Punctuate with Action

It is terrific to say wonderfully inspiring things, yet without the action to back it up – no one will take you seriously. This is true at work, in relationships of all kinds, and especially with children. So if you want your words to have a positive impact, punctuate them with deeds that show your commitment, courage, and character. Begin today.

Have a great day,
Anita

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Pause Before You Complain

Oh my gosh! It’s so easy to complain about people, situations, and even the weather. Yet before you do, pause long enough to remember all of the good things you have in your life. When you do, you might just “forget” about complaining altogether. And that would be a very good thing!

Have a great day,
Anita

The “Perfect” Decision Dilemma

Wanting to make the “perfect” decision is something that many people struggle with – including me. Yet a perfect decision is an illusion and an insidious form of procrastination.

So what is a person to do?

Allocate a fixed amount of time you will devote to collecting information.
Determine and prioritize your key factors.
Pull together what you learn and decide.

While there is risk involved in any decision, having more time and information doesn’t necessarily lead to a better outcome.

Warmly,
Anita

Attitudes Are Contagious – What Are You Catching?

I have been reading a book for a work assignment and the author talked about how attitudes, emotions, and feelings are contagious. While this makes perfect sense, I never really thought about it in quite that way.

After a bit of reflection, I remembered two things:

The people closest to you shape your life. So, choose carefully and know that you may have to remove individuals from your life if their influence is taking you in a direction that is unhealthy or worse.

You shape other people’s lives. You words can encourage, inspire, and motivate or crush the other person. So be kind, compassionate, and sometimes strict. You owe it to yourself and the other person.

Have a great day,
Anita

What If You Can’t Decide?

Deciding can be a difficult thing to do, especially when there is no clear choice or it’s scary or you are being pressured by someone you know to select one outcome.

The list of reasons not to decide can go on and on and be really intimidating.

Yet making one massive decision is not required. You can break down your decision into manageable babysteps and act on them one, two, or three at a time. When you take this approach choosing become more fun than chore.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Stop Wishing. Start Doing.

Take a moment and pause. Think about what you want and wish could happen. Now think of one thing you have complete control over that can be your next step. It doesn’t matter how small the action is. What does matter is that you do it.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

The Other Side of the Obstacle

When I was in the midst of a massive (no exaggeration) obstacle, my mentor told me to work to see beyond what was in my way. He reminded me that on the other side of an obstacle is often expanded opportunity, confidence, and capacity.

Sage advice and that’s exactly what happened for me – and can happen for you.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Your Difference is Your Advantage

Some people try to hide their differences and just blend it. They might change their style of clothing, voice, and more. Yet, it’s the things that make us different that give us an edge in work, relationships, and general happiness. The real you can lead you to what you want in each area of like.

So be your special self.

Have a great day,
Anita

High Value Success

I have a friend, Jordan, used to be disappointed with just about everything and everyone.

Over a coffee, he shared, with me, that the source of his upset was within himself.

To his credit, my friend’s self-awareness led to his taking responsibility for how he reacted to the people and circumstances in his life. Not only is Jordan happier today, he is more successful, too – in ways meaningful to him.

Have a great day,
Anita

Don’t Ruin Your Day

Getting to work yesterday was an “adventure”. While we have had a mild winter (so glad), yesterday was a series of mini blizzards. Whiteout conditions. My trip took nearly 2 hours versus the usually 35-40 minutes. We were bumper to bumper almost the entire trip.

On top of this, I had a few technical issue with my laptop.

As I started to get frustrated with by my discombobulated day. I paused and refused to let myself ruin my day. So I made a list of the good stuff:

  • A wonderfully supportive team at work
  • Excellent CTA drivers
  • I finally got to wear my heavy duty snow boots
  • And many more things too numerous to write in this short post

Needless to say, I ended up having a really good day and shifting my perspective was key in making that possible.

Enjoy your day,
Anita