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

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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

The Story That Helps You Succeed

Stories are powerful, predictive, and persuasive. They influence your actions and those of others. The question is what story do you typically tell and what message is it sending?

There are the “poor me” stories (which I don’t recommend), while very convincing, reduce credibility, trust, and the likelihood of achieving your goals and dreams. On the other hand, is the “yes I hit a very challenging situation and actually used it to succeed” story. I really love these – they almost always display courage, tenacity, and resilience.

Here’s the kicker: the circumstance in both kinds are stories can be exactly the same. I’ve been there. After being crushed by an elevator, I told many “poor me” stories that ultimately did me no good. With time and much self-honesty, I started telling a “yes I hit a very challenging situation and actually used it to succeed” story. This was the best thing I could have done: it opened up a whole new world of happiness and success for me.

Have a great day,
Anita

Is Your Purpose Too Puny?

I was chatting with a friend who has been struggling with a specific challenge for a long time and he was more than a bit frustrated that he hadn’t yet resolved it. I asked him why coming up with a solution was important to him. He gave me one of those “isn’t it obvious” looks and yet he didn’t really have an answer.

As we continued to talk, he realized that he didn’t have a strong enough purpose around the challenge to bring his best self, power through, and bounce back when things didn’t go his way.

Puny purposes are often at the root of something not being achieved. So what is your goal / challenge and what makes it super important to you?

Warmly,
Anita

Your Success Threshold

Many people don’t get the traction they want on their goals. Why is that, you may wonder? I believe that they take on too much and don’t have the willpower to go the distance.

So what is the solution? Know why you have chosen the goal and what action could you take that is super easy – absolutely doable! Then you will build momentum and success become a habit.

Warmly,
Anita

If You’re Not Breaking Through . . .

Have you been working on a goal and not making the progress you hope? Do you feel you have been making every effort and zero benefits?

Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you all in or are you splitting your attention among a variety of goals? If this is the case, you could be dissipating your time, energy, and other resources. So focus.
  • Could you be feeling any resentment today any people, organizations, or circumstances? If yes, immediately find at least one thing you appreciate. Please do this or you could be stuck forever.

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

The Value You Gain

It’s a funny thing. The value you gain is a function of your ability to see all of the good stuff in front of you. This is especially difficult if you are in the midst of a challenging time – filled with real and/or perceived obstacles. When I hit a VERY hard time, it was almost impossible for me see the goodness in my life. That was eclipsed by what was painful, discouraging, and seemingly unfair.

My turning point came after I committed to writing down five things that were good in my life every day. While things didn’t become amazing, fantastic, and awesome right away, each day I wrote down my list – my life got better. The interesting thing is that  my circumstances didn’t change in dramatic ways, but my heart did.

Just a thought.

Have a great day,
Anita