We all have dreams we’ve yet to achieve. We all have unfulfilled potential waiting to be exercised. It’s part of what it means to be human. Until the day we die there will always be something more we can achieve if we want to and choose to! But we don’t always achieve everything we could. We all live with regrets, because there are three things that can happen with that the latent potential within us?
1. Arrogance and distraction – This occurs when we know what we can achieve We understand what are truly capable of. We have masses of self-belief, but…we stop trying. We stop putting in the hard work and effort to be all we can be because we believe it is our God given destiny. We believe we don’t need to try, because we’re talented and it’s our right to achieve it. It is our place to be top. So we just get distracted by other easy things, the trappings of success and we forget that success requires continual hard work. We get lazy. Which means we never really fulfil our potential.
2. Fear and inaction – This is when we have an idea of what we could achieve and a real dream we long to rise to, but we are too scared of failure to go for it. Too scared of what others may think. Too scared of looking stupid to get out of our comfort zone and take the risk.
3. Acceptance and action – This is when we are determined to be all we can be and we realise what it takes to be successful. We understand the cost. We know that it requires commitment and hard work, but we are not
afraid to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in. We are not afraid to fail.
As Rudyard Kipling put it ‘If you can make one heap of all your winnings. And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss. And lose, and start again at your beginnings. And never breath a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew, to serve your turn long after they are gone. And so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on’….Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it’.
Which group are you in? I’ve been in all three, but now, today, I’m determined to be in group three!