Learn from the Best

When I first started my career, I met David, an extraordinary person. One day,  this rather eccentric, brilliant, and an amazingly handsome man sat down in a meeting with my manager, John, and me. David seemed to know everything, including how to read upside down across the desk. We became friends.

The more I worked with and got to know David, the more I realized what a treasure he was – and how much I wanted to learn from him. Fortunately, I had many hours of guidance from David – an enormous gift that I appreciate to this day. Thank you, David – and happy belated birthday!

Learn from the very best – you owe it to yourself.

Best regards,
Anita

The Paradox of the Head Start

I had lunch with a friend today. He is kind, capable, and committed to sharing the best of himself in each and every area of his life. What’s more is his ability to envision trends, strategies, and more – well into the future.

Sometimes, it takes others time to catch up with the opportunities that he so clearly sees. While this can be frustrating, his head start can give him the runway to advance even faster and farther than he thinks.

For those of you who are like my friend, please keep at it.

Much success,
Anita

We All Need A Pep Talk

This morning, I was feeling a little mopey. I think it’s mostly the weather, but I was in need of a little boost. Then surprise – it arrived in my inbox thanks to my colleague, Baillie. She sent me a video pep talk. So cool. I laughed out loud. Go check it out NOW http://iwastesomuchtime.com/on/?i=64534 . It will be more than worth the 3+ minutes.

Enjoy your pep talk and pass it on.

Have a great day,
Anita

Is it an Obstacle or Opportunity?

Obstacles are very tricky things. When they first pop up into my awareness, they appear big, complex, and thoroughly annoying. My negative perception is a combination of not liking my flow interrupted (who does), seeing the worst as my default first reaction, and not finding an immediate benefit.

So my perception of  an obstacle as a dead-end is of my own making. In the obstacle frame of mind,  I choose to stop before “finding the pony in the pony poop”. Once I pause and ask myself (as corny and this may be): where is the gift – I am able to see more than the barrier. What’s more, the goodies I find are often not things I was even actively looking for – and more goodies is a great thing.

My advice – head straight through the obstacle and activity seek the goodies.

Have a great Monday,
Anita

The Perfect Mirror

This morning started off with a bit of a challenge – family stuff (don’t even ask). My immediate reaction was to think about how they should change. If only this one would do this and that one would to that. While it can be momentarily comforting to see others as the cause of my upset, this is very limiting, frustrating, and self-defeating.

Our relationships are a perfect mirror – to learn from, to expand our capacity, and ultimately create enormous, happiness, success, and love.

Go for it!

Have a great weekend,
Anita

Greedy for Happiness

Does the word greedy make your think selfish, manipulative, and exploiting? From one side you are right. From another side, you are absolutely wrong – no offense!

If you reach out for your happiness with a tiny, dainty teacup, guess how much happiness you will have? Not much – and you will not have much to give others.

Now what about reaching out for your happiness with a massive ocean liner? Think of how terrific your life can be and how many others you can positively impact.

Have a great day,
Anita

Prepare for the Best

I was thinking about this really common phrase: “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

While I understand that preparation for anything is essential, I wonder if we are missing something really important. How would life be even better if we prepared for the best? What amazing things could we learn? How would our eyes be open to people and resources  we just miss?

I am going to experiment by preparing for the best. Please join me!

Have a great day,
Anita