Focus on the Right Things to Win

Earlier in my career, I hit a rough patch and I was determined to fix it immediately. My mentor gave me some sage. He suggested that instead of putting all of my attention on the setback, I would be better off taking a little bit of time to understand what went wrong and then refocusing the majority of my attention on what I wanted to create for my future. Doing this gave me a goal and the courage and motivation to go after it and win.

Something to think about.

Warmly,
Anita

Unhelpful or Helpful?

I have this tendency – to allow myself to be swayed by people and situations that could be perceived as negative. The operative phrase here is “could be perceived as negative”. Not actually negative, but my attitude makes me feel that it’s a foregone conclusion.

So, I am taking a different approach these days. Instead of embracing the potentially negative side of a person or situation, I am asking myself if my perspective  is helpful or unhelpful. If my take is encouraging me to take value-creating action, then I keep it. If not, then I choose to shift.

Have a great day,
Anita

The Distraction of Setbacks

Working on a goal can be very motivating as long as things are going your way. Yet, invariably there will be setbacks (bigger and smaller). The key is to not let them distract or even derail you. Your focus and remembering why the goal is important are key -and to be always looking for the lessons that will help you grow your courage, capacity, and successes.

Have a great day,
Anita

Who’s Got Your Back?

You have a clear goal, are prepared to take essential actions for success, and are ready to track your success. With all of this effort, are you making the progress that you desire? If not, consider asking for help.

Separate the things that you need to do into two categories – things you are good at and areas where you are not skilled. Look at the second group and see who has the talents to help you and would welcome the opportunity. Ask them and of course, remember to show how much you appreciate what they are doing for you.

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

Create a Portfolio of Goals

With your investments, it is a really good idea to have a portfolio of different risks and rewards. The same is true of your goals:

  • Some will be high risk – those are the big, audacious goals others may tell you are impossible.
  • Others will be medium risk – these can be accomplished, yet could take a fair amount of skills, resources, and solid relationships.
  • Still others will be low risk – these are things that you can begin accomplishing  today with the skills, knowledge, and relationships you already have.

So today, draft a low, medium, and higher risk goal. This will be a good starting point for the year.

Warmly,
Anita