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Personal Values VS Corporate Values

January 11, 2010 2 comments

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I make a distinction between Personal Values and Corporate Values.

Personal Values
Although we have very little control over nature’s behaviour, we can control our own. Our choices in two areas are relevant here. One is how we choose to be – the values by which we lead our lives – and the second is what we choose to do.

Answering the questions, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” lead us toward clarity about how we choose to be. So long as our choice flows from our inner knowing, it will be aligned with our Personal Vision, and we are on the right path.

You can ask this question: “In leading a life based on these values, am I moving toward or away from being the kind of person who I want to be?” Read more…

You Are Extraordinary! – Identifying Your Special Talents and Abilities

December 16, 2009 2 comments

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: Read more…