How tragic is it to watch the Potential of people unleashed? It is even more painful to see people with an unleashed potential living. There are natural endowments in every man that enables him to fulfill the purpose and dreams he has in mind. These are called “Potentials”. Only a few people on Earth can live their Potential to the fullest. They only find out a fiber of their gifts, abilities, and capabilities while others will never live to discover their true self till they die.
Potentials are inherent. Every man has a hidden treasure in himself, which is why there are instincts to dream that are pervasive in children. This preoccupation with ideas and imagination in you is a piece of evidence that you have the capacity and ability to conceive visions and aspirations that extend beyond your present reality.
Will you allow your Potential to die away, or would you maximize them to impart and change your world? You are still reading this article because you want to optimize your Potential. So here is my advice; “you should make sure you read to the end because you are about to discover one of life’s greatest secrets.”
Why Maximize Your Potential.
Potentials scream out for release from every human born into or who lives on this planet earth. And failure to maximize your Potential, to go beyond the expectations of others, to express yourself fully, to live up to your true potential, to extend yourself to the limit of your abilities, to give it all you have, to satisfy your convictions will lead to the tragedy of life.
Who knows? Some people look up to you, and when you fail yourself, you have failed them. In other words, if they take you as their role model in life and you end up not maximizing your potential to fulfill your dreams, it may lead to the end of theirs too. You should put in your very best to Maximize your Potential.
Would you rather fail those who look up to you, or will you maximize your potential to encourage them?
How to Become Your Potential.
How can you become your Potential? What steps do you need to follow to maximize your Potential?
- Know your Potential.
Every man on the planet earth is born with a different natural endowment: Potential. And for that reason, everyone has his unique way of living and fulfilling his purpose. Without you first discovering your Potential, there is no way you can live your purpose to your satisfaction.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself; what am I capable of doing? What do I find joy doing? Can I make any meaning from what I am doing? If yes, What is the effect? Can I affect the lives of people positively with it? And so on.
Asking yourself questions will lead you to know your Potential, the area you need to develop, and what you need to put in order.
- Cultivate and Feed your Potential.
After you have discovered your Potential, the first thing to do is to cultivate and feed your Potential. It is not enough to learn it, and it is one thing to know it, and it is another thing to grow it.
What are the things you have to get to strengthen your Potential? What and what is expected of me to be an expert in this field? What is required of me in my present reality? These are the questions you should ask yourself if you want to become your Potential.
Remember, you can not grow your Potential above your current knowledge. And also, look for the right environment (the right people) because not all Potential can survive anywhere.
- Share your Potential.
Sharing your Potential with others strengthens you. It helps you develop and grow it to its fullness (if you share it with the right people). It has to cultivate a more substantial fence against odds that may arise in the future. An adage says, “If you want to go fast, go all by yourself. But if you want to go far, you should go with others”. That is true, but you have to be careful with who you share your Potential with.
Many people have abandoned their Potential because of the kind of people they share it with. Not everyone you share your Potential with will propel you to accomplishing and developing your Potential.
- Guard and Protect your Potential.
Your ability is your Potential, and your Potential is your responsibility. No one will guard and protect it for you. Your Potential lies on your shoulders, so you should learn to defend and save it. If not, it will die out.
Many potentials die because they were not used to their fullness because of the owners’ inability to guard and protect them. To safeguard and protect it will require you to regulate the kind of words that enter your heart; you must be deliberate about what you hear and the environment you stay in.
Some people share their Potential with others, but the environment they live in the kind of people they surround themselves with makes it go away. It is not enough to have potential, and it is not enough to share it. You have to learn to guard and protect it too.
Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
The Enemies of Your Potential.
Many individuals are aware of their abilities and Potential, but they have become frustrated and disillusioned by either the fear of past failures or the negative influence of others. Some people abandoned theirs, maybe because of the fear of the rumors they have heard from others.
Fear is the greatest enemy of your Potential. Fear of success comes with tremendous responsibility, fear of failure, fear of opposition, and the fear of bad news that may lead to the death of their loved ones. Fear limits you and makes you procrastinate. It makes you see distractions, and it makes you lazy. You should build a strong fence around your heart so you can resist all unfavorable odds.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
It would help if you never fell victim to comparing yourself with others. The only person you should compare yourself to is you, your past, and your present reality. You can be limited by this enemy called comparison, and it can make you trapped in one place as in, you become fulfilled when you are at the top of the whom you are comparing yourself with whereas there is more to achieve. Resist it and shun it at all costs.
To maximize your Potential, you must accept that you are original, unique, and irreplaceable. You should think as if you are the only best man for the job. No, you, no one, and you should know there is no comparison.
To live below our known, true Potential is mediocrity. Once you find satisfaction with your present reality and refuse to grow beyond it when you must do so, you embrace mediocrity. You cannot unleash your Potential to its maximum when you are satisfied with your present one. You have to move from version 1.0 to version 2.0 or a higher version. And this only happens when you find dissatisfaction with the present one. You have to break out of your comfort zone to develop your Potential. Give yourself to work; it helps to unlock your Potential.
To fulfill your purpose in life, you have developed your Potential through work. There is no substitute for hard work. You should not give yourself to mediocrity. Dr. Myles Munroe said; “You should push beyond the limit. Nothing’s more irritating, guilt-producing, and incriminating than an unfinished book; live to your last chapter.”