The Power of Upside Down Gratitude

I find it super easy to thank individuals for good stuff like – happy times, compliments, and wonderful people. Who wouldn’t, right?

Yet, there is another untapped area of good things. This is the power of upside down gratitude. Upside down gratitude is the value you can find in the not-so-positive and embrace it as crucial to your success and happiness. This requires courage, commitment, and a desire to take the lessons and leverage this for your greater good and the best for others.

Warmly,
Anita

Be a Comeback Genius

I will say upfront my extracurricular activities tend to go more toward books that sports. In fact, my alma mater, the University of Chicago, didn’t even have a football team that was much more than a “club” team.

So for those who know me, you might be surprised that I watched the Super Bowl. Well, I watched and I am VERY glad I did.

What a comeback story – one from which we can learn a lot:

  • Leadership under pressure. How would you react if you were down by more than three touchdowns with only have the game left? Many would give up, but not Brady. He kept going, putting everything on the line, and getting the rest of the team to believe a win was possible.
  • Not letting time be the deciding factor. The Patriots kept going, knowing that there had never been an overtime in a Super Bowl. Well, now there has been.
  • Finding a bit more determination, tenacity, and guts. When it looks like the tides had turned against Brady and the team, they stayed in the game – clearly with their heads and hearts.

There are many other things you can learn about being a comeback genius from Super Bowl LI. Just don’t find them, put them into action in your own life.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Danger of False Humility

Clearly, it’s off putting to have someone tell you how great she is. To me – it’s even worse when someone pretends to be humble and is actually incredibly arrogant. I find that it’s better to be yourself – authentic, confident in ways you are, and open to learning what you don’t know.

Warmly,
Anita

The Essential Actions for Success

Now that you have clarity about your goal, it’s essential that you begin to take action that is relevant, progressive, and doable. With that in mind, you will want to take (what I call) “performance babysteps”. These actions should be interesting to you, absolutely achievable within your schedule, priorities, and strengths, and completely under your control. For example, a performance babystep for me would be to research, write,and  post a blog post. With this example, I can complete these things without requiring someone else’s time, input, or response.

As a next step, think of your goal and what performance babystep you can begin taking today. Be sure to include the amount of time you will devote to this babystep and how often.

Warmly,
Anita

Elevate to Excel

Did you achieve what you wanted to in the last 12 months?

I suspect that the answer is “yes” and “no”.

Celebrate the successes – big and small. Also, look at the misses and see what babysteps you can take – that are interesting, absolutely accessible, and elevate your confidence, capacity, and courage – to help you bridge the gaps.

Then – go for it.

Warmly,
Anita

Do You Have the Courage to Win?

Where are you holding back and slowing or stalling out your progress?

No matter how much it might seem like lack of time, it’s much more likely that your courage has dipped too low for action. So experiment with tiny things to stretch your confidence, capacity, and courage. Then you can win and win again.

Have a great day,
Anita