Realizing potential within ourselves, seeing the potential in others. What exactly is potential? Look up the word potential and you get- “having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future; latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness; (and my favorite when associated with physics) the quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field or of charge in an electric field.” Potential is many things and one of the same. Potential is simply greatness within each and every one of us that is unbirthed. So what are some ways for you to tap into your potential so that others will see your greatness manifested?
Ask yourself, “What do I want?” This question may be multifaceted but until you realize what it is that you want out of any situation, whether it is a relationship, career, school, or life in general, you really cannot tap into your true potential. Clarity on what it is that you want and the level of your desire, resolution toward, or opinions about will help you uncover your unbirthed greatness.
Do you have aspirations to be a manager or leader in your company? On the school newspaper? PTA President? A greater contributor to your community? Until you know what it is that you want, you cannot takes steps to get there. Think about it this way. In a job interview, others are looking at your potential to be able to perform the job that the company seeks to fill. They are also looking at the potential for you to fit in or to add value to the organization. The interviewers have defined what they want and are looking to see if they can identify through what you say and your experience that you have potential to fit the bill.
When you define what it is you want, you can tap into action.
Take meaningful action. Once you define what it is you want, you have a directional path. This is not a pre-defined path, your greatness defines the path, custom to you. Your potential is unlike that of anyone else. Your potential is unique to the design you give to it. You are the architect of your greatness. Take steps to be a better father, more attentive spouse, energetic learner, or valuable employee. Your actions design your greatness. Your potential is infinite and will shape-shift, defying all rules of physics. That is why I appreciate the definition of potential as associated with the laws of physics, “the quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field or of charge in an electric field.” If you envision your potential as a mass of energy within you that has no end, you can create a picture in your mind of your potential as you take action.
As you take steps to be a better, more productive, attentive… person, spouse, employee…imagine this wild ball of swirling energy that has no beginning or end, coming out of you- while still in you. No matter how many actions you take and how much energy comes out, it is always connected to the mass within you. As you bring forth greatness from the potential within, the infinite supply of potential still exists.
Design greatness through your desires to expose your potential.
Be proud. Pride does not have to be thought of as boastful or negative. When we exude greatness, when we release our potential, we should be proud! The feeling from a job done exceptionally well is an awesome one. Be proud of your design and what you have given birth to! Just like any proud parent, when you have delivered greatness, it is hard to contain how you feel; so be proud!
I believe we get hung up on how people might perceive us. Don’t worry about that. Just focus on what you want and then dig deep to determine some meaningful action to achieve what you want. When people notice, be proud- you are on the right track!
Realize that nobody else is your business. You are the architect of your greatness. Don’t compare yourself to others. They have their own potential. They have potential unique to them. Never look at what others have and you do not. The focus on lack will inhibit the realization of your potential. It’s in you…… you just need to take some steps to bring it forth!
When you focus on just you, regardless of anyone else, it is not anymore selfish than brushing your own teeth. Do you brush your co-worker’s teeth? No, so why would you care about what they have or do not have? Focus on what you want that will bring forth greatness and build a better world for yourself and others.
So, great architect….. What are you going to design today?!
Jolene holds Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and is a certified master success coach. Jolene's writing is continually inspired by the challenges that her clients are facing. She finds constant inspiration in the world around her and is profoundly honored to be living her purpose helping others turn impossible into possible.