Reaching POTENTIALMany of us are told from a young age to “reach your potential”. As a young person, it’s hard to understand what that even means. As an adult, do we even know what our potential is?? What is “potential” anyway? "Potential – existing in possibility; capable of development in actuality; expressing possibility." Merriam-Webster.com
Hmm, that didn’t help much.
How about a different perspective? Science says, potential is about energy, about possibilities. So potential is about what can be achieved.
Okay, that makes a little more sense.
Now what about the “reach” part? How do we know when we reach our potential? Are we done then??
Of course not. "Reach" in this context is not about arriving at a destination, it's about continually stretching yourself to new levels and new heights. Always reaching for more. Going for the top of Maslow's pyramid.
Potential is about what is possible, conceivable, imaginable, capable, achievable. Potential is using imagination, creativity, and guts ...... but, it doesn’t come with a guarantee. Just because you try something creative or imaginative, doesn’t mean it's going to work. It means that you tried, you endeavored, you persevered, you REACHED. All of which are wins and contribute to your overall success.
Reaching for your potential is about getting outside your box and taking some risk. Discovering your potential means knowing yourself – your strengths, weaknesses, passions, fears – and what you have the capacity to accomplish.Whew. Heady topic.