Masterful Engagement

My colleague, Linda, is one of the most masterful networkers I have ever met. Is it because she seems to know everyone? Perhaps. The bigger question is why does she know everyone?

Here’s my take on it: Linda creates exchanges among people she knows. The more value she creates for others, the more powerful and expansive her network becomes. Linda boils down her wisdom to this quote from Confucius: Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.

Way to go Linda!

Have a great day,
Anita

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Are You Doing the Work Love?

Some people believe that doing work you love is a luxury and perhaps it is. Yet, Steve, a mentor of mine, strongly suggested doing work you love is less about the role and more about each of us. Steve clearly put the responsibility of loving my work squarely back on my shoulders (and, in turn,  each of yours).

His theory is loving your work has more to do with commitment, vision, and appreciation than the actual tasks of the job.

Something interesting to consider.

Have a great day,
Anita

It’s in the Cards

I had scaled back on my note card writing of late. Not for lack of interest or people to write to, but because of a bit of priority misalignment. I kept thinking that I have to write more cards rather than realizing I get to write these cards.

Once I did, my life and happiness expanded.

Such a good deal.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

The One Step Bonus

I had lunch with a friend yesterday. She looked at me curiously across the table. “What’s happened, Anita?” she asked. “You’ve clearly opened up a new phase of your life.” While that seemed like a bit of hyperbole to me, she made me pause. I smiled and acknowledged her perceptiveness.

I had had a conversation with someone the day before that was scary, challenging, and disconcerting. It was the right thing to do, even though tough. Later that afternoon, a number of things fell into place on a dream of mine in a way I couldn’t have planned or strategized around. New exciting things have emerged.

My lesson, through my friend’s eyes, is that moving through doubt can yield big bonuses. For me and each of you.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Action Acknowledgement Powerhouse

Do you drive to action without acknowledgement or even a short pause? While tons of check marks on your to-do list can feel great, without even a quick pat on the back you can slow down or even stall your advancement.

Consider a combo of action and acknowledgment. You can accelerate your progress, success, and happiness.

Have a great day,
Anita

Is 99% a Failing Grade?

Some people ask for things and anything less than perfect is a failing grade. I can be like that.

I have found that most people will help if they have the capacity to do so. Even if someone misses your 100% mark, thank him anyway. Who knows, the next time you might receive 110%.

Have a great day,
Anita

Courage Up Close

Yesterday I was with a group of friends and we were discussing how to win right where you are. Sitting directly across the room from me was a man in a wheelchair, facing the debilitating disease ALS. At this point, he is unable to speak. Yet he was at this gathering, smiling and really engaged.

This man is clearly winning right where he is and I was inspired to experience his courage which is up close, personal, and victorious.

Have a great day,
Anita

Know What’s Most Important

With all of the events of the week, it’s so crucial to know what’s important to you, gain clarity and specificity around this, and act accordingly.

Savor your weekend and all of those whom you care about,
Anita

The Fallacy of Fear

I was chatting with a friend this morning who when I asked her what she believes is my “one thing”. Her answer was: Fear. That is not what I was expecting. That isn’t to say that fear doesn’t stop me at times, but I was actually looking for my one great, cool, and outstanding thing.

Yet her answer made me think – do I create challenges for myself because I get scared? Sure.

On deeper examination, I realized that inaction is failure driven by fear. So if I might fail anyway, why not let courage be my guide. Who knows – I could succeed at levels I can’t even see at the present.

Sounds like a plan.

Have a good Thursday,
Anita

Get Time Back

I was organizing my email within dozens and dozens of folders within Outlook. As I moved a new email into a folder, something happened and the email and folder “disappeared”. I finally found it and came to this conclusion: I need to streamline and archive. As I do, I will get precious time back. You can, too.

Have a great day,
Anita