Your potential really has very little to do what you achieve. More important is how you perceive your potential.
In fact, it might be true how you perceive your potential determines your potential.
And for good or ill, how we perceive our own potential is often dependent upon the perception and psychological quirks of other people.
Maybe you were told as a young person that you have lots of potential.
Or maybe it was worded in a less complimentary, less encouraging way: “You’re not living up to your potential.”
Perhaps you were told something vdifferent from either of those ideas: “You’re worthless. You’ll never amount to anything.”
Chances are you didn’t choose the person (or people) who told you any of those things.
And chances are you did not consciously choose the people around you who currently comment (either explicitly or implicitly) on you potential today.
We are, as a rule, surrounded by people who hold expectations of us, based not on our true potential, but rather on their expectations of how we will express that potential.
The expectations others have of us say more about their own self-image than about the measure of our potential. They either have low expectations of us because that’s how they see themselves, or because of their fear of how we might force them to see themselves.
It’s useful to consciously choose peers who see you at a level of potential you desire to reach, instead of settling for peers who see you limited by their own dysfunction.
Remember: We rise to meet the lowest expectations of our peers.
One of the wisest and richest men of all times opens up the treasures of his wisdom for us in Ecclesiastes. For the past few days I’ve been admiring three of these gems from chapter 11.
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. (Ecclesiastes 11:1-2)
There is one subject more important than any other earthly subject. It involves everyone. And it dictates the lives of billions. But most people overlook it as an academic exercise reserved for the scholastic elite.
Politics deal with life and death on a daily basis. I’m not talking about dictators or genocides. I’m talking about the root of all government power on the earth, democratic included: controlling people by threat of violence.
When I was was growing up, I was taught that a person’s word is their bond, and that “a promise made is a debt unpaid”. These are true and noble thoughts. And sometimes they are dead wrong.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is break your promise.
Today’s post is a Guest Post written by Kevin Monroe. Kevin is a writer, speaker, and coach whose passion is connecting high achievers like you to your higher purpose in life. He is a member of my Regency Mastermind Alliance.
I know you’ll find his Guest Post helpful and wise.
~ Ray Edwards
Admit it…you’ve slipped away from date night, the kid’s soccer game, or family dinner to steal one more check of your email just in case that urgent inquiry or response arrived.
You know, the one confirming the big order you’ve been waiting on. Or the signed contract. The next steps on the project. The response from your boss, client, or co-worker.
While you’re at it, you quickly flit over to check the stats from your latest email blast to see how many opens or clickthroughs there were to that killer email you sent out yesterday. After all, a lot can change since you last checked. Even if it was just 30 minutes ago.