What’s Right in Front of You

I was with a group of friends recently. There was a lot of complaining about the state of the world, how big the problems are, and the impossible nature change. As I was about to get sucked into this vortex of negativity, I made myself pause and say a few things. “Guys,” I said. “Could we go down a different track? My mentor says this again and again, ‘Who is right in front of you? Help that person!’ This might not seem like a big deal, it is. Start with one and go from there.”

While there might have been some eye rolls, I felt better – and it was a reminder to me that when I feel I can’t make a difference, it’s just not true. See the person in front of you and smile and wave, say thank you, or go out for coffee and listen more than you speak.

Enjoy the day,
Anita

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Self-Generated Motivation

It’s a funny thing about motivation, you don’t often notice how motivated you are until your motivation goes down or even stops.

So how can you prevent these lapses in forward motion? It’s simple, even if not easy:

  • Know why you want to achieve a specific goal. Pile on the reasons now as you will likely need them later.
  • Take actions that are big enough to be interesting and absolutely doable regardless of your time, energy, and commitments.
  • Count everything you start, complete, and take off your plate as a win.

With this as a solid beginning, you can start and keep your momentum going. Then your motivation is self-generating and self-sustaining.

Have a great day,
Anita

To Increase Your Success – Do This!

When people want to increase their success, they immediately drive to take concrete action: network more, sell, sell, sell, or even build a plan with lots of details. While these things have their place, without one important element they can leave you frustrated, exhausted, and disappointed. If left unchecked, those negative feelings can grow into doubt, resentment, and even grudges.

Yet, there is a solution. It costs little to nothing, it’s accessible to everyone, and the impact is instantaneous. That’s gratitude.

Today find the value in each person, situation, and experience. Start with the “easy” ones and work up to the more challenging circumstances. Your brain for support and reward your feeling and expressing gratitude.

Have a wonderful day,
Anita

Winning the BIG Game

Most people want their big shot and yet they often don’t do what actually needs to be done to succeed. At a basic level, you will want to do the following:

  • Create a goal – what do you want to do?
  • Know your why – in what ways is this goal important to you?
  • Write down your action – what step can you take that you have complete control over and how much time will you devote to this?
  • Track your progress – how far have you come and what’s next?
  • Express gratitude – who has helped you and how can you thank them?

When you do these things, you considerably up your chances of winning “the big game” – whatever that is for you. What will do today – for even a few minutes to get started?

Have a great day,
Anita

Power Pivots

I work with people, quite often, who to want to change everything in their careers – from a new industry to a new company to a new geography – all at once. What they describe as pivots are actually 180s – and can be intimidating, scary, and hard to pull off in one fell swoop. That said, pivots of any size that are progressive, can move you in the direction of the mega shifts.

So instead of thinking of ALL of the things you need to do to accomplish your big goal, take a step back and see what you can accomplish today – with the talents, resources, and time you have. Then you create a solid foundation of power pivots that help you create the future you want.

Enjoy,
Anita

Keep Learning to Succeed

I am a BIG supporter of learning – now, tomorrow, and forever. This commitment is actually part of my personal purpose – “to learn and share what I learn with others to help them achieve their goals and dreams.” I would go so far as to say that when you stop learning, your opportunities will shrink or completely disappear. So keep learning!!!!

It’s really important to keep an open mind about what learning actually means and how to do it. Learning is everything from a graded academic class and a MOOC (Mass Open Online Class), to a podcast / TED talk and old school paper books.

Don’t worry about where you start and how much time you invest. Just choose something and go. My daily commitment to learning is 10 minutes a day. While it may seem small, the time adds up, creates momentum, and I learn a lot.

Go for it – and share what you learn to help others. Thanks for that!!!!

Enjoy the day,
Anita