Too many people today needlessly suffer from comparing themselves to other people
and seeing their skills in action tends to make them focus on their
own lack of skills. They are quick to sell themselves short or to
downplay their own skills or genius. Yes, I said genius.
For at least the last decade I have
been challenging people to unleash their own genius
and apply the creativity inside of them to building and creating a
better life, a more productive career, a more profitable or well run
organization. In fact one of the programs I conducted in
Vladivostok, Russian Far East was on Creativity.
I just finished reading a book from
the creative mind of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer on
The Power of Intention which touched on this area in
Chapter 14. I decided I would draw from it and whet your appetite
for August. Pick it up and make it a must read and, more
importantly, a must apply book before the fall.
Wayne quoted Dr. David Hawkins
from Power vs. Force: "Until one acknowledges the
genius within oneself, one will have great difficulty recognizing it
You have the power of
genius inside of you... and you have the key to unlock it and
unleash it in a world that so desperately needs it, and you!
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer's ten step
program for putting this into reality: "It is my intention
to: appreciate and express the genius that I am."
Step 1: Declare
yourself to be a genius.
Step 2: Make a
decision to listen more carefully to your inner insights, no matter
how small or insignificant you may have previously judged them to
Step 3: Take
constructive action toward implementing your inner intuitive
Step 4: Know that any
and all thoughts that you have regarding your own skills, interests,
and inclinations are valid.
Step 5: Remind
yourself that aligning with spiritual energy is how you will find
and convey the genius within you.
Step 6: Practical
Step 7: Remove
resistence to actualizing your genius.
Step 8: Look for the
genius in others.
Step 9: Simplify your
Step 10: Remain humble while
staying in a state of gratitude.
He ends this particular chapter with a quote from
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "To believe in your own thoughts, to
believe what is true for you in your private heart of hearts is true
for all men (and women) - that is genius."
The above was excerpted from The Power of
Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
I have seen people in acts of
creation, of genius if you will, who have no idea of their own
brilliance... and often, when I point it out, they will downplay
STOP downplaying your gifts,
your skills, and your brilliance. Shine forth and be a
mirror to the world so they too may begin to shine. I realize I am
preaching to myself at this point as well.
Until next month.
PS: I had the privilege of opening
in Vancouver, BC for Dr. Wayne early in my career
as a speaker. I got a call from a client who was sponsoring his
event the night before asking me to step in when the speaker from
Toronto was unable to come. He was very gracious when we met and
later in the day had some very encouraging remarks on my
performance. His wisdom and kindness made a positive impact on
And, as well one of the audience
member's husband was looking for a host for a 3 day program later
that spring which I did. I also did a follow up program in Cancun
that next December. You never know when you shine where your light
will lead you.