I was challenged to try to recognize my “fullest potential” recently. To see not where I was, but where I could be. As I thought, I began to see that it was difficult for me to picture what my “highest potential” could possibly be. I wasn’t really sure why, I just knew that no matter how hard I tried it wasn’t conceivable for me to wrap my mind around the idea. “Perhaps it’s not a real thing?”, I thought. “Perhaps it’s something that can’t be reached. But it isn’t a bad thing that we can’t get to it.”
You see, potential in itself is relative to how you are. Let me try to explain:
If I want to learn how to play an instrument but have no clue how, my greatest potential at that moment is to basically pick the instrument up and hold in my hands. Now if I begin taking lessons and learning chords my highest potential can now include playing songs! And if I begin writing my own music because I’ve learned how to master an instrument, I could possibly join a band or begin a career as a musician! The sky is the limit at that point. Just like this blog, months ago it’s greatest potential when it first started was to just post one article. Just to put something out there! Now it’s reaching into countries all over the globe. (Image above) Crazy right? But how much more can you do!?
It all funnels around being better than you are right now. That’s where the paradox happens. At each stage of your life the more you learn and the better you become, the more your potential for greatness increases. So it may be something you will never fully reach–BUT THAT’S A GOOD THING…it means you are constantly growing.
Ever heard of the saying, “Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss you may hit a star”? It’s not saying you’ll never reach something you want, it’s saying you’ll always be closer then you were before.
If you take anything away from this, let it be that just because you may never reach your highest potential, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth reaching for. It’s all about being better than you were yesterday.
Share your thoughts!