The Answer is: Encourage Someone NOW!

Whenever I find myself down, I tend to default to self-absorption and even wallowing. While this can feel better in the moment, it doesn’t really help at all.

What I have come to realize is that if I pause a moment and think about who I can help – doing so brightens my day and gives me hope. This creates a positive spiral which benefits me and those around me.

Have a great day,
Anita

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Be a Benefit

Be a benefit to those you see and talk to.

Certainly do not sacrifice yourself or be untrue to what you believe in. However, do focus on the good in each person and circumstance – and share the good in you with others.

With that in mind, you will be a benefit in others’ lives – guaranteed. And the benefits to you will be enormous.

Thank you,
Anita

Appreciative at First Sight

Ever look at the people you come into contact with and only notice their flaws – a few extra pounds, a missing button, or a squeaky voice. For the next 48 hours, put a new filter on your “sight” so that what you see first and foremost is each person’s internal and external strengths, beauty, and goodness.

Have a great day,
Anita

Getting Unstuck

What do you do when you feel stuck?

My usual MO is to push and push and attempt to “figure out” the problem, write down a whole bunch of possible solutions, and create a list of the resources I need to “make things happen”.

While this approach often does work, not always. In fact, sometimes the more I push and plan and strategize – the most stuck I feel. That’s when I give up – not quit, but give up my idea of how things “should” work out.

Have a great day,
Anita

Unblocking Kindness

Kindness is an easy thing to share in theory, but quite another thing in reality.

Fear, greed, and ignorance can be powerful barriers to sharing our loving kindness. “What if the other person rejects me?” “If I give to him will there be enough for me?” “What could I possibly give to her?”

Yet getting beyond those obstacles will yield considerable rewards to you and others. So go out and share your kindness. Start small and enjoy the benefits..

Warmly,
Anita

Worth Doing?

Ever do a great job on something and then not receive any acknowledgement for a job well done?

While sometimes recognition is not part of the culture, it could be something else. Was your project worth doing in the first place? Did it contribute to a goal valued by your organization?

If not, no matter how well you do something if it’s not worth doing, it likely will never be rewarded.

So what project or activity could you work on next that is valued by you and your organization? Proceed with care, commitment, and capability.

Have a great day,
Anita

Errors as Teachers

Your past can help you predict your future, but not 100%.

However many people believe this, many live their lives as if their past dictates the future, and use worry to guide them.  Yet happiness is not found this way.

While past “errors” can be teachers, make them compassionate ones that allow you to grow, advance, and yes – even learn from a few more mistakes along the way.

So today, choose one goal that makes the most of your strengths that your have developed through both your successes and challenges.

Have a great day,
Anita

A Real Confidence Builder

Some people look life answers for data, theories, and formulas and others gravitate toward the self-help section of their local bookstore.

While information of many kinds can assist you, true confidence is not built that way. The truly confident become so through a series of experiences where you challenge yourself, go beyond what you think you can do, and advance step by step.

So what situation currently in your life could be real confidence builder? It could be anything – internally or externally – that is stretching you at the moment. Take a step now and watch your life condition and vitality grow.

Thank you,
Anita

 

What Matters to You

Do you know what really matters to you? Do you live your life based on those “ideals”?

Some people need a trauma or loss to gain clarity and focus on what’s really important to them. You don’t have to wait for such an event.

Sit down for 15 minutes today – at lunch, on the bus, or any time that’s convenient. Write down the top 10 most important people and projects in your life. Then make another list – include in that list the 10 people and projects consuming your time. Are the lists in sync? If not, realign you time to focus on what really matters to you.

Have a great day,
Anita

Focus, Happiness, and Success

Ever forget something and then kick yourself? While self-flagellation is counterproductive, paying attention to things vital to you is essential for a happy and satisfying life.

So the next time you become preoccupied with slow traffic, full e-mail boxes, and other little distractions of life, stop for 60 seconds.

Ask yourself what’s really most important to you. Then make time to enjoy whatever you discover.

Thank you,
Anita