Is Going Back Really a Good Idea?

I was chatting with a friend today (let’s call him Dave) who is on the cusp of a huge leap forward. He has created a game-changer product – not a marginal innovation, but a really big one. His product will enable many people to expand their sense of well-being, commitment, and wealth.

I am a big fan of him – and his ideas, but something he said today took me aback. Dave was talking about how he wanted to be who he was in the past – at a time when he was unstoppable. I believe that most people would like to re-enter of phase of our lives where we had super-accelerated growth. That’s totally cool.

My suggestion is this: instead of divorcing yourself from the past (Dave and the rest of us) leverage it and incorporate the ways you are smarter, wiser, and (dare I say) better today because of all of the ways you have changed.

Just a thought,
Anita

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Be the Person They Hate to See Leave

At lunchtime today, I attended a farewell party for my colleague, Nima. Everyone was happy to see her and sad to see her go. She is one of those rare people who makes everyone around her feel valued, respected, and appreciated. What a gift she is!

I want to grow up and be just like Nima.

Best regards,
Anita

UPDATED: The “Best” Solutions

I have been wrestling with a challenge the last several weeks and am stumped as to the best solution. It’s not that I don’t have good ideas and received excellent suggestions from others. The key issue for me is that none of the options feel like the right one.

So I’ve decided to take a different tact: I am experimenting with a variety of options and keeping what works and discarding the rest. This way I am making progress and not waiting for the perfect solution to appear.

More to follow,
Anita

Challenging Challenges

I have been having conversations this week with people who are feeling challenged – some in small ways and others in mega ways. What has been inspiring to me is to see how they handle it with dignity, determination, and heart – with an ever-present eye to create something beneficial.

Keep at it my friends.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

Feedback That is Heard

Sometimes I am afraid of feedback because I don’t want to hear the negative stuff. I just realized that it’s not that at all – it’s not the content of the feedback, but the spirit in which the feedback is given. I am going to start with myself and be sure that even if I deliver strict feedback, I do it with a warm, generous, and compassionate heart.

Thanks,
Anita

The Real Fear Factor

No offense to the show, but I was not a watcher of the Fear Factor. Eating bugs and having snakes crawl all over me is more disgusting than scary. I will tell you what I believe is the real scary stuff – it’s my greatest dreams and biggest goals. These are the things that make me shake in my boots. Actually the signs of fear are way more subtle than that. For me, the big three of fear manifests as Doubt, Insecurity, and Procrastination.

So when I notice this triple threat, I must scale back my actions to fool fear. The small actions aren’t interesting enough and doubt, insecurity, and procrastination shrink, leave, and wait in the wings.

Have a great day,
Anita