The Generosity Bonus

Generosity is a wonderful thing. You can do it anywhere and anytime, using lots of money or none at all. The key is what is in your heart – giving without expecting anything in return. When you do, things you never thought possible can show up when you least expect them – and that’s half the fun, right?

So be generous – early and often. In the process, you will expand your opportunities, capacity, and many, many, other terrific things.

Have a great day,
Anita

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What Does Your Work Say About You?

Whether you work inside the home, outside the home, or both, what you do is a reflection of who you are at your core.

So what kind of statement does your work say about you? Commitment? Care? Creativity?

You will want to know so you can keep doing what you are doing the way you are doing it – or make changes – big or small.

Have a great day,
Anita

Challenge and Positive Change

Challenge is a word that can be exhilarating and yet a little scary. What achievement has ever been accomplished without challenges of one kind or another. So if you aren’t advancing the way you would like to, where can you create a challenge to help you step up, move forward, and realize a goal or dream that has appeared out of reach? Take one babystep today. Then throw up your hands and shout “Ta Dah!”.

Have a great day,
Anita

Do You Prefer Success or Defeat?

On the surface, this could seem like a silly question. Who wouldn’t prefer success? Yet there are people (myself included at times) who create an environment that doesn’t support victories in one or more areas of life. This can include:

  • Not setting concrete goals or having actions accessible, doable, and repeatable – given the reality of your life.
  • Having the people closest to us bringing out your weakness rather than your strengths.

So, first decide if you want to succeed and if you do, dig down to know why.

From there, set supportive goals, create actions under your control, and develop relationships that benefit you and the other person.

Have a great day,
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

Take Courageous Action

I was chatting with a group of friends and the more I listened (to myself and others), the clearer it became that we needed to jump and take courageous action. While it’s scary to step out beyond what is comfortable, courageous action can be small – one tiny step toward your goals and dreams can create just the breakthrough you need. Once you take that first step, the next one can be a bit bolder. And so it goes.

Enjoy the ride,
Anita

Balanced Boldness

I see people at two ends of the spectrum – those who want to be bold – first, last, and in the middle and those who want everything even keel (at all times). Clearly, neither extreme works. For the “Boldies”, a pause to renew, refresh, and chill is a good idea. For the “Even Keelers”, it’s not really possible to be in that stay and, at the same time, more forward.

So my suggestion is be bold so that you stretch yourself with periodic timeouts (the good kind) to check in, catch your breath, and be ready to move ahead again – often at an accelerated pace.

Have a good day,
Anita

The Power of Active Gratitude

I was meeting with someone today and the topic of gratitude came up.

My friend believes that gratitude is an active endeavor – that it’s all about searching for things to appreciate about others and not just a response to something that another person did for you.

Way to go, Ken!

Have a great day,
Anita

The Follow-Up Edge

I talk to a lot of people about their careers and those who are willing help others advance professionally. I asked potential mentors or career advocates what gives people an edge as they look to re-entry the job market, advance in their companies, change careers, find a new job, or start a venture.

Their answer was straightforward, directly, and simple: follow-up. My immediate thought was – “Doesn’t everyone do that?” Apparently, not. One business leader told me that of the approximately 150 people who reached out to him in the last five year (clearly he’s big on tracking), only two ever thanked him or followed up. TWO – can you believe it. What a missed opportunity?!?

You be that rare person who follows up. Who knows how much you could gain?

Warmly,
Anita

Your Power Advantage Over Challenges

I was talking to someone recently (let’s call him “Steve”) who had been struggling with a significant challenge for more than a year. He had clearly turned the corner and when I asked him how he did, Steve was only too happy to tell me.

The big shift for him was his vantage point in relation to the problem. Last year, he was looking up at the problem and all of the aspects overwhelmed him. This year, he is looking down on the problem, and while still challenging, it felt so much smaller – and consequently, he has the perspective and wherewithal to solve it.

I clearly wanted specifics and this is what he shared:

  • Steve looked for the smaller pieces and he was able to find things that were under his control;
  • He acted on those instead of battling with items which required others to change (which he could not control); and
  • He took a step back, at least once a week, and documented what went well and what could be even better if.

Once he was able to make progress (even in tiny steps), he felt better about his situation -which gave him more confidence, courage, and determination to move ahead even more. It’s the classic virtuous circle.

So if you are in the midst of what seems like a deadlock, consider Steve’s approach.

Have a great week,
Anita