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Thought for the Week
Your Success Thought for the Week of February 24, 2010
Claim The Gold

I have a high school reunion coming up this year.  As I speak with people who've not come across my mind for years, I am saddened to learn of lost dreams. 


Many 'most likely to succeed' haven't.  Marriages have ended; businesses have closed; untimely deaths have occurred.  Life hasn't turned out as planned.


I hear statements like, "Why didn't I build up the courage to ask this person out; to pursue my dreams of _____; to move away to _____; to study _____? 


We were young and naive. That was our role as high school kids.  Yet, we were also bold and courageous in our thinking.  Our dreams were larger than life. 


What stood in the way of claiming our gigantic gold visions of how we wanted our life to turn out?  We did.  We made choices to not 'claim' what we wanted.


One of my greatest rewards as a 'Success Coach' is in watching clients go from the 'what if' stage to stepping out and actually claiming what they want. 


Sometimes we need someone

who believes in us more than we believe in ourselves,

like a coach, mentor or strong spouse to prod us

so we can move forward to

claim what we want in life.


Client 'A' for example watched those around her get promoted year after year before we met. She thought it was because they held higher educational degrees than she, though her experience and knowledge in her field was unmatched. 


Why didn't she advance?  She simply had not 'claimed' that she wanted a higher level position.  Everyone thought 'A' was happy and fulfilled, but she was slowing dying inside, growing more angry with each peer promotion. 


Client 'B's' claim was in the area of money.  His belief system prevented him from asking for a raise because in his family, money represented greediness.  


At the same time, he felt unmotivated to perform as others around him were paid higher salaries.  Once we shifted his vision to claiming a higher salary matched with more intriguing work, he was on fire and a much more valuable employee.


Life is short.  The only one holding you back in most cases is you.  You cannot expect those around you to know what you want, what makes you feel fulfilled, happy, motivated unless you tell them. 


Once you claim your gold (what you truly want,) then you can make an action plan to attain it.  Until then, it's just a passing thought that can lead to a downward spiral and unfulfilled dreams.


Go out and find something to claim this week, something large or small that has been lingering in the back of your mind. You'll be amazed with what this simple act does for your confidence and self esteem.

If you are challenged with this concept of 'claiming what you want,' begin with taking small steps.  Hire one of our coaches to guide you.  At GV&A, we have a variety of skilled, talented, certified coaches to serve you.  It can be fun and easier than you think to attain the success you are after.

Enjoy your discoveries and have a 'great' week.


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