One Thing

Do one thing that you really want to. Don’t wait!

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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The Progress Accelerator

There are certain things that I am not so fond of doing – like cleaning out old files. While I can accomplish massive amounts of things I enjoy, the opposite is true for activities that aren’t fun and/or pressing. Since I want to accelerate my progress, I came up with a solution that works wonderfully for me – and it could help you, too.

I have a timer set for 15 minutes and I take on the less-than-exciting task until the alarm goes off. If I get interrupted, I stop the alarm and resume once I am ready. The 15 minutes go by pretty quickly and my efforts are paying off – with more confidence, capacity, and determination to tackle the next thing on my list.

Happy Thursday,
Anita

Power Relationships

I was chatting with two friends recently. One was really struggling to connect with individuals in her field and receive the help she wants as she changes careers. My other friend has the opposite experience. He was moving from a tech to a strategy role and had an abundance of advisors sharing great insights.

So what’s the difference? As it turned out, my first friend asks for fairly big favors from the start, while my second friend asks for easy, little things and builds from there.

Something to think about as you approach your next potential connection.

Have a great day,
Anita

When Small is Big

If you think you need to leap tall buildings in a single bound like Superman, think again. From my experience and that of a whole host of others (including academic researchers), positive, progressive steps that are big enough to hold your attention and small enough to be ABSOLUTELY doable will help you achieve more, faster. The best part is  your commitment, confidence, and capacity will grow beautifully – and make you ready for the next step, goal, and dream.

Have a great day,
Anita

Simple Savvy

I was chatting with a friend today. We have known each other for a long time and we were catching up. We were brainstorming ways to pull together, synthesize, and integrate a whole bunch of seemingly unrelated stuff.

In one of those wonderful eureka moments, we looked at each other and came to the same conclusion. “I hesitated saying this,” I say. My friend had the same reaction, “It seemed too simple.”

That’s exactly what I was thinking. Was it too simple? Would anyone care if it wasn’t super complex?

Many times, the best ideas, products, and services are simple and powerful!

Have a great day,
Anita

Kindness Matters

I have a friend who has been challenging to be around lately. He was leading a high-profile, early stage company that ultimately flopped. The private equity firm kicked him out and brought in someone else.

My friend is upset, frustrated, and angry and he’s been sharing some of that negativity with me. Yikes. Despite that fact that I have known him for about ten years, I noticed myself losing compassion for him – and honestly wanting to run in the opposite direction whenever we crossed paths.

On Sunday, I was meditating and felt really bad about the situation. So, I called him and I knew once I asked him how he was doing – he would tell me (probably) more than I wanted to hear. I asked anyway. Something shifted. I think that I stopped judging him for his failure and just listened. I actually enjoyed our time together. A great lesson for me.

Enjoy your weekend,
Anita

Who Knows You’re the Best

Are you the person who brags? Or, more likely, are you hiding your best – even a little?

Unless you are a “look at me” kind of person, consider sharing your story, message, and/or wisdom with people who can benefit from it.

Don’t wait. Do it today.

Have a great day,
Anita

Stop Listening!

Just kidding.

Listening is probably one of the most important things that you can do. When you listen, you will gain extraordinary value to advance your goals and dreams and help others do the same.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Best Ideas

I was with a group of friends last night and one of the people there sang a song she wrote. It was quite moving. The song clearly came from her heart and deep commitment to fight against injustice. We all applauded her – for the inspiring song and her courage to write it.

“This is my shower song,” she told us. “I mean, the words and music came to me when I was in the shower.” Then others shared where their best ideas emerged – during a walk, meditating, on the bus, and more.

This reminded me how great ideas often come when I am quiet – and listening with my head and heart.

Happy Tuesday,
Anita

Beyond Assuming

Yesterday I was doing a bunch of things at home and had the TV on in the background. Something on OWN caught my eye. Okay, I don’t often watch Oprah, but when I saw that it was Miguel Ángel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements I sat down and began to listen. While the whole interview was enlightening and quite fascinating, I  zeroed in on The Third Agreement which is “Don’t Make Assumptions.”

I used to be the Queen of making assumptions. This didn’t really get me what I wanted because I would miss out on realizing things that could have created really positive outcomes. So today, I sincerely ask questions. This is a wonderful way to learn and have the actual facts, emotions, and wisdom emerge from and through the other person. When I approach things this way, I don’t take things so personally (The Second Agreement) and do my best (The Fourth Agreement).

Have a great day,
Anita