Respect and Honoring

The next time you walk down the street pay attention to the people you see.

Are you concentrating more on how each individual is different than you or more on how they are the same?

Whatever you focus on will transform your environment. Decide how you want it to be. Consider a balanced approach – see each person’s humanity while respecting and honoring their differences. What’s one way you can do this today?

Enjoy your day,
Anita

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Success Through Storied Dialogue

Stories are wonderful tools that facilitate communication. Unlike facts, which you have to agree or disagree with, stories give you the opportunity to find something that you can relate to. They are a wonderful starting point for dialogue.

So the next time you really want to make a point, create a story (based on the facts) that provides opportunities for each person in find something in it that they can connect with and start the exchange of ideas.

Have a great day,
Anita

Valuing Others Can Help You

How do you treat people who can no longer give you something important? Are they relegated to a dusty shelf somewhere or do elevate them to an even higher status?

Which approach you take might just predict how healthy you will be during your lifetime. Researchers from Temple University found that individuals who view people at replaceable as the latest and greatest device are likely to suffer from a variety of health problems even if they live a so-called “healthy” life.

Embracing and finding the continuing value in each person’s life can be a priceless elixir. Drink up.

Warmly,
Anita

Don’t Wait for a Crisis

“I feel like I went to my funeral and then lived,” a colleague shared recently.

After friends and colleagues found out that he had been diagnosed with a deadly disease, many told him how they felt about him. “I was extremely joyful, yet humbled by all they said,” he told me. I could tell that it meant a lot to him. Who knows – the comments could have been a powerful “medicine” that has helped with his recovery.

So don’t wait for a “crisis” to tell those you care about how much they mean to you, call or write to someone today – and when people tell you good things about you, listen up.

Enjoy your day and life,
Anita

The Act of Kindness Bonus

What would happen if you did an act of kindness each and every hour you were awake?

Offer these acts to yourself as well as others – balancing between the two. Do this as an experiment and notice what happens.

Many people reporting back have experienced great joy and a new excitement about their own lives, enabling to go after dreams they had tabled for years. The benefits to yourself and others are waiting for you to begin.

Thank you,
Anita

Happiness for You

Have a happiness party with your friends.

Get some crayons, markers, glue, stickers, watercolors, glitter, and old magazines and even printed images from your device. Don’t forget oversized construction paper, card stock, or folders. Invite some friends over to create “Happiness Collages.”

Your mission to create an image of what happiness means to you. Use pictures, words, and squiggles of color to show what happiness means to you. Then post your collage where you can see it every day and watch your happiness sprout in ways you can’t even imagine.

Enjoy your day,
Anita

Always/Never Enough?!?

Many people believe that they don’t have enough money, must get more, and really will only be satisfied when they have more than enough.

What that means is different depending on who you are and where you start. Yet one thing is universal – “more than enough” is vague, indefinite, and unreachable regardless of who you are.

So if you are frustrated by never having more than enough – consider what they would actually be. In the process, you might find that you have more than enough right now.

Have a wonderful day,
Anita

Success Value

People spend more time connected to their work than ever before – in terms of both time and sense of self-worth. Yet you are not what you do, but how you do it.

Look at your current situation. How can do your work in ways that you will make you feel proud of yourself and add value to your colleagues, yourself, and your organization? Begin right now.

Warmly,
Anita

The “Perfect” Mentor

Do you know that mentors come from all backgrounds, educational levels, and ages? That gives each of us the opportunity to guide and contribute to another person’s life beginning right now.

One company has its senior executives mentor new employees fresh out of college to share their wisdom, experience, and insights. In turn the new college grads mentor the senior execs, giving them a fresh perspective and insights into current “hot buttons” for young adults. Everybody gains.

So now it’s your turn. Put aside whatever you believe prevents you from being a mentor and reach out to another – today.

Have a great day,
Anita

Focus, Happiness, and Success

Ever forget something and then kick yourself? While self-flagellation is counterproductive, paying attention to things vital to you is essential for a happy and satisfying life.

So the next time you become preoccupied with slow traffic, full e-mail boxes, and other little distractions of life, stop for 60 seconds.

Ask yourself what’s really most important to you. Then make time to enjoy whatever you discover.

Thank you,
Anita