The Cure for the Appreciation Deficit

We live in a world where the biggest deficit isn’t what you might think. It’s not related to money, but appreciation. Most people feel undervalued – really unappreciated. This is actually an epidemic – and a wonderful opportunity if you up your authentic thank yous. Let others know how much you gained from them. Be specific and concrete. If each of us does this, even a little bit, we can shrink the appreciation deficit overnight.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Select for Success

I know I am afraid to make a decision when I search and search and search for the “right” answer. This is the point when my creativity kicks in (not in the most productive way) and I come up with possibility after possibility – which actually serves to reduce my certainty about any specific idea.

What I have come to realize is that sometimes I just need to select something – knowing that no answer is perfect. Yet a good idea or path that is acted on is WAY better than more hours, months, or years of brainstorming with no decision in sight.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

The Half-Step Blueprint

I have a friend who does just about anything she puts her mind to do. While she is amazing, she is just like you and me. There are two “secrets” to her enduring success. The first is that she looks for a  gap and decides how she could add value by filling the gap. The second (which I absolutely love), is she takes half-steps.

Her half-step blueprint makes it easy for her to take action because she doesn’t freak herself out with giant leaps and her half-steps reduce the risk to others who let her do things that others would even be so bold to ask for.

So half-step it. Start now.

Warmly,
Anita

What Does Your Work Say About You?

Whether you work inside the home, outside the home, or both, what you do is a reflection of who you are at your core.

So what kind of statement does your work say about you? Commitment? Care? Creativity?

You will want to know so you can keep doing what you are doing the way you are doing it – or make changes – big or small.

Have a great day,
Anita

Speak Up A Little, Succeed A Lot More

I was chatting with someone today is clearly competent, kind, and capable. Yet, often, people never get to see that in him. Instead, they see a quiet person without a ton of engagement. This is a loss for my new friend and many who would like to get to know him.

The good news is that he is open to stretching himself. Yay! Here is one thing that he is going to do that might work for you as well. Instead of agonizing about how to become a brilliant conversationalist, he has decided to ask thoughtful questions and then give the other person his rapt attention. It is a wonderful “secret” to greater success.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Getting Out of the Dumps

It’s a funny thing. There are days when the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and I feel unsettled. At those times, there are no people or circumstances troubling me. It’s all internal. In many ways, it’s simple to change since it’s up to me. Yet simple and easy are not the same. It takes courage, commitment, and desire to move ahead.

In the end, it really only takes one babystep to shift everything. Thank goodness for that.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Too Busy for Success

I was meeting with a super bright friend the other day. While holding down a full-time job and being a good dad, he has four other side projects going on. Yet he was really frustrated because nothing was completed. Everything was is a state of “almost done, but not quite”.

What he realized (which actually wasn’t a huge to surprise to either of us) is that he has too much noise, too many competing distractions to really succeed at anything.

His next step is to trim his list of four down to no more than two. A great start – which if he sticks to it, will increase his chances for success.

Warmly,
Anita