A Foundation for Leadership

“How would you describe your leadership style?” I asked a group of people in Chicago.

One young, dark-haired woman raised her hand. “I don’t think that’s an appropriate question for me,” she said. “I’m not a leader yet. I’ve just started my career.”

“That’s an interesting point,” I replied. “By the way, what’s your name?”

“Jennifer,” the woman said sheepishly.

“Jennifer, where do you direct things at home, work, school, or in your community?” I inquired.

“Well,” she paused, “lots of places.”

Jennifer went on to tell the group the activities where she felt that she led things, from coordinating Friday night outings with friends to making sure her cat always has food and clean litter. She also developed a financial valuation model on which she trained the office staff.

It was obvious to many in the group that Jennifer has been a leader for many years. She did what most good leaders do. She learned to lead others by leading herself, making the most of her strengths to move in the direction of her goals and dreams.

So what kind of leader are you and how can you polish your leadership skills today?

Remember, leadership begins with you.

Thanks,
Anita

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Winning Right Here, Right Now

The only opportunity to be victorious is at this very moment. Success and happiness is determined by those moment-to-moment decisions – whether to complain or be appreciative, encourage or discourage, give up or mobilize your strengths and move ahead.

So today, give yourself the opportunity to win, win, and win again – right here and right now – even in teeny tiny ways. It all counts and so do you!

Have a great weekend,
Anita

Need an Answer, Take a Break

Ever feel “guilty” just sitting around and thinking? Worry that someone might catch you doing nothing? Often it’s the so-called down times when important questions arise, followed by terrific answers. So the next time you need a short break, take it. You will likely get some rest and maybe even a bonus breakthrough.

Thanks,
Anita

Success Could Be Just Two Steps Away

Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.  Norwegian Proverb

Ever feel like you’ll never overcome a setback or achieve your goal?  What if success was only two steps away? Often it is.  So if you want something, keep taking action toward it.  Before you go to sleep, acknowledge one thing you did that day that worked.  Then prepare for the next step and a celebration!

Have a wonderful Tuesday,
Anita

Ask and You Will Receive

I am working on an event for 300 with more than 50 volunteers needed to make the event what we want it to be. Well, in the last 24 hours half of the Investment Management volunteers needed to cancel. While the numbers only went from 8 to 4, Investment Management professional are relatively few in Chicago – and with a little more than 24 hours to go, I went into a bit of a freak-out. Then, I stopped myself.

All I needed to do is reach out to people and ask for help. I asked my colleagues and then I went out to other people I know and trust. Some people said “no,” but others said “yes” – and I believe we are on our way.

So when you need something, ask? And when asked, please say “yes” if you can.

This makes the world a much better place.

Have a great weekend,
Anita

Making Appreciation More than the Numbers

Many people talk about appreciation. Some even keep gratitude journals to count their blessings on paper. Yet there is more. While it’s great to feel appreciation, expressing it brings thing full circle. Today, go out and say “thanks” to someone important to you. His or her life will be enhanced and so will yours.

Thanks,
Anita

World Peace is Personal and Starts with You

My friend, Barb, or as her students call her “Dr. Y,” does more for the advancement of human dignity and world peace than most heads of state. It may not be obvious to the untrained eye when you first meet her, but it is absolutely true.

Barb is a semi-retired video and television professor who walks her talk. She teaches others to have an open mind, expect the best of everyone, and encourage those they care about to pursue their dreams even when facing obstacles. In doing so, she gives individuals from all walks of life hope, love, and validation for their worth as human beings. And that’s what world peace is all about. If each of us show a little dignity and respect to those we come into contact with each day, how could the world be anything but better?

Have a great day,
Anita

Is Victory Closer Than You Think?

Do you look at small challenges and blow them up into a major crisis? It’s easy to do. In the midst of a problem, it can become the center of your thoughts and drain your energy. Most problems can be solved when you see them as they are – not itsy-bitsy, but not mega disaster movie size either. So today, what are you feeling challenged by? Ask yourself, “What is the reality of this situation? And, what am I ready, willing and able to do about it?” Start from there, go at your own pace, and remember that sometimes things may be smaller than they seem.

Thanks,
Anita

Write an Encouragizer Note and Positively Change Your Life

Negative Nonsense Can Derail Your Success and Happiness

Ever concentrate on negative things that are really not your concern? Stop!! Worries and resentments use up valuable time and energy that could be better spent working on your goals and dreams. If you notice yourself getting distracted by negative nonsense, take a deep breath, and remind yourself what’s really important to you. Then act on it.

Have a great Monday,
Anita

Write an Encouragizer Note and Positively Change Your Life

Cultivate Thoughts for Happiness and Success

Thoughts are interesting creatures. Once recognized, each idea becomes part of your perception. It is the lens through which you observe the world. It influences what you pay attention to and what you overlook. So as you go through your day, fill your heart and mind which thoughts that lead you toward hope, courage, and confidence. And of course, pass it on.

Have a great weekend,
Anita