Your Success Thought for the Week of June 7, 2006

There are times in everyone’s life when you realize that you are not only good, but great at being you. It doesn’t matter if you are married, single, a parent, a friend, a corporate leader or dock worker. There is only one you. While you mess it up royally from time to time, there are times when you excel. You're unstoppable!

A well-lived life contains many experiences when this realization becomes very clear. The phrase I love hearing clients say is “Damn, I’m good!”

Realizing just how great you are may come as a ‘moment in time’ to be reflected upon for years to come. Instances of this are: the completion of a phenomenal piece of art, an outstanding presentation, negotiation, decision, bold move - truly making a difference in yours or another person’s life.

Sadly, recognizing your greatness could also merely be a passing thought to be instantly replaced with thoughts of some improvement you should make. Because of the way you were raised, you were likely taught to focus on what you do that’s wrong - ‘You learn from your mistakes.’

Though we do learn from our mistakes, we can learn even more by acknowledging our strengths and building upon them! What you think about becomes your reality. Would you rather create a reality around what you do wrong or what you do right?

Think about any great athlete. Do they enter their game with feelings of doubts, fears, assumptions or projections? Those preoccupations get them nowhere. Greatness is created by continually focusing upon that at which you are really, really good today and what strengths or traits you want to enhance tomorrow.

This week, prepare an inventory of that at which you are great. Ask others to help. Think back to when you felt the best about yourself. It doesn’t matter what others thought, just what you thought. You know yourself better than anyone else possibly can. Did you allow these times to go by without stopping to say “I so Rock?”

Use the word ‘period’ freely and often in this exercise. For example, the statement “I am great at problem solving, period” has a lot more meaning than “I am great at problem solving in this one area, but in others _____.” If you degrade yourself by continuing the sentence after the word ‘period,’ it defeats the purpose of realizing your greatness.

You can realize your greatness without becoming arrogant. This is your week to stand up and be counted for the amazing individual you are. Recognize your unique greatness and celebrate it.

Enjoy your discoveries and have an stimulating week.


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

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