“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” - Wilma Rudolph
There are so many excuses and rationalizations we come up with for not creating a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
We believe that we’re too old and have lost our chance, or we assume we’re too young and don’t have enough experience.
We create a story that we don’t have the right background, or we aren’t attractiveness enough or tall enough or smart enough, or… well you get the point!
The unlimited excuses we can come up can be exhausting!
More importantly, when we let these excuses and limitations lead the way, we stay stuck and unable to build any momentum toward what we really want.
Instead of taking action and bettering ourselves, we will just sit, wait, and hope that things get better.
We will wait for the “perfect” circumstances or that point when we’re finally “ready.”
But guess what? You may never be totally ready. You may never feel completely confident and assured, but that isn’t a reason to hold back and wait.
Growing into your potential requires taking action today and stepping into the role you want to fill now.
There is a story about the historic statue of David create by Michelangelo that can help us realize the natural potential we have within.
As the story goes, there was a man viewing with awe the amazing statue of David. He admired how detailed and lifelike the statue was.
He was amazed that such a perfect sculpture could come from a ponderous block of stone.
He decided he had to find Michelangelo and ask him how he did it!
After finding Michelangelo, the man said, “Michelangelo, how did you take a huge block of stone and create something so lifelike and beautiful?”
Michelangelo replied, “I didn’t create David.”
The man was confused and amused by Michelangelo’s modesty and asked him again.
“How did you create David?”
Michelangelo replied, “I didn’t make David, he was already there. I just had to chip away the stone that was getting in the way. I chipped away what wasn’t David, and he appeared.”
This is how potential works. We are all created to unfold, blossom, and bloom into our best self.
We are meant to express our gifts and grow our virtues.
“When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.” - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Sometimes we just have to get past the surface or layers we are hiding behind.
You may have limitations but it doesn’t mean you can’t start chipping away at the stone.
Underneath all of the stone are your innate wisdom, joy, and happiness.
You are not broken. There is nothing that needs to be “fixed.”
You already have the answers you’re looking for and you have the resources to find these answers.
You are naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and when you accept this you can get out of your own way.
Stop waiting for the right time to create the life you want.
Get yourself out there and create opportunities for your life today.
Practice being at your best and be willing to grow into the best-version-of-yourself!
“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.” ― Brian Tracy
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Last reviewed: 29 Jul 2014