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

Success Engagement

If you are like me, you find something you want to learn about and dive deeply into finding the person who can help you. My enthusiasm can take over and I need to remind myself that the person is an actual human being – way more than just a conduit to the resources and information I want and need.

When you authentically demonstrate that you value the other person – with care, respect, and appreciation – your opportunities can expand exponentially and you will feel wonderful in the process.

Have a great day,
Anita

Anita

The Gracious Success Connection

I was working with someone recently who was asking for my advice about a significant career transition. We spoke about a variety of things and after each idea, he responded with a tone of voice that made me feel like he thought it was a waste of his time. As this happened one after another after another item on our agenda, I was getting a bit fatigued – yet was committed to him and continued on.

Toward the end of our meeting, this individual told me he was so happy with the time we spent together and was recharged, motivated, and knew what steps to take. I must admit that I was really (pleasantly) surprised.

There are two lessons here: first, we shouldn’t take any one reaction as a critique of how everything is going and second (if you are the sender of feedback), check in to be sure that you are inserting a bit of gracious appreciation along the way.

Have a great day,
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

One Step Success

Okay, I don’t mean that you can take one tiny action and you will be successful. That would be completely unrealistic. What I mean, is that if each of us takes a step together – based on respect, we can succeed and create economic and social value. It will benefit many – starting with you.

Have a great day,
Anita

A Lifeline Halfway Around the World

Last week I met someone (now a new friend) who displayed more compassion than I have seen in a very long time. An acquaintance of hers fell ill thousands of miles away from home where he didn’t speak the language. My new friend mobilized a whole group of people – from her friends and family to individuals from Chicago Booth – to help her acquaintance.

The good news is that her acquaintance will be okay, but I believe not without the help of my new friend. One person taking a series of babysteps made a big difference.

Way to go, friend!

Have a great day,
Anita