The Fuel in Challenge

It’s an interesting thing about challenge. It can be the source of tremendous angst or the inspiration to help you achieve your big dreams.

So what creates the difference? A wise friend once told me the variation is not in the circumstances, but in the perspective you bring to it.

Consider this. Do you see the potential negative consequences of things not going the way you hoped and planned? Or, are you even a little intrigued, excited, and hopeful.  In the first situation you will be crushed by situation. In the second, you will crush the circumstances and win.

The choice is in your hands.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Advance or You Are Retreating

My mentor has told me again and again “advance or you are retreating”. He believes that this is true in organizations and individuals.

That said, if you get lost in the daily grind of work and life – it can be easy to miss opportunities to progress (even a little). So each day, pause for a moment and ask yourself what action you can take to move ahead even a teeny bit.

Advance now and tomorrow and then the day after that.

Have a great day,
Anita

Stumbling Forward

I have a tendency to want to perfect a new skill before I use it. While this can be viewed as an admirable quality, it is also rather restrictive. This approach clearly can limit advancement. So lately, I have been testing my new skills before I would give them an A+. What I have learned is that even if I need to refine and polish these skills, if I don’t test them out I will never receive the essential feedback to make them great.

Warmly,
Anita

Banishing the Doubt Demon

Doubt is sneaky, insidious, and relentless. Once it takes hold, doubt can derail your goals, dreams, and plans. It can cause you to question yourself – again and again.

Yet there is hope. Your strengths and memories of when you won over challenges are mightier than doubt. So keep track of each win – big and small – and if doubt dares to try to creep in, pull out your “victories list”, read it out loud, and send doubt packing!

Have a great day,
Anita

Judging Success

It’s a funny thing about another person’s success when you look at it at a specific point in time. You could easily gain a distorted view. Wherever you enter the picture, you could miss where the person started, the challenges he faced, and the courage he used to transform them.

In other words, you might judge instead of celebrating. The former could destroy a relationship before it starts and latter could be the beginning of a life-long friendship.

Have a great day,
Anita

Do You Prefer Success or Defeat?

On the surface, this could seem like a silly question. Who wouldn’t prefer success? Yet there are people (myself included at times) who create an environment that doesn’t support victories in one or more areas of life. This can include:

  • Not setting concrete goals or having actions accessible, doable, and repeatable – given the reality of your life.
  • Having the people closest to us bringing out your weakness rather than your strengths.

So, first decide if you want to succeed and if you do, dig down to know why.

From there, set supportive goals, create actions under your control, and develop relationships that benefit you and the other person.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Encouragement Multiplier

I believe that each of us needs encouragement and I am at the front of the line. For me, I find it in books, podcasts, and, most importantly, people. Yet I learned several years ago that (for me) encouragement is most powerful if I give it first – sincerely, specifically, and often. When I do, I am instantly encouraged. What a wonderful virtuous circle!

Enjoy your day,
Anita