September 26, 2022
“The Power of Potential”
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Much of our life’s journey is dedicated to making use of this unexpressed possibility. If we choose to ignore the demands of our potential, we are referred to as an underachiever, breaking the unspoken law of achievement.
Parents want their children to possess and achieve their deepest potential. Teachers speak of students as “possessing so much potential.” Leaders search for the employee/team member with the greatest potential for success. Each of us is said to possess potential. So, what is this nebulous “quality” that is naturally mourned when not “lived up to?”
“Potential is the instinctive understanding that life is a gift and each person living his or her life is experiencing a one-time, unrepeatable event, never to take place in the history of the universe again.” Like the universe, we are either in a state of expansion or contraction at any given time. In order to achieve our fullest potential, we have to be willing to expand our actions beyond our present state of comfort. As the old saying goes, “If you always do what you did, you will always get what you got.” It is our willingness to do things that are unknown and unfamiliar that we experience a new side of ourselves.
Start living the power of potential by expanding your self-expectations and be willing to step outside of what is comfortable in order to experience what is possible.
Source: “The Law of Achievement: Discover Your Purpose, Possibility and Potential” by Kathleen Gage and Lori Giovannoni, Maxwell Publishing, Draper, Utah 2006.