Have you ever wondered what your fullest potential would be if you reached it?
To achieve the standard you are capable of can be a tricky path. This world offers so many opportunities for us to grow, to learn, to strive for… yet many of us tend to feel as though we might never reach the full potential we know we are capable of. If only we weren’t so distracted, if only there weren’t so many obstacles to overcome. If only it were easier!
The truth is- growing is hard! It takes effort, commitment, and endurance. When we have the desire to grow, that motivates us to do things that many other people wouldn’t dream of doing. So, I guess the first question is… how do we fuel that desire to change?
Desire -a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
(I am aware you already know the meaning of these words, but reading the definition gives a deeper insight into the true work that must be done. I hope it helps you too!)
One thing that I know in my life that promotes the desire to change is hating where I am in my current life or even just hating parts of it. Seeing the laziness, the gluttony, the stagnant state of mind. Wishing I had more energy, more time, more motivation. Craving a better life, better understanding of what my purpose is, and feeling that sense of contentment because I know I am living my best life! When this begins to eat at me long enough, I begin to detest my current situation. This fuels a desire to change, to grow, a desperate urgency to do something, anything to get out from under where I am right this minute!
Change -to make different; alter or modify.
Changing is not an overnight feat. It is a long distance run- soul searching, commitment and endurance is what matters most in this phase! Change takes effort! Lots of it! Did you know that the definition of effort is “a vigorous or determined attempt?” It is not a guarantee that your efforts will be successful! I think this is where the phrase “try, try again” comes from!
Soul-Searching – deep and anxious consideration of one’s emotions and motives or the correctness of a course of action.
Soul-searching is a way that I begin my process of change. I break down the things that I don’t like about my life, things I don’t like about myself, and my current situation. Then, I break that list down into things that I can change, and things I cannot change. I have to give all the things I cannot change to God, and pray about how to move forward in fixing the rest. This gives me a good starting point for setting goals.
Goals -objects of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
Set reachable goals. Set short and long term goals. Give yourself daily tasks to work on… but don’t get upset if you don’t get to it, or if you have to try again the next day to achieve it! Give yourself grace, God does…
When you reach a goal- make a new one! Don’t ever stop adding goals to your list! Cross off the achieved goals and write in a new one! Keep moving, keep growing.
Commitment -the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity.
Once you know what you can change, and have prayed about how to do it in a healthy way, you must dedicate yourself to completing it to the best of your ability! Commitment and endurance go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other.
Endurance -the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
Re-prioritizing your life to set yourself up to achieve that full potential is hard! Sometimes we need to edit our order of priorities several times before we get it right, this is when endurance comes into play. Different seasons of life calls for different priorities- don’t get yourself upset if you need to change them. Changing your order of priorities doesn’t mean you have failed, it only means you are growing enough to recognize when restructuring your life is necessary to pursue your current goals.
There will be days you become tired and exhausted because you are pushing yourself too hard and forgetting to take time to live! This is one of my biggest obstacles to change. Because change is such hard work, we get so focused on growing we then work too hard and forget to chill out… to slow down and smell the roses… we forget that we don’t have to reach our full potential today. In fact, you will never truly reach your full potential because as you grow that potential grows with you! So… why not enjoy the journey? The key is to understand there is no full potential, there is always more to grow… but having goals and setting timelines of achievement are healthy! They motivate us to keep going, keep growing!
Comparison -a consideration or estimate of the similarities or dissimilarities between two things or people.
Don’t get stuck in the comparison rut! God gives us different talents and gifts for a reason! Comparing yourself to others can be a slippery slope of self-doubt and self-loathing. You move at a pace that is healthy for you, and don’t get upset if you don’t reach your goals as soon as others. God’s time is the best time! Keep your eyes on Him and you will not get distracted by anyone else! And… the view is much better!
Exploring New Talents
Some people have untapped talents! Why not try new things? If you are reaching your goals and running out of new ones to add to your list… try new things! Who knows what unexpected talents and gifts you might unlock just by stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new! Have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously! But- if you unlock a new talent that shows potential, start setting goals in that area too! The sky is the limit!
I hope that 2021 will prove to be a year of growth for you. I pray that this year you will strive for that potential that God created you with! He has given us all gifts… but it is up to us to cultivate and use them to the potential we are capable of! Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you are encouraged and know that God has a plan for you, He loves you so much and wants you to live to the potential He created in you!
Life is but a vapor- if our only objective is to achieve our full potential and that doesn’t include laughing, dancing, seeing the world, playing, joking, relaxing, and loving…. then I am afraid we will never come close to reaching our potential at all, and all that heard work will be for nothing. For without joy, what is life?