Clear Out Your Mental Gunk

Recently, I was struggling to make time to complete a personal project that is important to me. When I shared this dilemma with a close friend, she told me I needed to do a bit of gunk cleaning. Now she didn’t mean cleaning out my junk drawer (which also isn’t a bad idea), my friend was referring to the mental gunk (i.e. negativity) that was sucking my energy and diverting time that could be used for my project.

Just like most people, clearing gunk is a work in progress. My babystep is noticing when gunk surfaces and I cleaning it out fast.

Thanks so much for reading this,

Gratitude is the Secret Sauce of Success

As I think back to this day (2.16), many years ago, when I was crushed by an elevator, my life was a struggle until I was able to feel gratitude. While is was far from easy, without it, I would be living in that loss instead of creating an even better life.

Thank you for all who helped me see what was possible.


Success Engagement

If you are like me, you find something you want to learn about and dive deeply into finding the person who can help you. My enthusiasm can take over and I need to remind myself that the person is an actual human being – way more than just a conduit to the resources and information I want and need.

When you authentically demonstrate that you value the other person – with care, respect, and appreciation – your opportunities can expand exponentially and you will feel wonderful in the process.

Have a great day,


The Enthusiasm / Success Quotient

Several years ago, I was chatting with a woman I really respect. She had been in her field for a long time and yet her level of enthusiasm was just like she had started yesterday. I was curious how she maintained a high level of enthusiasm, why she kept learning, and how her commitment to her field was higher than when I first met her years before.

Her answer was simple. “Anita,” she told me. “I know that I need to be all in or I would cheating myself and the people with whom I work – and I use my curiosity as my foundation. With that, I am learning new things and am able to help others.”

To my friend, success was about caring about others and her work, finding things to expand her capacity, insights, and value to others, and to make what could seem old hat and boring come alive day after day. I learned a lot from my friend on that day which I use to even now.

Thanks, Barb.


The Success of Change

You may be thinking that I am going to talk about the success of a change management project. Well no, at least not the big corporate transformational programs you might have experienced.

This change project is individual and internal. It starts with your seeing what you want to have different and taking babysteps to make it happen. Even with incremental changes, there is often resistance and the only way to transform the situation is by changing your heart. As squishy as this may seem, it is incredibly practical to look for the locus of change inside of yourself. Once you do, the world around can respond affirmatively.

Have a great day,

Be a Comeback Genius

I will say upfront my extracurricular activities tend to go more toward books that sports. In fact, my alma mater, the University of Chicago, didn’t even have a football team that was much more than a “club” team.

So for those who know me, you might be surprised that I watched the Super Bowl. Well, I watched and I am VERY glad I did.

What a comeback story – one from which we can learn a lot:

  • Leadership under pressure. How would you react if you were down by more than three touchdowns with only have the game left? Many would give up, but not Brady. He kept going, putting everything on the line, and getting the rest of the team to believe a win was possible.
  • Not letting time be the deciding factor. The Patriots kept going, knowing that there had never been an overtime in a Super Bowl. Well, now there has been.
  • Finding a bit more determination, tenacity, and guts. When it looks like the tides had turned against Brady and the team, they stayed in the game – clearly with their heads and hearts.

There are many other things you can learn about being a comeback genius from Super Bowl LI. Just don’t find them, put them into action in your own life.

Have a great day,

Success Building

Your success and happiness (for that matter) is a result of having others want to help you – and that they care enough to follow through on your behalf.

For someone to invest in you like that, you will need to develop trust, consistency, and reliability. Do these three things and be very, very appreciative and you pave the path for what you want in life.

Of course, help others as part of the way you live.

Enjoy your day,