Fulfilling your Potential

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‘Classroom cypher gathers learners to allow for multiple forms of simultaneous participation.’

Understanding & Finding Your Potential People may tell you that you have lots of it … that you are wasting yours … or that you have none. Yet few people really know what potential is. And even fewer realize that discovering your potential allows you to change your fate, redefine your destiny and change your life in the process of developing your potential. Knowing your potential does change your life by helping you understand what you can excel at and who you can become. Knowing that allows you to overcome your fate and make your dreams come true.

Everyone Has Potential … We all have within us the seeds to do great things. But everyone’s potential is different. Some of us are great at telling stories. Others excel at scoring goals, writing rhymes, solving complex math problems, inventing things or growing things. Collectively, we have all the potential we need to create and sustain our world. And on the Island, we think that means a world where every dream can come true. But it takes every blade of grass, every breeze, every insect to make reality not only what it is, but what it could be.

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‘If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.’ – Thomas Edison

Your potential is not limited to just one area of your life … it spills over like a waterfall and pools together with others of like minds and abilities. You not only have career potential, but the potential to be great in love and human relationships. You also have the potential to live a vibrant, healthy life … using wisdom and do amazing work.

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‘Classroom cypher gathers learners to allow for multiple forms of simultaneous participation.’

Your potential is not limited to just one area of your life … it spills over like a waterfall and pools together with others of like minds and abilities. You not only have career potential, but the potential to be great in love and human relationships. You also have the potential to live a vibrant, healthy life … using wisdom and do amazing work.

How Do I Discover My Potential? The answer comes by looking within rather than the world around you. Often it is easiest to discover what we do best by seeing what comes naturally to us and others struggle with. Some of us pick up languages quickly, others just seem to have been born in the saddle or with a silver spoon in their hand. But the only way we know that is by knowing people who are not like us, people who are hopeless at learning a language, riding a horse, or learning how to cook. The things we are intuitively great at that come to us naturally … point to and define our potential. What you are seeking is your greatness … and that can make you feel like you are not being humble enough, are blowing your own horn too loudly … even before you discover what your music is. But our greatness is our gift to the world, what we can contribute to make the world sweet and wonderful and a delight to experience.

What to Look For? The clues about what is possible for you are all around you, in your past and present. As a child, you loved specific activities and things. You dreamed of doing great deeds and living a great life. And those dreams and ambitions hold clues about your potential. And you are still getting clues now … in the things that you love, and the tasks you naturally do well without even trying. What places do you feel drawn to? What kinds of things make your heart beat faster when you think about them? What do you dream about and long to do? The world is full of opportunity, but sometimes too much thinking can get in the way. Here are a few tips to help you change your life for the better.

  1. Remember the gifts you were born with.When you stop to remember what you have instead of worrying about what you don’t have or may not be getting, it changes your perspective for the better.
  2. Start your day the night before.The most successful people I know end their workday by making a list of what they have to do the following day or two ahead. This allows the subconscious to work on things while you sleep.
  3. Be ready to grow up.Adults have the ability to learn to delay gratification, but we also have a choice as to how to behave when things don’t go our way. If you remember to take the high road, you’ll end up where you want to be.
  4. Drop the attitude.If you think the world owes you a living, you might want to revaluate your position. It is quite possible that, by feeling entitled, you are pushing away things and people you might like.
  5. Don’t ignore your emotions but remember that feelings aren’t facts. Emotions need to be honoured—they don’t have to be justified—but just because you have a feeling doesn’t mean that you’re right.
  6. Watch out for negative thinking.Sometimes we get into negative feedback loops and don’t even know it. If thoughts of being helpless and hopeless continue to enter your mind, you might just need to take a nap or perhaps talk with someone who can help.
  7. Set up and stick to a routine.We are creatures of habit, and good habits, such as getting regular exercise, make us feel better. Maintaining good habits also helps us feel that we have some control over our lives. Just do it.
  8. Drop your resentments.We all have them. Whether they are toward our parents, partners, or peers, resentments take up too much psychic space to allow us to function properly. By choosing to drop them, you will make your life much lighter. The hardest part is making the decision to let your resentments go.
  9. Know who you really are and learn to honour yourself.We all fake it from time to time and, occasionally, this can be a good thing, but never compromise your personal values and always strive to be your best self.
  10. Enjoy a part of every day.You can’t always be in bliss-city, so look for those little bright moments that happen all the time but that we often fail to recognize. Make a point of seeing some good in every day, and you will change your life.

Changing your life for the better is about picking a destination and taking one step at a time to get there. If you try to take shortcuts, you may end up making your journey long and arduous. Being serious about making improvements is a great start. Now put it into action.