Spotting Goodness

Take a Chance on Me. Abba

Each time you accept yourself, even when you discover things you’d rather not know, you’ll become more accepting the next time. Take a chance on yourself and on your ability to grow. The future may seem unfamiliar. But you’ll be ready for it, growing, as you are, one small step at a time. What will you do today to move ahead, even a little bit?

Thanks,
Anita

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From Fantasy to Plan to Victory

Most people have a yearning for something they want to accomplish. Some see the specifics clear in their minds. Others just have a gnawing inside that there’s more to life. So why do so few pursue their heartfelt desire? Often they’re afraid of failure or success. To me what’s more interesting is watching what happens when a person actively chooses to go for his dreams.

Several years ago a friend and I sat “fantasizing” about the future. At the time, he was a college instructor and struggling documentary filmmaker. His video projects have aired nationally and won awards, yet he was invariably overworked, underpaid, and often taken advantage of.

Over breakfast that day, Zumandoc (his Internet name) committed to creating a vivid picture of how he sought his professional life to be. He wanted to be able to have clients come to him with interesting projects, pay him what he is worth, and take him to far and exotic locales.

Years later, he joked about choosing to turn down projects (much to the dismay of potential clients,) that a highly visible project was in the edit phase, and that he had just returned from a trip to Viet Nam that brought together world-class musicians in an effort to heal national wounds. And something that he had only hoped for – a state-of-the-art video studio, of his very own, that rivals that of most small TV stations.

So honor your heartfelt desire – fantasize, focus, and then fabulous things will come your way. And like Zumandoc, work hard, do your very best, and welcome opportunities with open arms.

Have a great week,
Anita

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Alert to Success

How do you stay attentive to what’s important to you? An invention to keep the human mind alert could be as varied as people who walk on the face of the earth. So why not create your own “mind alert” device. What would you include? Books, movies, children, computers? Think of the things that still your mind, allow you to focus, and inspire you to be your best. Consider including some or all of those elements in what you do each day. In the process, you could improve your body and spirit . . .  and keep your mind ready for success and happiness.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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Get Upgraded to First Class

My friend, Doris, is a big believer in what she calls, “The Upgrade.” Now she is not talking about an OS or Windows upgrade, but something that she believes is much more important – and that is taking a big (and sometimes scary) step up in each area of life.

This might start with an upgrade on a 13 hour flight to Japan – from coach to first class. From there it goes into much more important stuff – like changing your view of your own life and tossing away unneeded scaffolding to reveal a magnificent pagoda.

Have an upgraded day,
Anita

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The Myth of Saving Face

A close friend, Terra, was having a terrible time with one of her relatives. Months ago, horribly hurtful words were exchanged that could never be taken back. Terra really missed her relative, but no one would make the first move to reconcile. Losing face was non-negotiable – yet the biggest loss was the fun, good time, and love shared by these two cousins. Terra did eventually reach out and was angrily dismissed, but I am happy to share that on the fifth time – a dialogue began and the two cousins are re-establishing the trust that was broken. Glad that saving face didn’t stop Terra.

Have a great Tuesday,
Anita

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How Much Are You Worth It?

I find it really fascinating to talk to people. I know many who accomplish amazing things, but don’t feel their value. You may think that their lower self-rating is out of a sense of humility – and in some cases this could be true, but not for most of them.

So what is the cause of their discounted sense of worth? Low self-esteem? Abusive parents? A toxic work environment? The list of possibilities goes on and on, yet at some level the cause is inconsequential. I know that this flies in the face of what many psychologists and self-help gurus promote – find the root cause of your “issue” and life will become so much better.

I say, “Do things as if you already feel you’re worth it” and watch what happens.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

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Off the Hook?

“I am NOT by brother’s keeper.” Anonymous

You may not be your brother’s keeper, but you’re not off the hook either. Think of your responsibility as two-fold. First, make it a habit to show humanity, dignity, and respect for each person you meet – even if you don’t think he or she deserves it. A compassionate approach says more about you than them. Second, commit to continuous self-improvement – from little things like recycling your newspapers to bigger things like volunteering five hours a month in your community. This will elevate your life condition and your sense of self-worth. In the process, you become a shining example to all of “your” brothers and sisters you encounter each day. So while you’re not your brother’s keeper, you can choose to be a positive guide, director, and elevator.

Happy Thursday,
Anita

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When Your “Love” is Unrequited

It was once said, “Self-love seems so often unrequited. “

Think of 3 things you regard as strengths. It’s amazing how difficult a task this is for most people. Does focusing on problems or negative qualities obscure the positive? Or do you believe it’s conceited and selfish to acknowledge your assets? Regardless, make finding and highlighting your resources your #1 priority! Start right now. Write down 3 things you view as strengths and 3 more things that others appreciate about you.

Thanks,
Anita

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How Pessimists Help Us Create Success and Happiness

A friend of mine once said, “Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.”

I was in a good mood at the time, but another day, another mood and I might have taken him seriously.

Don’t let pessimists get you down! They’re everywhere and while it’s important to get realistic feedback, strict pessimists will do their best to kill your spirit and dreams. Watch how you listen to a pessimistic person. Take what he or she says with a grain of salt. Then do your part. Speak credibly and show actual proof in your life. Who knows, as they see the wonderful things happening in your life, they may start listening to you.

Have a great day,
Anita

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