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Thought for the Week
Your Success Thought for the Week of June 9, 2010
Claim Being Really Good At Something

Singer and guitar sensation Keith Urban tells a humorous story about discovering how important his guitar was to him as a young teen. His parents took his guitar away for two weeks as a punishment for his acting out.  At first he chuckled, thinking it was no big deal.  Yet he soon found himself on a bus to a downtown music store where he played their guitar all afternoon.


Hearing himself play in a different setting than the privacy of his bedroom and receiving immediate feedback from those who circled around to hear him play was an out-of-body experience.  He always liked to play the guitar for himself. Maybe he was really good at it. 


This was the beginning to Urban discovering that he was not only really good at playing his guitar, singing and writing music, it was his calling. "We're all connected.  When you stand on stage and see thousands of people who would not otherwise talk to each other dancing and singing the same words for two hours it's sensational.  It's a great calling to have."


It's easy for us to overlook what we are really good at as it often comes naturally to us.  Urban's guitar prowess came so naturally that he didn't think he'd miss it when it was gone.


It is one thing to begin to realize that you're really good at something, quite another when you actually claim it.  Here's the difference:


Realize:  I may realize that I am good at reading people, seeing where they are more talented and greater than they think, and also where they need to improve, and how to do so. This is simply information.


Claim:  If I claim that I am really good at reading people, if only to myself, something almost magical happens.  It becomes a part of me, something that I want to test, experience, explore and improve.  Hours turn into minutes. It is fun, liberating, stimulating. I suspect this is what happened with Urban after his music store experience.


As you process this thought of claiming what you are really good at this week, here are some examples to consider. Ask yourself: "If I am really good in this area, how can 'claiming it' elevate me to a deeper, richer experience?"


Leadership           Sales         Marketing       Negotiation           Communicating

Compassion         Listening    Writing           Public Speaking    Parenting

Being a Partner     Music        Tennis           Golf                      Motivating People

Explaining Complicated Issues                     Bringing People to Consensus

Creating a Cohesive Team


Once you claim what you are really good at, find a way to bring more of it into your world.  Claim that promotion, new project or presentation.  Get creative; be confident; ask for feedback.


Celebrate what you are already good at today and becoming better at day by day.  If you don't claim it, perhaps you'll simply be the same or even digress by this next year at this time.  After all, life does get in the way of many things, including your greatness, passion and calling.

If you are challenged with this concept of 'claiming that you are really good at something,' 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 an amazing week.


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