Choices Choices

I was chatting with someone yesterday who is wildly creative and very talented. She is a person of excellent technical and interpersonal skills. As she shared with me, her biggest challenge is that she has so many ideas that it’s hard for her to focus. Added to this, she needs to generate some cash flow to fund her big goals.

To her credit, this person is open, accepts feedback graciously, and wants to make solid decisions. In the end, she came up with a plan that balances her cash flow activities with one or two new ideas. This gives her the money she needs and the inspiration to build innovative businesses.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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Who’s Got Your Back?

I was with a group of friends last night and it was so interesting to watch the dynamics in the room. While just about everyone is facing challenges (some really BIG), the focus was on helping each other. The level of compassion and care in the room made me feel honored to be part of such a great group of people.

My lesson is this: of course, face your own obstacles. Then go a step further and reach out to someone else who could use your kindness and encouragement.

Have a great day,
Anita

What’s Really Important?

I was chatting with someone this week who is a bit mired in his challenges. In fact, those obstacles are really impeding his progress toward his goal of starting a business in the food industry. The more we talked, the more we both realized that his biggest obstacle was a sense that everything was VERY important. As a result, he has no way to prioritize how he spends his time.

His assignment is to take his list of tasks and really decide what is most important so he can devote more of his time to the top items on his list. He and I both know that this will be an iterative process, but he is one his way.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Big Ideas

I have come to realize that the truly big ideas can appear small to others. One that deeply changed my life is the concept that if I want to see changes in my work, family, and community, I need to start with myself – that no enduring change can come from hoping another person will modify his or her behavior, attitude, or actions.

It’s up to me and for you, it’s up to you.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

Have the Heart to Win?

I worked with someone this week who was feeling challenged by her circumstances. She was a bit frazzled, discouraged, and distracted. Halfway through our call, she paused, took a deep breath, and quietly laughed. “Wow, I need a timeout,” she said. “I am good at what I do and I need to remember all of the value I have created for my previous employers – yet sometimes I just ‘forget’.”

After her comment, I knew that she will be fine. Her heart is filled with determination, tenacity, and resilience. She also has the guts to refuse to blame others or negative circumstances. Instead, she digs deep and transforms herself.

We can learn a lot from her – most importantly that winning starts in one’s heart and drives the best actions and outcomes.

Have a great day,
Anita

Who Cares?

If you have things that you want to say and have heard, think about who cares about your message. Your “audience” could be your family, friends, colleagues, and/or members of your community.

The worst thing is to feel passionate about something and then share it with people who are not interested, ready, or even open to what you have to say.

Ask yourself, “Who Cares?” and follow that trail to the people who are waiting for you to speak up.

Have a great day,
Anita

Even Bouncing Can Be Hard

When someone close to you goes through a challenging time, the impact can ripple out – in good and challenging ways. Some bouncing back can be hard even when you see the positive transformation and light at that proverbial tunnel. Here’s what I have been told. Take a deep breath and honor your situation and yourself.

Thanks,
Anita

Provide the Best

For the weekend, in everything you do – share your very best. Others will appreciate your efforts and commitment. Also, you will feel great – with increased confidence, capacity, and vigor.

Happy Friday,
Anita

Gracious From the Top

I was chatting with someone who is one of the most gracious people I have ever met. While he is a former CEO of two multinational companies, he really is just a regular guy.

Believe me, this is totally true and I wondered why, so I asked him. He was really honest about this and much of it came out of an extremely difficult challenge at home. His spouse was incapacitated by an emotional illness and couldn’t take care of their children and he had to step up. This experience helped him deepen his compassion, expanded his capacity, and decrease any arrogance and sense of entitlement.

I am happy he was able to transform himself and in doing so create a wonderful person whom I am honored to know.

Have a great day,
Anita