The Success Bar

What is a Success Bar? It is the bar you set that makes you stretch, expand, and grow. So if you find that you aren’t progressing the way you want to – raise the (success) bar!

Enjoy your day,
Anita

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Where is Your Comeback?

When we experience a setback, it’s very easy to think that it will last forever, especially if it’s been going on for a long time (from our point of view). Clearly, if we sit and wait and hope that things will change, they likely won’t  – which can leave us feeling frustrated, disappointed, and often immobilized.

I was certainly there for a few years after being crushed by an elevator. The path out for me was two-fold: first, I took tiny actions that were relevant, accessible, and progressive and second, I kept track of every bit of advancement (no matter how small) and I found ways to appreciate my progress. I counted everything.

Those things helped me turn the corner. So today, whenever I feel stuck – I make babystepping and gratitude my go to combo – with consistently good results.

Warmly,
Anita

The Power of Active Gratitude

I was meeting with someone today and the topic of gratitude came up.

My friend believes that gratitude is an active endeavor – that it’s all about searching for things to appreciate about others and not just a response to something that another person did for you.

Way to go, Ken!

Have a great day,
Anita

The Brilliant Success Bridge

I was chatting with someone today who has a big goal and wants to achieve it. The problem is that he had no bridge to get there – just gaps in his skills, knowledge, experience, and more.

The great news is that he is really open-minded, willing to accept critical feedback, and the courage to implement it.

Can’t wait to see what happens next for him. What a wonderful example for each of us.

Warmly,
Anita

The Complain Drain

I was chatting with a friend the other day and he couldn’t stop complaining – about everything from work to the weather. If I had been able to “escape”, I would have – but we were sitting across from one another.

I think that what perturbed me is that I have a tendency to want to complain and it’s draining on two levels. First, it can suck the life out of the person who is sharing negative experiences with whomever will listen. Second, the “audience” for this negativity often wants to have nothing to do with complainer – and so in the process of complaining, you drain your opportunities, credibility, and goodwill.

So I challenge you (and myself) to find the good in people, situations, and organizations even if it’s not clear or obvious.

Have a great day,
Anita

When You Give Your All

At times, I have gone into goals putting into some but not all of my effort. At other times, I am all in. I have actually achieved goals with partial and full effort. Yet the experience is wildly different. When I give a bit, crossing the finish line feels almost like an afterthought and when I am in 100%, it feels like I just won the award of a lifetime.

So if you’re going to put in the time, resources, and sweat – why not go all in. The rewards are vastly different for the better.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Nonstop Appreciation

No matter where you go and who you are with do two things authenically: first, express gratitude for who you are, the people in your life, and what you have  and second, grow. As you do, you become an example of how to live and win as a human being.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Follow-Up Edge

I talk to a lot of people about their careers and those who are willing help others advance professionally. I asked potential mentors or career advocates what gives people an edge as they look to re-entry the job market, advance in their companies, change careers, find a new job, or start a venture.

Their answer was straightforward, directly, and simple: follow-up. My immediate thought was – “Doesn’t everyone do that?” Apparently, not. One business leader told me that of the approximately 150 people who reached out to him in the last five year (clearly he’s big on tracking), only two ever thanked him or followed up. TWO – can you believe it. What a missed opportunity?!?

You be that rare person who follows up. Who knows how much you could gain?

Warmly,
Anita

The Unstuck Button

I was chatting with a friend over the weekend about being stuck and getting unstuck.

As simple and even cliche this might sounds, my unstuck button is recognizing one good thing about the person and/or situation the seems to be the cause of my not moving ahead.

It works again and again. See how it might work for you.

Warmly,
Anita