Your Success Thought for the Week of January 31, 2007

February is upon us. To some, this means yet one more month of frigid winter; others will watch closely for signs of an early spring, while the rest of us turn to thoughts of romance. As if we need help, we are reminded of the art of romance each time we open a magazine or drive by a billboard smothered with brilliantly-colored flowers and red hearts.

Before you get carried away with the commercialism of romance, let’s look at the practical side. It’s fun. It makes you feel good. It makes those whom you care about feel good. It allows your creativity and thoughtfulness to shine. Yes, it takes thought (and in many cases, preparation) but the rewards are well worth your effort. Everyone wins.

Why would I write a ‘success thought’ geared to corporate and business professionals focused on romance? Because, whether you have time for it or not, think it’s silly or not, romance is a large part of your world. Ignoring it solves nothing. The happier you are in your personal life, the more successful you’ll be professionally. This is a fact.

One book recently caught my eye in this area. A Practical Handbook for the Boyfriend was co-written by actress Felicity Huffman who has been married to William H. Macy for nine years. While I’ve never watched Desperate Housewives, this book seems to focus on the more no-nonsense side of Huffman. And, maintaining a long term marriage when both participants are celebrities takes focus and attention to detail. As pointed out in the current People Magazine, this book discusses details that many men (and women) overlook as time marches on in the relationship such as:

  • Stay a boyfriend—keep things intriguing, put thought into what you do together just like when you were dating, still be excited about what she wears and says.
  • Little things count—think, just think. Before eating the entire box of Junior Mints, offer some to her. Before taking your dishes to the sink, ask to take hers. Volunteer to cook dinner.
  • Girls love PDA’s—in fact they are often hungry for public displays of affection. Some men think that they lose their image of masculinity with PDA’s. Not so.
  • Your call is important—you score major points by calling two or three times a day for no other reason than to let her know that you’re thinking of her.

Romance can take place in other ways than between two individuals madly in love. You can feel romantic when planning a dinner party, decorating a room, writing a letter to a friend, stopping to pick up a bouquet of flowers on the way to work to brighten the office. Think of how your heart practically bursts open at the sight of a stunning sunset, sunrise or work of art.

My hope for you this coming month is to open your heart and allow the warmth of romance to flow into your thoughts and actions often. Make it easy, simple and sincere. You may be surprised by the astounding results you create for yourself as well as those around you.

Have a great week and enjoy your discoveries!


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Ann Golden Eglé, MCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC

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