Your Greatest Strength

What is YOUR greatest strength?

If it’s easier, don’t put undue pressure on yourself. Think of a cluster of your strengths. Write down what they are.

Even more important than know what they are is: how are you using them? The last thing you want to have is talent that we are waiting for that never gets used. So today, find one way to share one of your strengths and use it – even for 5 minutes.

Have a great day,
Anita

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Take Courageous Action

I was chatting with a group of friends and the more I listened (to myself and others), the clearer it became that we needed to jump and take courageous action. While it’s scary to step out beyond what is comfortable, courageous action can be small – one tiny step toward your goals and dreams can create just the breakthrough you need. Once you take that first step, the next one can be a bit bolder. And so it goes.

Enjoy the ride,
Anita

Starting Doing

It’s really easy to think, analyze, and think again – without ever taking action on an important goal, idea, or dream. Following a page from the Silicon Valley playbook – experiment, fail, and experiment again. This is the way most great companies and lives are created. You deserve at least that much – better yet, even more.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Confidence Quandary

Yesterday and today, I have been spending time with a group of very talented women who are contemplating relaunching their careers. One thing I’ve noticed is a gap between how amazing they are and how they perceive themselves. While arrogance is clearly a negative thing, underestimating your value can create obstacles where none are needed.

It just dawned on me: perhaps I am looking in the mirror. How about you – does your confidence match your talent?

Warmly,
Anita

The “Hidden” Success Derailer

I work with people a lot who have a goal, are moving toward it consistently, and then things stall or stop. Again and again the individuals are perplexed, disappointment, and frustrated. Sometimes they blame themselves and other times they blame a person or situation that seems to be creating an obstacle for them.

What I have found is the real obstacle is resentment – big or little. It steals energy, action-orientation, and even opportunities.

So the next time you find yourself stall, begin by looking to see if a little resent has “sneaked” in. Uproot it and get going again.

Have a great day,

Anita

Success Controller

There are many things we cannot control and the outcome of your goals is one of them. Now, I am not saying you can’t influence the end result, you just can’t force it with complete control.

That said, there are things you can control. Those are “performance babysteps” that I would define as actions that you can complete totally on your own. While you can’t force an employer to hire you, you can create (as an example) a solid, clear, and relevant resume.

So if you have a goal on which you would like to accelerate your progress, what are three performance babysteps that you can do on your own (beginning today) that can get you closer to success?

Have a great day,
Anita

Why Wait?

My mentor gave a group of us a call to action. The bottomline is “why wait”. The time is now and the steps are yours to take. The benefits to you and those you help by leveraging your talents is more than you can even imagine.

Thanks,
Anita

Leverage What You Value

I was working with someone recently and he was coming up against some stiff competitive in his job search. Now this is a talented guy with excellent skills, experience, and education. Yet there were multiple with the same credentials. So I suggested that he consider bringing his values into the mix of what he could provide. This required that he do another layer of prep and yet when he did, he found a role that he wanted where his fit was excellent.

So lead with your strengths, talents, and the like and use your values to differentiate yourself for greater success and happiness.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Winning Pause

Whenever someone wants something, has a question, or needs help solving a problem, my immediate response is to drop what I am doing and jump in. While this can be an admirable trait (or so I have been told), it can wreak havoc in my schedule and stress levels.

Yet, I have come to learn that pausing can be an excellent winning strategy. Just yesterday, a colleague called for help. We arranged to chat early this morning, but something came up for her. When we finally reconnected a short while ago, the looming problem of yesterday has largely been solved.

While this won’t work in every situation, taking a deep breath as a first step can be hugely helpful.

Have a great day,
Anita

Ignorance is Not So Bliss

There is a saying that “ignorance is bliss”. I think this is wrong, especially is what you mean by ignorance is the inability to see value in others and yourself. From that standpoint, you could easily become angry, disappointed, and even hopeless. Who the heck wants that.

So become educated to the myriad of ways you and others can add value – just where they are, as they are – and of course, you too.

Think of the possibilities.

Warmly,
Anita