Your Own Brand of Magic
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"Small wonder that spell means
both a story told, and a formula of power over living men."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Origins", from "On Fairy Stories"
It was winter of 1990, and I was sitting in the office of a
small, dark, cluttered, out of the way Construction Company, talking to
the president and taking notes about his vision for the future.
"Where do you see your company in 5 years?" I asked Phil.
"A lot bigger than we are today" he said. "I see us growing to
be a national company with branches all across the country. I see us
working on the biggest projects in the province with a large team of
engaged, excited people. I see us bidding on and getting projects even
in the States because of our reputation for excellence and our ability
to finish a project under budget and ahead of schedule. We will be a
forward thinking company who stays on the edge of progress, and it will
all be through our people that will determine our growth. They will be
positive, excited and eager to grow."
Struggling to keep up with him as I scribbled his vision on my
notepad, I asked "How do you know this vision will happen."
Wizard-like, he said "It has to happen because that's the way
I see it."
At that I looked up from my notepad into his eyes and saw such
confidence and belief, that I had no doubt about how he felt or what he
was going to make happen.
Today, almost 20 years later, Sunny Corner Mechanical is a
force to be reckoned with in the construction arena. They ARE national,
They ARE working on the biggest projects in the province and some of
them across the country, they HAVE a fantastic team of eager, excited
people, and they ARE continuing to grow.
Is this an accident of progress?
I don't think so.
It's the coming together of a Gandalf-like (spell) vision
casting that was uttered into being by a man who knew what it was to
speak confidently about things yet unseen.
Such confidence is rare in people who are casting visions.
It's rare because they often limit their thinking to possibilities
rather than certainties.
That's what I love about the old wizards of the movies like
Gandalf the Grey in Lord of the Rings, or Dumbledore in the Harry
Potter series, they speak as if anything and everything is possible,
and when they cast their magic spells, it is always with such
confidence that it, as Phil said, "Has to happen".
That's also where you get devoted "followship" from the people
who work with or for you. When they see someone with a vision and the
audacity and confidence to believe that it (what they said but is still
unseen) will happen, and that they are seen as a part of the key to
making it happen, they will move heaven and earth to not let them down
and bring the words that have been cast, into physical being.
Do you sometimes find that the visions you conjure and cast,
that seemed so bright and alive at the moment of conception, just
seemed to fizzle out before taking life?
I can tell you with certainty that in most cases it's not the
vision that was spoken into being that went wrong, the fault lies
within the visioneer and the amount of unbelief they had at that time.
If there is even the smallest inkling of doubt in the mind of
the visioneer that what they want to create will not happen: it won't:
it's the level of confidence in the actions taken or not taken that
blocked the result.
An accomplished visioneer has what I call "a knowing" within
them that permeates their being and provides wizardly assurance and
certainty that what they have thought of and then released into words
in the form of a vision will come to pass. They have more than a mind
picture of their goal; they have a "heart picture" and feel its success
more than they think it, compelling them to speak with unfettered
They just know.
What about you?
What do you want to create in your life or in your business
that has captured your heart and your imagination? Would you like to
taste its success?
Of course you would.
All right, here's what you do, assuming you already have the
picture: To achieve your vision, you must get and stay in action being
certain and knowing that what you want is going to manifest itself. Any
action taken in affirmative belief will ultimately result in success.
You must believe, know and walk in your authority to create success,
and you cannot give up, cave in or quit.
This week, I'm challenging you to be bold in what you create
in your life, and to unleash your own brand of personal magic. Stand at
your own Bridge of Khazad-dum with your own vision clearly in your
heart and soul and declare its existence into the dark confines of
doubt and fear: do not let them pass over with you. State that what you
believe has to be because that is the way you see it, and nothing will
prevail against you.
Make this your most magical week ever!
About the Author
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Business Coach, Managing Partner
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A successful salesperson, speaker and manager,
author of over 350
articles and 3 e-books, Paul Kearley has coached many thousands of
his start in the Personal and Business development business in
1985. From Premiers of provinces
to CEOís, or from
salespeople to students, Paul has assisted them all to create
confidence, improve human relations, deal effectively with stress,
sales and strengthen attitudes.
A Business coach for Dale Carnegie Business
Group, Paul is licensed to
coach in leadership, management, customer relations, personal
public speaking and sales. Paul
worked with numerous companies and organizations from developing
effectiveness with Jacques Whitford Engineering (now Stantec) to
environment where everyone sells, as he did with PEI Credit Unions, to
change stick with The Municipality for the County of Richmond and
Irvingís I.T. team to present more convincingly and with power.
Managing Partner for the Canadian
Maritimes, Paulís responsibilities include creating
a dynamic support team, building an ever-increasing client base,
business coaches and delivering 100% client satisfaction.
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