A 90% Success Rate

How would you rate a person who scores 90%? If you’re like most people, who would give that a person an “A” or “A-“. A 90% success rate also means that 10% of the strategies and actions didn’t work.

Yet many individuals won’t allow themselves a 10% mistake rate. They want 100% success 100% of the time, which often results in fear of failure and inaction. So what if you allowed yourself a 10% mistake rate? What would you be willing to do that you weren’t willing to do in the past? Act today and you will be moving toward the future you desire.

Have a great day,


The 50% Experiment

Are you so busy talking that you sometimes miss some of the really good stuff? As an experiment, talk 50% less than you normally do. Then notice what happens. You might just pick up some valuable knowledge, insights, and opportunities. There’s a side benefit. When you say less, others may listen more when you do speak up.

Have a wonderful day,

The Possible Versus the “Impossible”

Make a list of the big and small things that are on your mind. Now break the list into #1 – those things you feel that you can do something about and #2 – those things you feel are out of your control.

For list #1, decide what you are willing to begin doing today.

For list #2, consult with a close friend, partner, or colleague and ask him or her what you might be able to do to advance those seemingly impossible goals. Ask for assistance in seeing what is can do starting now, given your current circumstances.

By focusing on what you can do, you will achieve success which you can build on from the present moment into the future.

Much success,

Hiding Treasures? Don’t Do It!

Do you have an idea, concept, product, or service that has been floating around in your head, journal, or device and yet you haven’t taken the next step to actually share it with the world?

What if your idea could make even one person’s life better? What if a group of people is just waiting for your product or service to be available?

So today, choose one thing you’ve been working on or have been thinking about working on and take the next step. Share your idea with one other person in the next 24 hours. By the way, it doesn’t have to be perfect and neither do you.


Invite Help

Some people believe that if they don’t “discover” the solution all on their own, they are diminished and have failed. Not only is this attitude self-defeating, it’s actually arrogant. By not allowing others to help you, you cheat them of the good feelings they would receive from making a contribution.

So who would enjoy helping you today? Make the most of their assistance. And of course, show your appreciation with a kind word, hug, or even thank you gift. Choose whatever is appropriate for the situation and the relationship.

Have a great day,

What is an Effective Goal?

You have likely created many goals in your life. The question is really how can you develop an effective goal where others will be open to supporting you to achieve it?

There are a few things to keep in mind  – like that your goal is clear, concrete, and measurable – so that you will know when you accomplished it. Another important aspect is that you know why achieving this goal is important to you. This often is pivotal to success or failure. Yet, since we can’t achieve most goals without the support of others, your goal must be understandable to individuals from whom you need and want insights, guidance, and advocacy.

So ask yourself: is this goal specific, important to me, and understandable to others. If “yes”, it’s time to move ahead.

Have a great day,

Are You Good Enough??? Yes!!!

This past week, someone asked me if she was good enough to reach a goal that is very important to her. While I took her question seriously, I was a stumped that she asked the question in the first place. She is very intelligent, talented, and personable. Yet, there are inklings of doubt in her mind that, if left unchecked,  could distort her perceptions, limit her choices, and diminish her success and happiness.

Don’t let that happen, my friend!  By the way, this applies to anyone reading this. You deserve the best.

Have a great day,

Advanced Gratitude

Gratitude has levels – just like about anything worthwhile doing in life. It’s totally fine to start at the beginner level. In fact, it’s great to do that, so you have a solid foundation from now and into the future.

So here are beginner and advanced levels of gratitude:

Beginner Gratitude: This is the stage where you are able to say “thank you”, see the many resources within your life, and where you may even keep a gratitude journal. This is all good stuff and a wonderful place to start. Even after you get really good at at the beginner gratitude level, keep doing it AND move to the advanced level.

Advanced Gratitude: This is the stage where you can feel appreciation for someone you might not like, may make you angry, and you may even want this person to FAIL. In situations like this, you may have to dig really deep, go beyond the desire to be “right” above all, and find one thing you value about this “no so great” person. When you are able to do this, you grow and a world of opportunities will open up to you. This is the realm of breakthrough after breakthrough after breakthrough.

Just start where you are and whether beginner or advanced, your actions are making the world a more appreciative place.

Thank you,

A Little Scared Actually Helps

Many people want to make all fear go away – so far away that it never returns.

I actually believe that a little fear or nervousness can be a good thing. For me, it keeps me on my toes – so I don’t become complacent when I am doing something I have done many times. The bit of fear gives me an edge, increases my commitment, and motivates me to learn, grow, and do better than the last time.

Of course, don’t let fear immobilize you. That would be terrible. Instead, use being a little scared to increase your expectations of yourself and deliver at a higher level.


Have a great day,


Don’t Save It – Pass It On

I was visiting some new friends late last year and in the midst of a wonderful brunch, we began to talk about gratitude – a topic near and dear to my heart. The next thing I knew, one of the people rushed into the back of her house and brought me the book, The Gratitude Diaries. I thanked her for letting me see it and handed it back to her.

“Anita, you keep it and pass it on when you are done,” she said. I thanked her and really enjoyed the book and looked for someone else who could benefit from reading it. The opportunity came last week when I was working with a student who I thought would enjoy The Gratitude Diaries.

I gave it to her and told her when she was done reading it to pass it on to someone else.

While my tendency is to save ideas, books, and lots more, passing something on that I enjoyed felt awesome.

Jen, thanks for the idea and the book!

Have a great day,