As I woke this morning, the phrase “Enormous Potential” came to my mind like a presentation of an upcoming movie. It was emotionally provocative. “Enormous Potential” continued to echo back and forth between the walls of my sleepy mind as the saying excitedly resonated throughout my waking body.
I wrote it down as soon as I could. Hours later, after spending most of the day with my eight-year-old nephew and two nieces of four and six, it occurred to me that one of the best ways to tap into our potential is to extend ourselves for others.
Perhaps this is easier for some of us to do with our kids, and for others, it’s easier to do at work. But, what if the purpose of life was for each of us to exert our effort towards extending ourselves where it is most challenging? What if personal growth, professional development, and real happiness were all waiting for us, right here?
After allowing my mind to linger on and around “enormous potential,” I first thought about this from a cultural perspective. Our culture’s greatest potential – as is commonly considered – might lie within our children. But I know that some of us can’t and won’t wait for someone else. We need to tap into our own greatest potential. How?
Consider this. I remember – vaguely – reading about an interview with a great musical composer. When asked about where his most famous pieces came from, he said that they came to him through a creative process. He allowed himself to “imagine” remembering a movement.
That would have to be a creative experience since no one could remember something that they hadn’t yet created. But don’t give up before you’ve even attempted this. One of the easiest ways to remember is to see the experience in a photo album, right? This time, rather than seeing a photo in an album, you’ll see an image or a video clip or even hear a message within your imagination.
The key here was the utilization of the composer’s “imagination.” Try it on now for yourself. Imagine yourself many years from now, totally satisfied, and accomplished. Then answer this question. What have you achieved that you are so satisfied with? Seriously now, write it down.
After giving yourself an adequate amount of time to “imagine” and answer the question, you can move on. Whatever your achievements, allow yourself to move them along a timeline, moving closer and closer to today, until you experience a new level of satisfaction because you’re achieving what you only thought you could do in a lifetime. But you’re able to clearly see yourself achieving them today.
This is a creative exercise. This is merely tapping into and utilizing the power of your imagination. The objective was to enhance your awareness of precisely what is so important to you that you’d spend the rest of your life working to achieve it. Once you know this, you can deliberately work at achieving it today.
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