Certain Victory

What if your victory is certain? What would you do? ­ How would you treat people close to you? And most importantly, how would treat yourself?

Make a commitment today to advance toward what you truly want to do. Take even one small step in the next 24 hours that will move you closer to victory. Then share your success with 3 people. It will encourage them to do the same.

Have a victorious weekend,
Anita

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Meeting World Peace in Human Form

My friend, Barb, or as her students called her “Dr. Y,” did more for the advancement of human dignity and world peace than most heads of state. It might not have been be obvious to the untrained eye when you first meet her, but it was absolutely true. She was a semi-retired video and television professor who walked her talk. She taught others to have an open mind, expect the best of everyone, and encourage those they care about to pursue their dreams even when facing obstacles. In doing so, she gave individuals from all walks of life hope, love, and validation for their worth as human beings. And that’s what world peace is all about. If each of us show a little dignity and respect for those we come into contact each day, how could the world be anything but better. 

We miss you, Barb.

Thanks,
Anita

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The Best of Everyone

I spent a lot of time today talking to different people – from the stay-at-home mom who wants to re-start her career to an entrepreneur who has two businesses going 24/7 and needs a break. Clearly these two individuals have strengths, skills, and talents. The wonderful thing is so do you, me, and everyone in the world.

My challenge to us all: bring out the best in everyone you meet and see the world change for the better.

I’ll take that on. You, too?

Thanks,
Anita

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Jump-Start Your Goals

Someone once said, “You’ve got to demand happiness and success for yourself.” This sounds like something my Aunt Syl would have told me. Here’s a woman who was a controller in a manufacturing company in the 1960’s – definitely a pioneer. When I was about fifteen and in the midst of teenage angst, Aunt Syl sat me down and her in deep, scratchy voice insisted, “Anita, you’ve got to talk to yourself the right way – No Argument!”

Here’s what she suggested (ever so strongly). It works and I would encourage you to test it out.

Stop telling yourself you can’t do it. Begin to consider what you desire out of life and what you’re willing to do to get it. Practice day dreaming a little each day for your success. Let your imagination run wild for 3 minutes each day. Consider giving yourself this “imagination booster” mid-afternoon when your energy (and goals) would relish a jump-start.

Have a great day,
Anita

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When Doubt Becomes High-Octane Fuel

Okay, by now you know that I get together with friends (a lot) and we have stimulating conversations.

Last evening was no exception. This time, the big topic was Doubt. Ugh. I was not in the mood to be discouraged, but I was there so I listened. Doubt is one of those insidious things that can start out really small and before you know it, has squashed your confidence, motivation, and self-esteem.

What I learned last night is that it doesn’t have to. Okay, I should know this stuff – but when doubts insinuates itself into my life – I “forget”. That’s where great friends come in – people who will tell me the truth (more than once if needed) and help me transform doubt into high-octane fuel for my health, success, and happiness.

My friends are amazing. Thank you guys!

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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Find Truly Expert Advice

It has been said: “Only take advice from people whose lives you respect.”

Who best to seek advice from – people who have succeeded or those who have “good”, but unused ideas?

Go to those individuals with solutions and approaches that have worked for them in the real world – who have been challenged, overcome those obstacles, and triumphed.

Listen carefully, make the answers work for you, and then go out and succeed on your own. When you are ready, share what you learn with others seeking good advice.

Thanks,
Anita

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Don’t Belittle. Be an Elevator.

Want to “cure” most of the world’s emotional misery?

Don’t belittle. Be an elevator.

Refuse to ridicule anyone – even if you believe they deserve it. Snide comments only serve to upset and embarrass others, make them mad, and perpetuate the negativity. So instead, honor the dignity in each person and watch life get better.

Have a wonderful day,
Anita

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The Courage to Win

Last night I was with a group of friends and the discussion veered toward courage and how much courage it can take to share things that are important to us. At first, I was thinking: “wouldn’t it be exactly the opposite – that the things that we hold dear would be the easiest to share?”

As I thought about this more, I realized how naïve my reaction was. The more precious something is to us, the more likely it is that the rejection of this would break our heart, squash our enthusiasm, and deeply discourage us.

So courage really is key!

Kudos to everyone at last night’s gathering. You are truly brave, admirable, and worthy of respect.

Have a great day,
Anita

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The Downside of Labels

Todd needs an answer for everything or he’s unhappy, frustrated, and hard to work with.  Martin Fisher’s quote: “When there is no explanation, they give it a name, which immediately explains everything” was made for Todd. He thrives on a name or a label that perfectly and completely describes a person or situation. Unfortunately, Todd relied too much on this approach.

Compartmentalizing people and circumstances didn’t leave much room for change and when Todd’s company was reorganized, no one wanted him. They figured that it would take too much effort to get Todd to break down all of his preconceived labels.

So if you think that labeling a person or situation gives you all the answers, pause. Labels look neat on the surface, but they tidy things up at a high cost. If you think you know everything, then there’s no need to challenge assumptions, opinions and prejudices. So before you classify your life experiences, examine those labels, question their biases, and then throw out the ones that impede your success and happiness.

Have great day,
Anita

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