We all want to believe that deep within our souls there is a very special reason we are here, that we have something valuable to contribute to the world, that we have a special purpose, that we are special somehow.
We also have a sense for the kind of life we’d like to live and a desire to find the right kind of work which suits our talents and aspirations. We’d like to believe there’s something more to us than meets the eye.
Yet, for far too many people, those inner promptings and ardent hopes have become detoured by the frustrations and lost opportunities associated with daily living.
Many people have given up on what they thought they could be. Millions have settled for ordinariness. Millions more hold onto their dreams but fail to take the necessary steps to make those dreams real.
Far too many bright, conscientious, talented people get so caught up in material comforts and ego pursuits that they neglect the one thing
that will make them healthy, happy, and whole:
connecting with their extraordinary nature.
It is the deeper part of us that is the seat of our higher functioning, our phenomenal abilities, our incredible uniqueness, our innate brilliance! It is our fantabulous nature, our one-of-a-kindness, our jaw-dropping essence waiting to be released!
We know no matter where you are in life, you want more of the things that you believe will make you happy, healthy, productive, and fulfilled. It doesn’t matter how well you are already doing, or aren’t; how prosperous you already are, or not; how professionally fulfilled you are, or not; how financially stable you are, or aren’t – you have the choice of making the all important connection with the Extraordinary You.
People all over the world have done it. Here are a few snapshots of people who have made the connection, who have gotten in touch with their extraordinary nature:
Sixty-four year old journalist and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad made history Monday, September 2nd, becoming the first person to swim 110 treacherous miles from Havana, Cuba to Florida’s Key West without a shark cage or swim fins. She made the trip in a little under 53 hours.
In 2006 in Tucson, Arizona, Tim Boyle watched in horror as a Chevrolet Camaro hit 18-year-old Kyle Holtrust. The car pinned the teenager, who was still alive, underneath it. Boyle ran to the car and lifted the Camaro off Kyle, while the driver of the car pulled the injured lad to safety.
Think lifting a Camaro is impressive? Six-foot-6-inch, 343-pound John Evans balances cars, motorcycles, washing machines, and beer kegs on his head! The Englishman credits his neck, which is an astonishing 24 inches wide, with allowing him to achieve his balancing acts.
Dean Karnazes ran 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley in the Mojave Desert in temperatures reaching 120 degrees F and a 26 mile marathon to the South Pole in minus 40 degrees F.
Roy Cleveland Sullivan has been struck by lightning seven times – and survived them all. Nicknamed the “Human Lightning Rod,” Sullivan has been struck by lightning more than any other human being.
A Serbian flight attendant, Vesna Vulovic, survived the highest fall from the sky without a parachute. On January 26, 1972 during a flight over what is now called the Czech Republic a bomb planted by terrorists exploded in the baggage compartment of the plane causing the plane to break into pieces. The plane fell 33, 330 feet. Vesna was the only survivor.
One-hundred-and-one-year-old great-great grandfather, Fauja Singh has completed nine competitive 26-mile marathons.
A Chinese man named Chao Lu took just over 24 hours to recite Pi to 67,890 digits without a mistake. That means he said one number every 1.3 seconds for an entire day without hesitating.
Physicist / Engineer Kim Ung-yong has a verified IQ of 210.
We can categorically tell you from our personal experience and from a thorough investigation of the last fifty years of human potential research that when your “ordinary self” (the everyday you) is aligned with your Core Essence (the Extraordinary You) you can meet any human challenge with grace and poise. You can achieve things you thought were impossible. You can most assuredly find the happiness, joy, prosperity, and sense of inner peace you seek.
What Do They All Have in Common (and You Have It Too!)
We have discovered that people who have aligned themselves with their True Self, their Core Essence, have several things in common. They believe that they have an extraordinary potential that can be tapped, a potential that is within them in the form of their Extraordinary Self.
They also have seven core abilities that make it possible for them to connect with their Extraordinary Nature:
- inner strength,
- out-of-the-box thinking,
- internal locus of control,
- innate wisdom,
- a giving consciousness, and
- an optimistic spirit.
The people we mentioned above share these qualities. They connected with their Authentic Selves. The good news is that all of us possesses these qualities. However, most people do not believe in their extraordinariness. They allow these qualities to lie dormant within them.
Moving From Holy Mackerel to Wholly Intentional
We have discovered that there appears to be two routes that people use to access their extraordinary nature. One is called the ‘Holy Mackerel’ route and the other is the ‘Wholly Intentional’ route. Most people, including us, discover the prior route first and then grow into the latter route.
Here’s what we mean. Most of us, like Tim Boyle who lifted the car off of the youngster, accidently discover we have incredible abilities. We have a ‘Holy Mackerel’ moment. Holy Mackerel, I just lifted a car off this boy – or like Vesna Vulovic, Holy Mackerel, I just survived a plane crash – or like Roy Cleveland Sullivan, Holy Mackerel, I just survived being struck by lightning.
Other people, through sheer willpower, discipline, determination, and self-sacrifice discover their extraordinary nature by using the ‘Wholly Intentional’ route. Diana Nyad’s Havana to Key West swim, Dean Karnazes’ Death Valley run, 101-year old Fauja Singh’s marathon runs, and Chao Lu’s Pi recitation all required concentration, conditioning and belief in themselves. All the them religiously worked toward achieving something incredible.
- Recognize that you have a deeper, more transcendent Self.
- Believe in your innate divinity.
- Do not doubt that you are a spiritual being having a human experience.
- Have faith in your incredible uniqueness.
- Use affirmative prayer, positive affirmations, and meditation as the vehicles on your holy route.
- Become aware when you are using one or more of the seven core abilities. Intentionally begin developing each of them.
As you can see, the ‘Wholly Intentional’ route is our route of choice. It’s a much more disciplined, focused, and sane path based on the knowledge that we have an extraordinary nature that’s just waiting to be released.
Who knows, you might even catch yourself saying, “Holy Mackerel, the Wholly Intentional’ route really works!”