The Encouragizers Project – MSA 24

A quick update:

MSA 24: I did research yesterday to better understand how people turn challenges into something beneficial. I know how I have transformed obstacles (and working on a few right now). I heard a few wonderful stories yesterday. They gave me hope. Thank you, friends. 

Have a great day,
Anita

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The Courage to be Authentic

I have seen that it is really impossible to be successful and happy until you have the courage to understand who you are, what is important to you, and your strengths.

That said, you don’t have to do this all at once. Take one step that is a stretch without being terrifying. From there you can build, expand, and be yourself.

Warmly,
Anita

The Battle for Bold

I would say that being bold is a battle – at least it is for me. I want to be bolder. I even have a t-shirt that displays “Be Bold” on the front and a definition of bold on the back. I chose it deliberately to be a reminder to put boldness front and center.

Yet, being bold is a bit scary for me. So, I am bold one babystep at a time. What I have seen is that each tiny bold action is helping me bolder – day by day.

Be bold on your terms.

Warmly,
Anita

The Encouragizers Project – MSA 22

A quick update:

MSA 22: Sometimes an MSA can come as a wonderful by-product of helping someone. I had a short conversation with a friend, which broadened my perspective, allowed me to assist my friend, and reminded me of the value I bring to others.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Getting Out of a Mental Rut

Do you have an answer almost before a question has been asked? Is this based on what has worked for you in the past? While it’s great to have a base of knowledge and wisdom, if you are challenged by something new and only use what has worked before, you will likely not find a solution. This is where a mental rut could create frustration, discouragement, and potential failure.

I make it a habit to learn something new pretty much every day. While I don’t have “extra” time, I use my commuting minutes to read an article, listen to a podcast, or open a book and read one page. It may sound insignificant, but I often gain a little insight I can apply to my work, community, or volunteering. Even more, it helps me make my way out of a mental rut – even if only for a moment.

Enjoy,
Anita

Advice Versus Help

I talk to a lot of people who want to make a move and need assistance to achieve their goal. Some receive what they need, while a significant number do not.

While there are many reasons, here is one I would like you to think about. From my conversations and research, there is a big difference between asking for help and asking for advice. 

To the person receiving the request, asking for help can feel big, time-consuming, and even overwhelming – and this is for people who actually want to help. On the other hand, asking for advice is often seen as doable, fun, and coming from a sense of respect from the individual doing the asking.

One big time caveat: Your ask for advice must be authentic. If it is a means to some other end, you could create an anti-advocate who could work against you.

So, think about what you want and make the ask. Go for advice rather than help.

Warmly,
Anita

The Encouragizers Project – MSA 20

A quick, yet important update:

MSA 20:  Had a great conversation today about something that can help me take a series of leaps toward achieving one of my goals. Thanks to the person who shared the information!

Thanks,
Anita

The Bold Bonanza

It’s a funny thing about being bold. We often don’t realize that we took a stretch step except by looking back, While this is fine, I would suggest taking a more deliberate approach. Choose a small “bold step” that you can do now and do it.

The benefit of being a bit bolder is greater confidence, courage, and opportunity.

Be bolder and enjoy the rewards along the way.

Warmly,
Anita