Winner Takes All: Exceptional People Teach Us How to Find Career and Personal Success in the 21st Century

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rather than drop it and go on to a new project. Qualities are like a muscle, they strengthen with use.


Step #5

Start visualizing yourself using your qualities as your new ground of being. Visualizing means to close your eyes, preferably in some quiet place where you won't be disturbed, and see the scene you've chosen unfold in your mind. Another description of visualizing, in the context of this book, might be "purposeful daydreaming." For example, pick one or two of your qualities, close your eyes, and now see yourself going through an average day deliberately using those qualities. See how they work -- or don't work, in which case just pick a different quality to work with. You're mentally rehearsing using your qualities, which again, makes them stronger.

Visualize using different qualities from your list. Then visualize using various qualities in all sorts of different situations. This exercise, done over time, will open your mind to the value your qualities have, and to the many possible uses for your qualities that you hadn't thought of before.

Your ground of being is your foundation. It's what allows you to take off. Where to? Into a Future pulled by a Dream. For Dreams are the stuff of which, surprisingly enough, reality is made.


NOTES
1.
Tom Callahan, "I Consider Chipmunks Therapy", U.S. News & World Report, August 26/September 2, 1991, pp. 86-87.
2.
Lindsey M. Arent, "Amid Daily Struggle, a Focus on the Future", Los Angeles Times, August 16, 1998, Metro B3.
3.
"Just Rewards" People Magazine, August 17, 1998, p. 89.
4.
Elizabeth McNeil, "Man of Steel", People Magazine, May 11, 1998, pp. 215-222.
5.
Christina Cheakalos, Johnny Dodd, "Higher Purpose", People Magazine, May 11, 1998, pp. 60-62.
6.
Jeffrey Kluger, "Back to the Future", Time Magazine, August 17, 1998, pp. 41-50.

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