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7 Steps to Reaching Your Potential

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2011  Mental Health humor Little Tommy could never REACH his Potential

Sign: {Potential}

Tommy: {{trying to reach sign}}

Title: Little Tommy Could never reach his Potential.

I was reading a post the other day by Jonathan Cunningham, a Guest Blogger for PickTheBrain. The post was entitled, 7 Concrete Steps to Reach Your Full Potential. I thought it would go well with my cartoon today. I did not feel comfortable copying all of his post, so you can check it out with the link below.

I will just quote his subtitles and use all the free public domain quotes.

#1. Reflect on your life.

“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined” ~Henry James~

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~Lao Tzu~

#2. Become an Optimist.

“You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sail” ~unknown~

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” ~Oscar Wilde~

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas Edison~

#3. Set a Goal.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline” ~Napoleon Hill~

“The more you dream, the farther you get.” ~Michael Phelps~

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ~Andrew Carnegie~

“Long-range goals keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.” ~James Cash Penney~

#4. Define who your role models are.

“People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves.” ~Tyrone Edwards~

“The single most important influence in the life of a person is another person … who is worthy of emulation.” ~Paul Shafer~

#5. Be Grateful!

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.” ~Ralph Marston~

#6. Become a life long learner.

“All the information you need to succeed already exist; the only problem is you’re not exposing yourself to it.” ~Jim Rohn~

“There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.” ~unknown~

#7. Embrace change!

“One does not discover new lands without losing sight of the shore.” ~unknown~

“An important guideline for effective individual growth is open-mindedness. A willingness and eagerness to consider new information, new viewpoints, new ideas, and new possibilities is essential.” ~F. David~

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain~

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7 Steps to Reaching Your Potential

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2011). 7 Steps to Reaching Your Potential. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 27, 2020, from


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