The Fuel in Challenge

It’s an interesting thing about challenge. It can be the source of tremendous angst or the inspiration to help you achieve your big dreams.

So what creates the difference? A wise friend once told me the variation is not in the circumstances, but in the perspective you bring to it.

Consider this. Do you see the potential negative consequences of things not going the way you hoped and planned? Or, are you even a little intrigued, excited, and hopeful.  In the first situation you will be crushed by situation. In the second, you will crush the circumstances and win.

The choice is in your hands.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Success = A Unified Purpose

I was working with someone yesterday who is not getting the traction that he wants – and he is a talented, competent, and engaging person. As we talked, it became clear to me that he doesn’t have a solid direction. As a result, he sets a new goals nearly every week and his progress is fleeting at best.

In the end, he agreed to take a step back and explore the thread, theme, and why of his ambition. With this understanding, we are both confident he will accelerate his growth, advancement, and success.

So if you aren’t making the progress you would really like, what action can you take today to begin to build your unifying purpose?

Warmly,
Anita

Banishing the Doubt Demon

Doubt is sneaky, insidious, and relentless. Once it takes hold, doubt can derail your goals, dreams, and plans. It can cause you to question yourself – again and again.

Yet there is hope. Your strengths and memories of when you won over challenges are mightier than doubt. So keep track of each win – big and small – and if doubt dares to try to creep in, pull out your “victories list”, read it out loud, and send doubt packing!

Have a great day,
Anita

Hidden Under the Challenge

Obstacles that feel hard and even oppressive, could actually be hiding your strengths, talents, and skills. In order to bring out your best, find tiny ways to challenge whatever is standing between you and your goals. Each step you take will reveal more of the good stuff that makes up who you are and what you can bring to the world.

Have a great day,
Anita

What’s Your PIQ?

In my work, I talk to students and alumni at Chicago Booth about the impact of their work. Yet, I rarely think of my PIQ or Positive Impact Quotient. PIQ is the sum of all of the value you create for others and yourself minus the negative impact you may have if you discourage, dismiss, or disparage others.

So as you go through your day, pause for a moment and think of the impact and implications of your next word or action. Will it make your PIQ go down or up? Than action accordingly.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Inaction Success Stealer

I was meeting with a former colleague recently and he was telling me about how he wasn’t getting the support for his new venture that he expected and wanted. He and I went back and forth a number of times and I felt that something was missing. What wasn’t he telling me?

About five minutes before I needed to head back to the office, he paused and shared that there was a bigger issue behind his lack of progress. Ultimately, he was concerned that someone would steal his idea – so he didn’t want to test it anymore than he already had. He and I both knew he would never achieve his goal through inaction.

So, my former colleague decided to do a few things: 1. Protect the aspects of his idea he could – specifically registering the trademark. 2. Zoom in on the things that he uniquely brings to the idea to create a specific brand identity. 3. Take one small step to bring his idea to market a bit more than he had so far.

Action can be scary and yet long term inaction will lead to failure without the feedback to know what to do next to fix it.

Warmly,
Anita