Understanding Your Potential - Discovering the hidden you
How much do I want to read more? 9/10
This book is a really nice surprise. Encouraging to bring the gift we all have to the world.
Easy and nice to read. There are lots of repetition, but it still feels good to read great things over and over again.
We are a sum total of what we have learned from all who have taught us, both great and small.
Foreword - Jerry Horner
People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the over- whelming majority who have no notion of what happens.
Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.
Some people are thermometers. Other people are thermostats. Instead of allowing their environment to control them, they determine the envi- ronment.
In Shakespeare’s Othello, Iago said of Desdemona, “She counts it a vice in her virtue not to do more than she is asked to do.”
success is making the most of our abilities and possibilities.
The wealthiest spot on this planet:
Graveyard: dreams that never came to pass, songs that were never sung, books that were never written, paintings that never filled a canvas, ideas that were never shared, visions that never became reality, inventions that were never designed, plans that never went beyond the drawing board of the mind, and purposes that were never fulfilled.
Our graveyards are filled with potential that remained poten- tial. What a tragedy!
As I walk the streets of our cities, my heart frequently weeps as I encounter and observe the wasted, broken, disoriented lives. Their lives are aimless, their decisions haphazard. This enormous tragedy saddens me. What could have been has become what should have been.
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- How much potential do I have?
- What am I capable of doing?
- By what criteria should I measure my ability? Who sets the standards?
- By what process can I maximize my ability? What are my limitations?
You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you.
You are more than what you have done.
one man’s junk is another man’s jewel.
Abraham Lincoln. His story is one of the most dramatic examples of a man struggling to release the wealth of poten- tial locked up inside him:
- He lost his job in 1832.
- He was elected to the legislature in 1834.
- He suffered the death of his sweetheart in 1834.
- He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836.
- He was defeated for speaker of the State Legislature in 1838. He was defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843.
- He was elected to Congress in 1846.
- He was rejected for the position of land officer in 1849.
- He was defeated for the Senate in 1854.
- He was defeated for the nomination for vice president of the United States in 1856.
- He again was defeated for the Senate in 1858.
- He was elected president of the United States in 1860.
Everything in life was created with potential and possesses the potential principle. In every seed there is a tree…in every bird a flock…in every fish a school…in every sheep a flock… in every cow a herd…in every boy a man…in every girl a woman…in every nation a generation.
Tragedy strikes when a tree dies in a seed, a man in a boy, a woman in a girl, an idea in a mind. For untold millions, visions die unseen, songs die unsung, plans die unexecuted and futures die buried in the past. The problems of our world go unanswered because poten- tial remains buried.
We are responsible for the potential stored within us.
Refuse to be satisfied with your last accomplishment, because potential never has a retirement plan.
CHAPTER 1 - Everything in Life Has Potential
Potential is…dormant ability…reserved power…untapped strength… unused success…hidden talents…capped capability.
All you can be but have not yet become…all you can do but have not yet done…how far you can reach but have not yet reached…what you can accomplish but have not yet accomplished. Potential is unexposed ability and latent power.
what you have done is no longer your potential.
unless you do something beyond what you have done, you will never grow or experience your full potential.
Potential demands that you never settle for what you have accomplished.
One of the great enemies of your potential is success.
THE POTENTIAL PRINCIPLE
If I held a seed in my hand and asked you, “What do I have in my hand?” what would you say?
if you understand the nature of a seed, The truth is I hold a forest in my hand. in every seed there is a tree, and in every tree there is fruit or flowers with seeds in them.
what you see is not all there is. That is potential. Not what is, but what could be.
God created everything with potential, including you. He placed the seed of each thing within itself and planted within each person or thing He created the ability to be much more than it is at any one moment. Thus, everything in life has potential.
NOTHING IS INSTANT
People think miracles are instant, but they really are not. It's a process.
DON’T SETTLE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE
Potential is always present, waiting to be exposed. It demands that you never settle for what you have accomplished.
You are not yet what you are supposed to be.
Don’t accept your present state in life as final, because it is just that, a state.
there are many accomplishments yet to be perfected.
you should not be the same person next year that you are this year.
There are many selves within you that lie dormant, untapped and unused.
The minute we begin to settle down and be satisfied with what we have, we lose the possibility of revealing what is really inside us.
Suppose Shakespeare had died before he wrote his poems and plays;
Suppose Michelangelo had died before he painted the Sistine Chapel or DaVinci the Mona Lisa;
Suppose Mozart had died with all that music in his bosom.
Suppose Moses had died before he saw the burning bush;
Paul before he met Jesus on the Damascus Road;
Abraham before Isaac was born;
Suppose Martin Luther had died without writing the thesis;
Can you imagine how many solutions to the problems we face today are buried with someone you knew?
DON’T DIE WITH MY THINGS!
What would the world have lost if you had not been born? What will the world lack because you fail to live out your potential? Will you carry songs, books, inventions, cures, or discoveries to your grave?
To die with ability is irresponsible.
Perhaps you are wasting your life doing nothing with all you have.
God packaged some things in you for the good of the world—use them.
We will never know the wealth God planted in you until you bring it up.
If you want to succeed, strike out on new paths. Don’t travel the worn paths of accepted success.
No man can climb beyond the limitations of his own belief.
Every day sends to the grave obscure men and women whom fear prevented from realizing their true and full potential.
Failure is not the absence of success. Failure is the neglect of trying.
What you see is not all there is. There is something in everything.
- God created everything with potential.
- Nothing in life is instant.
- Everything in life has the potential to fulfill its purpose.
- Don’t be satisfied with what you now are.
- Don’t die without using your full potential.
- The greatest threat to progress is your last successful accomplishment.