Single Steps Strategies Blog

Overcoming Discouragement from Others

There will always be people in your life who will try to discourage you from working toward your goals. They may have placed expectations on you that don’t align with what you want. If you surround yourself with these people and take what they say to heart, you are letting them control your life. Why let them? You are the only one who knows what you want out of life, what will truly bring you abundance.

How can you overcome discouragement from others? Writer Ximena Vengoechea suggests doing a life audit of the people with whom you spend time. Take a step back and think about who in your life inspires you, supports you, and wants to see you succeed in your goals. Prioritize investing in those relationships and sharing your dreams and goals with them. The more you surround yourself with those who help you grow, the less you’ll hear the naysayers who are trying to bring you down.

Single Steps Strategies is passionate about empowering women like you to pave their way to their own fulfilling futures.

Read Ximena’s blog post to learn more about how to do a full life audit and reframe your vision for your goals by clicking here.

Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Single Steps Strategies, in association with the Musuneggi Financial Group, is proud to be partnering with the South Fayette Student Government for yet another toy drive to benefit Marine Toys for Tots! We are currently accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys sent to our Scott Township office via regular mail or Amazon, or dropped off in person:

The Musuneggi Financial Group 
1910 Cochran Road 
Manor Oak Two, Suite 520 
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
You are then invited to join us at the Musuneggi Financial Group office on December 6th for our annual Holiday Party, featuring live chamber music, festive activities, and delicious treats. We can’t wait to see you there — save the date!
What: Toys for Tots Donation Party
When: Tuesday, December 6th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Where: The Musuneggi Financial Group Office
Details: Toys will be picked up by South Fayette students at 6:00 PM, so make sure to bring all donations to the office before then.

The “No” Bucket List

As the results-oriented women that we are, we understand the importance of the to do list, daily
schedules, annual business plans, goal lists, and the proverbial “bucket list”.

Each of these points us to the accomplishments we want in our lives daily, annually, or for our lifetime.

It seems the “bucket list” is the one most often with the biggest and maybe even the most extreme
goals we have. I have been knocking off my list of things over many years. Traversing the Panama
Canal, ballooning over the desert, seeing Mt. Rushmore, walking on a glacier in Alaska. Ascending to the
top of the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle, the CN Tower, Pikes Peak.
Swimming with Dolphins. Drinking wine at a vineyard in Tuscany. All things I dreamed of doing for years
that finally came to fruition because I focused on them as an important goal.

But I recently read an article that suggested that to be sure to meet your goals, it is even more
important to have a “no” bucket list. This is a list of things you will never do, or never do again, as they
take away from your ability to focus on your goals and focus on those things that give you pleasure in

On my “no” bucket list is, saying no to:

  • Letting someone talk me into buying a car I don’t like
  • Keeping someone in my life who does not treat me well
  • Risking making it to a gas station when the dial is on empty
  • Pretending to be someone other than myself
  • Buying cheap shoes
  • Cutting my own hair
  • Camping in a tent
  • Going shopping on Black Friday
  • Supporting a cause I do not believe in just because someone I know asks me to

Happiness in life depends not only on being able to do what we want to do, sometimes it has to do with
saying “no” to the things that we should not or would not like to do. So, the next time there is a choice
to be made as to what to do, check your bucket list and pick something you would like to do. But, don’t
forget to check your “no” bucket list to be sure you are not doing something that you do not want to do.

Happiness in life can be a matter of remembering to “just say no”.

– Mary Grace Musuneggi