Powerful Growth at Any Age

I have a newish friend who moved to Chicago a couple of years ago to start her second doctorate. At the time, this woman was in her late 60’s. She is well on her way to achieving that goal.

Oh wait, there’s more. She became a driving force and presenter for a global education conference in Africa. Recently, she applied for and got into a language intensive in Japan.

By the way, she is a person of modest means and all along the way find to find the monies to fund her career “adventures”.

My friend is a shining example of how important stretch goals are regardless of your age and how to not let longevity, money, or anything else stand in your way. I think that it helps a bunch that her purpose for doing all of this is to help others.

So what’s your next stretch goal?

Thank you, friend.

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

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

Have You Reached Your Limit?

You may be thinking: “Yes, I have reached my limit with someone or something that may be bugging me.”

Yet, this is not what I have in mind with this question. My question is about: Have you reached your ultimate capacity in each area of your life? If you are alive and breathing, you have more to contribute to the world. This is true if you are 2 or 100+ or anything in between.

So today, take a tiny action that expands your capacity, confidence, and courage – even a teeny bit. At that point, you have a new limit – really a new starting point for whatever you do next.

Have a great day,
Anita

Stir Change

Change can seem like a scary thing at times, especially when you are not the driver. In today’s world, change seems like the only constant – so what is a person to do?

My friend, Penny, once told me that with change, “if you can’t control it, jump in to be part of the change, and help others manage it.” This has proven to be rather sage advice. You can be the protagonist of change – and if you take the lead, you can powerfully influence the outcome you want to see.

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

Step Up: The World is Waiting

I often chat with people who aren’t sure they have enough of one thing or another to really add major value to the world. Once and for all, this just isn’t so. Each of us has many things that at least one other person needs to hear, learn from, and take action on.

So before you negate your next idea, product, or project – STOP! You could be the perfect person to do what is noodling around in your head. So do it and remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself. You can build a team to support your efforts.

Have a great day,
Anita