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Ask The Coach: Do I have the talent to suceed?
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QUESTION:  Do I have the talent to succeed in radio?  – Numerous!

That is one of the questions that gets slung in my direction the most?  “Do I have what it takes to succeed?”  I think the answer for everyone is “yes”. It is my personal belief that every person can succeed if they work hard enough and put in the time. That’s not to say that everyone will achieve the same level of success.  They won’t.  It will also be harder for some people than it is for others.  That’s life.  But, if you want something enough and are willing to commit yourself – and be patient – then I believe you can succeed.

Why do I believe that?  Well…

Talent isn’t a gift of nature.  It’s like a muscle.  The more you work the muscle the bigger and stronger it can grow.  Stop working it and it begins to weaken again.  Yes, some people naturally have bigger muscles and greater strength, but everyone can grow their muscles if they work at it.  Talent should be thought of like a muscle.  It takes unimaginable dedication and perseverance, and often personal sacrifice but you can improve performance if you work at it.  You can take a good performance and turn it into something great.  Something spectacular.  If you really want to.

When I talk to people about improving their performance, one thing I recommend is keeping a “Performance Journal”.  I invite talent to capture their dreams in these journals.

The thinking is that if you write your goals down, it is more likely to happen.  Once you write a goal down, you bring it to the attention of your subconscious mind.  Then the Reticular Activating System in your brain brings relevant information to the attention of your conscious mind.  You are bringing the power of your whole mind – both the conscious and subconscious parts – to the achievement of your goals.  Sounds scientific, so it must be true!

Jim Carrey is a believer in this.  His famous story goes something like this…  In the early 1990s when he was a struggling comic trying to make his way in LA, he wrote himself a check for $10 million and dated it Thanksgiving 1995, added the notes “for acting services rendered,” and he carried it in his wallet from that day onward.  Every day it was a physical reminder of what his goal was.  He looked at it every day. Yup, you guessed it! He got the $10 million for his role in Dumb & Dumber in 1995.

The idea with the “Performance Journal” is to physically write down what you want to achieve.  Write down your dreams for the future.  Then each time you make an entry you reflect on your progress.  Are you getting closer to your goals?  What do you need to work on tomorrow to achieve  it?   Writing things down creates clarity.  It keeps you focused on what’s important.  With every entry you make, you add more clarity to what you want, constantly reminding yourself what it is you’re working toward.

Every day I encourage you to make a new entry and re-read your most recent entries.

Oh, and why not just spend a few minutes each day thinking about these things before you drift off to sleep?  And why can’t you capture these notes on your iPhone?  Well, there’s good evidence that the act of writing itself helps us remember things better. So make sure you physically write things down!

Building your talent is a mission.  This technique – the “Performance Journal” – helps you focus on the mission.  Achieve what you dream. You’re worth it.

If you have a question or would like to contact Paul for any reason then you can email kaye.paul@mail.com.  And don’t forget to follow Paul on Twitter @mrpkaye



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