Clear Out Your Mental Gunk

Recently, I was struggling to make time to complete a personal project that is important to me. When I shared this dilemma with a close friend, she told me I needed to do a bit of gunk cleaning. Now she didn’t mean cleaning out my junk drawer (which also isn’t a bad idea), my friend was referring to the mental gunk (i.e. negativity) that was sucking my energy and diverting time that could be used for my project.

Just like most people, clearing gunk is a work in progress. My babystep is noticing when gunk surfaces and I cleaning it out fast.

Thanks so much for reading this,

Make More “Mistakes”

I was working with someone recently who was having a very hard time at work. She was paralyzed with fear and so not doing a great job in her role. Work has become a vicious cycle of fear, procrastination, not providing high quality deliverables, critical feedback, and more fear.

When we spoke, this individual decided to chat with her manager and explain the situation before it was too late and she lost her job. The outcome was surprising to her and very positive. Her manager wants this woman to stretch herself to the point where she makes a mistake here and there (in lower risk environments) so she can expand her courage, confidence, and capacity.

So where can you make “safe mistakes” to stretch yourself?


The Enthusiasm / Success Quotient

Several years ago, I was chatting with a woman I really respect. She had been in her field for a long time and yet her level of enthusiasm was just like she had started yesterday. I was curious how she maintained a high level of enthusiasm, why she kept learning, and how her commitment to her field was higher than when I first met her years before.

Her answer was simple. “Anita,” she told me. “I know that I need to be all in or I would cheating myself and the people with whom I work – and I use my curiosity as my foundation. With that, I am learning new things and am able to help others.”

To my friend, success was about caring about others and her work, finding things to expand her capacity, insights, and value to others, and to make what could seem old hat and boring come alive day after day. I learned a lot from my friend on that day which I use to even now.

Thanks, Barb.


Focus on the Right Things to Win

Earlier in my career, I hit a rough patch and I was determined to fix it immediately. My mentor gave me some sage. He suggested that instead of putting all of my attention on the setback, I would be better off taking a little bit of time to understand what went wrong and then refocusing the majority of my attention on what I wanted to create for my future. Doing this gave me a goal and the courage and motivation to go after it and win.

Something to think about.


The Power of Upside Down Gratitude

I find it super easy to thank individuals for good stuff like – happy times, compliments, and wonderful people. Who wouldn’t, right?

Yet, there is another untapped area of good things. This is the power of upside down gratitude. Upside down gratitude is the value you can find in the not-so-positive and embrace it as crucial to your success and happiness. This requires courage, commitment, and a desire to take the lessons and leverage this for your greater good and the best for others.


The Ten-Minute Win

Late 2015, I decided to make a commitment to spend 10 minutes each day reading a couple of publications that encourage me. While I couldn’t wait to receive the newspaper and magazine, I wasn’t actually reading them cover to cover (my loss).

Ten minutes felt like just the right amount of time and I could manage even on my busiest days.

Even though the time was small, the impact was significant. The readings inspired me, and with each 10-minute win my confidence to tackle other things also increased. By the end of 2016, I had accomplished more than I ever expected 10 minutes at a time.

So what 10-minute win would you like to create? Start today.

Enjoy your day,

Procrastinate For Greater Success

It’s an amazing thing about procrastination. Most people hate it, fight it, and beat themselves up when they do it. By the way, I am no exception.

That said, I have learned to let procrastination be my teacher, guide, and motivator. While this seem a bit counter-intuitive, trust me it will help you achieve even greater success and happiness.

So the next time you notice that you are procrastinating, stop and ask yourself three questions:

  • Do you even want what you are pursuing?
  • Do you want to achieve this goal, but it’s not a priority at this time (and may be in the future)?
  • Is this too much to take on and you could chunk out a tiny babystep and experiment with that?

Whatever your answers, be kind to yourself. Kindness can take your WAY further than negative self judgement.

Have a great day,