Optimists Unite

Optimists have the right idea. Often, negative events do lead to something positive. To remind yourself of this, think about how a past setback or failure led to something beneficial.  Perhaps it’s something you hadn’t even anticipated. What did you learn from the challenges you’ve successfully dealt with? Record these successes for future reference.

Have a great day,
Anita

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Fan the Flames

Too many people let their dreams die, hopes fade, and spirits wither.  Don’t. Know why you want this dream. Develop a vivid picture about life after you’ve realized it – write it down or create a collage depicting your success. Your enthusiasm will inspire others to help you achieve your dreams and keep you motivated.

Warmly,
Anita

Beyond the Impasse

When I feel stuck, I sometimes “forget” that I am not alone. I am not the only person to be at an impasse.

This is important for a few reasons: 1. There is comfort in having company. 2. A person who has been there can be a good example on how to get beyond the impasse. 3. As you leverage the other person’s experience, you can create renewed momentum.

Oh – one more thing – your getting beyond the impasse can encourage and inspire someone else to do the same. So share your story.

Have a great day,
Anita

Your Living Mission

It has been said: “Everyone has a unique mission.” While I believe this in the depths of my life, understanding my specific mission is another story.

On one particularly frustrating day I quizzed a wise friend about my mission “confusion”. “Anita,” Jay told me, “your mission is not confined to one place or activity. Start with a dream.  Add your strengths. Apply them at home and at work. You will experience your mission.”

“Okay,” I replied not really believing Jay. Yet I still gave it a shot – and Jay was right. My home, work, and community are great places to live my mission. You can, too.

Take one action toward your dream today and observe how your mission can unfold.

Warmly,
Anita

The Purpose of Your Life

What if the purpose of your life is to discover the purpose of your life?

You have a purpose that no one other than you can fulfill. Your unique set of skills, talents, abilities, passions, interests, and experiences make you perfectly equipped to do it.

So pause for 30 seconds and ask yourself the following: what is my purpose or my mission in life? If nothing comes up, don’t worry. Keep listening with a gentle heart. Notice what you “hear” today?

We need what you have to offer,
Anita

Responsibility Is Key to Success

There are two kinds of people.

The first are those who take responsibility for their lives, careers, and winning. While they get knocked down many times, they continue to get back up and move ahead. Even if they complain, it’s a momentary vent and not a way of life.

On the other hand, there are people, who when they hit a roadblock or challenge, blame others for their not succeeding. This approach can even feel good in the short-term. Yet, in the end, it is insidiously harmful. The blame game will stunt your growth, diminish your credibility, and ultimately steal your opportunity to advance, thrive, and contribute the best of yourself.

The world is waiting for exactly what you have to offer. Don’t make us wait anymore.

Warmly,
Anita

Courageous Action

I was with a group of friends yesterday and one person (a cool friend) was sharing how she has a BIG goal – so big it’s scary. She questioned whether she was too afraid to take actions toward her goal.

While this surprised me, I kept listening. As she was describing her “less than bold” actions, I was more and more inspired by her. Her actions are clearly based on her purpose, leverage her strengths, and ARE courageous. By the way,size and speed really do not matter.

Way to go, Susie!!!!

Have a great day,
Anita

Powerful Growth at Any Age

I have a newish friend who moved to Chicago a couple of years ago to start her second doctorate. At the time, this woman was in her late 60’s. She is well on her way to achieving that goal.

Oh wait, there’s more. She became a driving force and presenter for a global education conference in Africa. Recently, she applied for and got into a language intensive in Japan.

By the way, she is a person of modest means and all along the way find to find the monies to fund her career “adventures”.

My friend is a shining example of how important stretch goals are regardless of your age and how to not let longevity, money, or anything else stand in your way. I think that it helps a bunch that her purpose for doing all of this is to help others.

So what’s your next stretch goal?

Thank you, friend.

Have a great 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

Connecting Success

Everyone has their own take on how success looks and what it means. That said, one thing is universal – you build success through people and the solid reciprocal connections you establish and maintain.

So if you want to accelerate your success, deepen your relationships.

Warmly,
Anita