a surprise. Her words touched my heart – about how much she knows I am there for her and believe in her.

As I put the phone down, I thought to myself – “Cool. Wonder what prompted her text?” “Oh, it was because of the blog post.” Even though I wrote the Encouragizers’ post, Ilene’s unexpected response made my day. It moved my heart, so I sat down and wrote cards to a number of people with whom I hadn’t connected in months – and one person I don’t even know, but admire. It’s Lisa Dolan, whose store, Lee Lee’s Valise, is the subject of a new show on TLC.  My sister’s one text set off a chain of positive goodness.

Thanks, Ilene.

Have a great day,
Anita

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Reach Out to Someone Today

Sometimes the person you might least expect to need a boost, does. So today, think about the people about whom you care deeply. Don’t wait, reach out and thank at least one of those people today. Make a phone call. Send a text, email, or even a handwritten note.

You will make that person feel good and you will get a big boost, too.

Have a wonderful Wednesday,
Anita

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Networker of the World

Today is my colleague, Linda’s, birthday. She is an amazing human being on so many levels. Yet the thing that I admire most about her is her ability to connect people who can gain from knowing one another – personally and professionally. It’s a real gift from which many individuals benefit, including me.

Congratulations, Linda on another year of your being the Networker of the World.

Happy Tuesday,
Anita

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Making the Good Stuff Longer

In the States, today is the unofficial start of summer. Earlier, I was thinking about this – why two starts of summer – one now and other late in June? What came to mind is that in so many ways, summer is great – from the sun and fun at the beach to long days and outdoor eating. Now I get it. Why wouldn’t you want something terrific to last as long as possible!

Enjoy the day,
Anita

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Short, Sweet, and Powerful

I grew up where complexity was rewarded – both at school and at home. So, I naturally created ideas, concepts, and projects that had lots of threads, depth, and breath. Having something complicated felt like a true bonus for me. If not everyone understood what I was talking about, I didn’t believe that it was my concern. Wow, how arrogant!

What I have come to learn is this: things that are simple, easy-to-understand, and accessible take way more skill, knowledge, and talent than the super complex. Not surprising, short, sweet, and powerful ideas, projects, and businesses are where vast economic and social value is created.

So now, I am working on making my ideas, projects, and more are straightforward. You will see more of this very soon.

Enjoy the weekend,
Anita

Share the encouragementwww.whatIwishIhadknown.org. Please read it and share it (pay it forward) with all of the young and young-at-heart people you know. Since the download is free – through May – you can share the link (http://whatiwishihadknown.org) as widely as you would like.

When Enough Means a New Beginning

One of my friends, a brilliant designer (of all kinds of things) was working in a brutal environment. No matter how much you love your work, three hours of sleep per night is too little and not sustainable. This was my friend’s life for months and month until a couple of weeks ago – when she said, “enough really is enough” and quit her job. While this may seem irresponsible and even impulsive, she believed that it was a drastic, but life-saving measure that was absolutely necessary.

I saw her last night and now I am a believer, too. My friend looks like a brand-new person. A few hours more sleep each night (and the time to run, see friends, and enjoy life) has rejuvenated her body, mind, and spirit. While it’s not feasible for everyone to quit their jobs, sometimes we need to take clear, concrete, and specific action that shows self-respect, self-efficacy, and confidence. Take steps that make sense for your specific situation – not out of fear, but out of courage, responsibility, and commitment.

Thanks,
Anita

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Having What You Want

I’ve had a ton of conversations with people about book number 2.How should it be configured? What do people want? What is the topic? Who is the audience? How do we reach them? The list of questions in my head and on paper goes on and on. While these are good questions, one thing is missing from my project plan – and that’s what do I want from book number 2 (and beyond).

It never really occurred to me to consider that question. My orientation is largely on how to help others (which is great) – yet incomplete. My coach pointed this out to me. “Anita,” he said. “Where are your needs, wants, and aspirations in this equation? Without knowing your own goals and dreams, you will never feel successful and happy on your terms and at the level you desire.”

So I am mapping out what I want so I can have that and even more.

Happy Wednesday,
Anita

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