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

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

Neutralizing Your Achilles Heel

I find it fascinating how easy is it to be swayed by people and circumstances – those seemingly negative things we experience. When it happens to me (and those around me), it is not a big surprise.

What I didn’t really pay attention to until a few years ago is how distracting a win, success, or victory can be. It’s actually part of the “one hit wonder” phenomenon. What’s so important is that as you have a success, you (of course) celebrate and then plan your next goal. Otherwise, the headiness of the win could make you complacent and when you don’t continue to advance, you are retreating.

Pay attention to any discouraging challenges or impasses AND the things that might make you pause too long. Both can sway you – don’t let them.

Have a great day,
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

The Challenge Change Power Couple

Challenges, in the form of obstacles, doubt, and more can be scary, frustrating, and intimidating. Yet they are precisely the raw material needed for advancement, developing new capabilities, and expanding your opportunities.

In important ways, challenge and change are a power couple that provide the motivation, tenacity, and resilience you need to achieve your goals and dreams.

So what challenge in front of you today is your ticket to greater success and happiness?

Have a great day,
Anita

The Next Impossible

Each time I face something I haven’t achieved before, my brain goes to “it can’t be done” mode. Then I think of a myriad of reasons about how that goal is impossible. Just before I have totally convinced myself that I might as well do something else, my mentor’s voice booms in my head, “Impossible, Don’t tell me that. Focus. Develop wisdom to know what do. Then do it.”

“Ah yes,” I think to myself. I make myself recall a time when I truly believed something was impossible (like that I would ever be happy again after being crushed by a multi-ton elevator car). Then I remind myself of my victories – especially the tiny ones that seemed insignificant – and how each one was an essential part of my transformation.

So when you face your next impossible, remember when you made something that appeared impossible absolutely possible – with your focused vision, commitment, and tenacity.

Warmly,
Anita