The Perspective Paradox

I work with a lot of people over the course of a year. It’s very interesting to see how two people in very similar circumstances can have very different networks, opportunities, and outcomes.

So what IS the difference? I have found that it has a lot to do with attitude, perspective, and most importantly, a sense of gratitude. Appreciation can positively change EVERYTHING for the better.

Warmly,
Anita

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The Power of Patience

I want things now – actually yesterday – and when they take longer than I hoped, I get cranky. Yet I have come to realize that in pursuing a goal for a longer than I expected, I grow in capacity, courage, and other good stuff. So the power of being patient comes in seemingly wonderful ways.

So step back and while you “take your time,” continue to be authentic, active, and appreciative,

Have a great day,
Anita

The Power of the Prize

I find it fascinating how many people set really big goals and “forget” the focus, determination, and work needed to win the prize. Some experts will even sell you the idea that anyone can do achieve the people with minimal effort.

Nothing is achieved without committed, consistent, and determined practice – and this is actually a good thing. “WHAT?” you may wonder. “Isn’t it good to get awesome stuff now without tons of action?”

I would say “No!” You, me, and the rest of the world needs trials, efforts, and resets to help us grow, advance, and be prepared for the successes that follow. Without the challenges, pivots, and enhanced courage, commitment, and confidence, each of us will likely end up bored, disenchanted, and disengaged.

I want you to be happy, contributing, and exciting about making a positive difference in your life and those around you. That’s the Power of the Prize. Go for it!

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Your Smallest Actions Can Make a Difference

We live in a world that can feel divisive and not kindness friendly, Consequently, it’s very easy to feel discouraged and believe the problems are completely beyond our control.

Yet, you can influence your immediate environment with a smile, encouraging word, or action of generosity. In doing so, you become part of a bigger solution – which can positively ripple out beyond what you can imagine.

Keep taking those babysteps. Each one counts!!

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Generosity Rules

I had a bit of a challenge as my day started. While it wasn’t huge, it was unsettling. Yet my day completely turned around for the better (BIG TIME) out of the generosity of two people – a stranger and a colleague. The first went of of his way to see that I had options with something that was broken and the second person found a way for me to have the object immediately replaced.

Their generosity of time, kindness, and heart made my day and gave me hope about the goodness of people in the world.

Thank you both!

Warmly,
Anita

What’s in Your Mirror?

Mirrors have many purposes – from straightening your hair to making sure your jacket is buttoned correctly.

Yet mirrors can have much more profound information for you.

Your family, friends, colleagues, and more are a great mirror. Often the things that may annoy you about another person is often the very thing that you need to change. Even more, making that change will open up greater opportunities for your success and happiness!

Enjoy your day,
Anita

When Being Generous Isn’t Convenient

When I looked up generous in an online dictionary – kind and magnanimous were key aspects of the definition. Even though these are two things I aspire to be, it’s not always easy or convenient. What if the other person isn’t kind and magnanimous toward me (or people I care about)? What is the other person is down right rude or nasty?

While it’s important to use good judgement in all situations, being generous is a way of being – not a gift given to only those few who treat you “perfectly”. So in each situation you face, see how you can lead with a generous heart. By the way, I would start with sharing that generosity with yourself.

Have a great day,
Anita

Courageous Action

I was with a group of friends yesterday and one person (a cool friend) was sharing how she has a BIG goal – so big it’s scary. She questioned whether she was too afraid to take actions toward her goal.

While this surprised me, I kept listening. As she was describing her “less than bold” actions, I was more and more inspired by her. Her actions are clearly based on her purpose, leverage her strengths, and ARE courageous. By the way,size and speed really do not matter.

Way to go, Susie!!!!

Have a great day,
Anita

How to Remain Undefeated

It’s always exciting when our favorite team is undefeated. Yet, to me, the more important consideration is how you, me, and each person on earth can remain undefeated in this lifetime?

Some people believe that never having a defeat is impossible. I would disagree. Pause and remember what “undefeated” actually means. It is not that you never have a setback, obstacle, or even a failure. It really means not quitting, giving up, or giving in to doubt, fear, or discouragement.

Defeat begins in your mind and so does winning. You get to choose.

Have a great day,
Anita

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