Realize your potential

You have to realize your potential before you can realize your potential.

re·al·ize [verb]

Become fully aware of (something) as a fact; understand clearly.

Cause (something desired or anticipated) to happen.

po·ten·tial [adjective]

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.

The most common thread I see in people I talk to every day is that they don’t realize their potential. If someone doesn’t realize their potential they will never realize their potential. If someone doesn’t know how much they are actually capable of they will never make the most of that capability.

“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion” - Michael Jordan.

Most people think they can do less than they actually can. They impose false limits on themselves that end up limiting what they actually do. Most people can do far more than they know. The actual limit to what we can do is rarely the limit to what we can do, what we think we can do (which is usually much less) is usually what limits us.

And here is the thing, the actual limit is not static. A person’s actual limit today can be lower than their actual limit next week or next month. As we keep learning and growing our actual limit keeps getting higher.

I suggest next time you think you can only do “X”, increase it by a third and tell yourself that’s what you can actually do. Then next week add another third to the new “X” limit and tell yourself that that is actually what you can do. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised by how much you end up actually being able to do.

“Things don’t happen, things are made to happen” - John F Kennedy.

Removing your self imposed lower limits won’t magically just make things happen. You will have to try “X” plus one third harder than you were before, you have to do “X” plus one third more than you did before, and you have to try “X” plus one third more times than you did before. You will have to work more to do more. But the reward is when you achieve more you get more in return.

My challenge to you now is to stop having self imposed limits and realize you are capable of so much more - and then go out and do so much more!

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