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You Are Extraordinary! – Identifying Your Special Talents and Abilities

In 1967, Dr. Thomas A. Harris, a practicing psychiatrist in California, wrote a groundbreaking book that was destined to become a best-seller. On its jacket cover, it is described as “a fresh, sensible, increasingly popular approach to the problems that every human being faces every day in his relations with himself and others. Transactional Analysis,” it explains, “is a new break-through, one that confronts the individual with the fact that he is (we all are) responsible for what happens in the future, no matter what has happened in the past.” The title of the book is,  I’M OK — — YOU’RE OK.

I cannot argue with Dr. Thomas’ essential premise. Anyone familiar with my work knows that the principle of self-responsibility lies at the core of my teachings. Yet I do argue with the title of his book (while recognising that it was designed as a catchy slogan, not a descriptor of the author’s beliefs). You are not merely OK. You are extraordinary!

This is another fundamental principle. As we stated in our first session, you have special talents and abilities that you can use to achieve all your goals in life. If you are serious about taking charge of your life, about achieving your goals, about making your life a work of art, you must discover what these special talents and abilities are, and then commit yourself to honing them into a fine, precision instrument.

There are five clues that will help you in this process of self-discovery. When you are engaged in an activity in which you are drawing on your special talents and abilities:

1. You are excellent – not merely good, but excellent – at performing the activity.
2. You find yourself joyful, loving the experience.
3. You are energized, even though, just a few moments earlier, you may have been overworked, stressed, tired.
4. Those around you are likewise energized.
5. You have a desire to continually improve in this area – to settle for nothing short of becoming truly extraordinary. And you work at doing just that – not from a sense of duty or obligation, but from an inner knowing that it is an essential step in achieving your most revered goals.

Most of us have met someone whose life models these characteristics. Perhaps you have even worked with such a person. If so, you are fortunate, for you have witnessed first hand a person who has uncovered one of the keys to a truly fulfilling life. Follow their example.

As with all of the principles that make up The Winning Way Mastermind Mentoring with Ronnie know, it is not knowledge of the principles that will change your life. It is your willingness and your perseverance in applying the principles.

As G. K. Chesterton observed: ”I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act, but I do believe in a fate that falls on men unless they act.”
Take the time to thoughtfully explore the clues about your own special talents and abilities. Then, commit yourself to a life of continuous improvement in these critical areas. You will find this investment of time and energy will yield rewards far greater than anything you might imagine.
Have a wonderful and productive month!

The purpose of this newsletter is to help focus your attention on those areas of your life upon which we will work during our time together. This act of observing – focusing upon – these critical life elements ensures maximum return on your investment of time and energy.

What one action will you commit to take as a result of this newsletter?

How will you follow through on this commitment?

If so, what benefit(s) do you intend to realize as a result of this action?

If you do not follow through, what consequences will you encounter and what will that ultimately land up costing you?

When will you complete this action?

Congratulations on your decision to continue in this year-long The Winning Way in Business process. I commend your high level of commitment and promise to do my utmost to support your growth. If you feel that anyone you know of could benefit by receiving motivational information like this – which is a part of our newsletter please get them to log onto http://www.WinningWay.com.au  and they shall receive a free ebook as well as a copy of the ongoing monthly newsletter.

Kind regards,

Ronnie Kagan


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