Dear Brian Tracy,
I’ve always believed in going back and thanking the people who’ve had a positive influence on my life.
I went back to my old high school 11 years after I graduated to thank my art teacher for inspiring me to become a graphic designer.
I tracked down an old boss to thank him for being tough on me so I’d push myself harder and learn faster.
On each wedding anniversary I give gratitude to the girlfriends who dragged me out on the night I met my husband-to-be.
Frustratingly, I’ve never been able to track down one special person to whom I owe a huge thanks.
I was twenty four when he entered my life, having a profound influence on my self confidence and inner drive.
He motivated me to drop self-limiting beliefs and create a strong, positive voice in my head.
He taught me the power of goal setting and how to turn my dreams into reality.
But there was a big problem. I didn’t remember his name!
Twenty three years ago my old boss at Capitol Records gave me a series of audio cassette tapes to mail to his brother. Curious, I listened to one and was immediately hooked. I used a tape copying facility at work to make an extra set for myself.
Each day on my long L.A. commute I soaked up every word the man on those tapes said.
Never before had I heard anyone speak about success and how we’re only limited by our own thinking.
I hung on his every word and began writing down goals and creating action plans for making them happen.
Soon afterwards I had the opportunity to move to London. I’m not sure what happened to those tapes but by then the words were ingrained in my psyche. Staying positive and self-motivated remain my greatest strengths.
My life continues to be amazing. I’m now living in Madrid with my wonderful husband and our two great boys.
I have a new website called Project Me, helping others to live a brilliant life. I teach goal setting skills to busy mothers, motivating them to overcome hurdles that stand in the way of their happiness.
The other day something happened that took me by complete surprise.
In the back of a cupboard I found an old dusty shoebox. Inside I discovered the last remaining cassette from my long lost series!
Handwritten across the top:
Brian Tracy / The Psychology of Achievement
Brian Tracy – of course!
How on earth could I have not realised all this time it was you?
Now that the mystery’s been solved I can finally thank you.
I’m grateful your wisdom reached me at the age it did. Many people have to wait until they’re much older to begin to undo old thinking patterns and discover new ways of being.
I was still young enough to use your wisdom to carve out an incredible future, full of adventures and opportunities.
Written goals with plans of action are the essence of my being.
I teach my children to believe that anything is possible and encourage them to write their goals regularly.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
In the comments below, give thanks to someone who’s been a positive influence in your life. Please share with everyone who’s made you a better person.
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