The Power of “Winter”

I was in a very interesting conversation last evening and to say the group was eclectic is an understatement. Yet, we absolutely agreed on a few things:

  • Winter, or the challenges of life, are not permanent – even if they feel that way.
  • Challenges allow us to develop capacities we didn’t even know we had.
  • When we transform our “winters”, we give hope, encouragement, and a positive example to others.

Even if it’s not how we prefer to have things unfold, winter can be a powerful source of growth, success, and happiness.

Warmly,
Anita

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Find the Deeper Value

It’s SO easy to get discouraged when things don’t go the way you hoped, that people aren’t supportive, and your momentum is heading in the wrong direction.

While it’s a natural reaction is to want to escape into an activity that helps you “forget” the disappointment, this is precisely the time to become a “value detective” and find the good things (or dare I say “gifts”) below the surface.

When you do, your perspective about your situation will change – and then you will have the focus. determination, and tenacity to achieve what you wanted to in the first place.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Forget the Closed Door

As has been said, when one door closes another opens. Well, it’s not always so obvious and REALLY easy to fixate on what has been lost at the expense of new possibilities. I am someone who experienced this more than once.

Yet each time I am able to appreciate when I did have and with the mindset of focusing what’s next, I am almost immediately gain new support, relationships, and opportunities.

So if a door closes for you, think about that you are grateful for from that experience and then open your mind and heart to something new – and perhaps even better.

Warmly,
Anita

Courageous Action

I was with a group of friends yesterday and one person (a cool friend) was sharing how she has a BIG goal – so big it’s scary. She questioned whether she was too afraid to take actions toward her goal.

While this surprised me, I kept listening. As she was describing her “less than bold” actions, I was more and more inspired by her. Her actions are clearly based on her purpose, leverage her strengths, and ARE courageous. By the way,size and speed really do not matter.

Way to go, Susie!!!!

Have a great day,
Anita

The Power of “Mistakes”

I work with individuals on their careers and one thing I do is help them prep for interviews. One of the most intimidating questions for them is about making mistakes. It’s funny how no one wants to admit to doing something in error and yet we all do it.

There are people who actually gain power, credibility, and confidence because of their mistakes. Here’s why – they take full responsibility, fix the issue, and use it for their growth, advancement, and greater success.

While no one likes to make a mistake, you can turn things around and win in the end.

Have a great day,

Anita

Sharpen Your Goal

Last week, I was teaching a class to new MBA students (by the way, an amazing group of people). One of the things we discussed, was how to craft a powerful goal.

While you likely know all about making it concrete, specific, and measurable, that isn’t quite enough. What is absolutely crucial is that your goal is understandable to others – not that you hope it is, but that it actually is. When you do, others can help you accomplish your goal – faster, better, and with greater success.

Enjoy your day,
Anita