What is potential? What does it mean to have potential? It means that you know that there is a vault of untapped brilliance inside of you. You know that right now, you have just scratched the surface to your potential greatness. When you are able to tap into this brilliance, you can shine like the leader that you know you are. You are able to access your innate creativity, solve big problems, and blaze a trail that exist before YOU.
The leaders of our time who have tapped into their potential shine like bright lights, but we feel a bit disconnected from them. We’re curious about how they did it but we tend to doubt our ability to do the same. The people who stand out are women like JK Rowling, she tapped her potential to be an author of the best-selling book series of all time, Harry Potter, even though she was dead broke and on welfare when she began. Or Oprah, her grandmother’s greatest wish for her is that she would have a nice white family to serve, but Oprah knew there was something much greater for her, she definitely tapped into her potential.
So why do we feel so disconnected from OUR potential? Why do we feel disconnected from other people who shine in their potential? What happened along the way to make us feel, just average?
The truth is, it’s not your fault. In our school system, you were taught to copy and regurgitate information. You were rarely awarded for being creative and thinking outside of the box. We’re not making our school system wrong here, we can all agree that we are immensely grateful for our access to education. It’s just interesting to notice how our brains were trained.
Here are 5 tools to start tapping into your potential right away. You deserve to realize your full potential in your lifetime. I believe in you.
1) Connect with your inner child. What did the 6 year-old inside of you LOVE to do? Did she love to write, read, draw, explore, tell stories, or play? I can recall that when she was a kid, I loved selling things. I made fruit stands, juice stands, and even created a beauty salon in my parent’s spare room and sold the services to all of the neighbor kids. This was really useful for me to revisit when I was having her post-college career crisis. I accessed a potential inside of myself when I remembered what she naturally loved to do as a kid. This exercise helped me unlock her potential in selling, creative money-making, the art of persuasion, and natural business skills. I wonder what you could find if you looked back at your childhood? Ask your parents or siblings if you are having trouble remembering. Journal on it, access the memories, find your natural interests, and reflect on what you loved most about these activities.
2) Move towards your topics of interest. What topic of conversation really lights you up? Maybe you are really passionate about the benefits of eating organic foods, for example. When you move toward this conversation and choose to immerse yourself in it, you are able to access a potential brilliance inside of you. Inside passionate conversation, you will discover a side of you that is confident, creative, resourceful, and an effective problem-solver. Maybe the potential that you would uncover inside of this conversation is your ability to educate others in a loving, compassionate way. What do you find yourself being most passionate speaking about? Discover your passions, let your soul be fueled by them.
3) Ask others for a reflection. Sometimes it’s hard to see for ourselves what we do really well. We can be blind to our own accomplishments and strengths. When you ask others for a reflection, you will uncover qualities about yourself that you were previously unaware of. We challenge you to ask the 5 closest people to you the following questions. 1) What are my strengths? 2) What do you see that I do differently than other people? This will give you powerful insight into your potential. I invite you to be curious, to seek to learn about yourself, to seek to go deep into your untapped brilliance.
4) Study how great leaders tap their potential. A little inspiration really goes a long way. When I read the Steve Jobs biography, for example, I realized that he wasn’t born with any superhuman powers, he just a normal guy, with his quirks, who had a deep desire to tap into his potential. So, who inspires you? Can you learn from them? We invite you to ignite your own curiosity. To ignite a desire to learn from the leaders who came before you. Maybe in your study you will realize that you can access the same greatness inside of you that they accessed in themselves. Commit yourself to studying the journey of three people who inspire you.
5) Jump in and start creating. If you don’t try something, then you’ll never know if it is your thing. My friend Debbie decided one day that she was going to try jewelry making, just for fun, even though she thought of herself as being creativity-challenged. She realized that she had a very special gift, and a passionate interest in precious stones. She now brings in thousands of dollars a month selling her custom, nature-inspired jewelry on the side, while she is building her coaching business. What’s something that you’ve always wanted to try? Writing a blog? Hosting a women’s gathering? Painting? Whatever it is, we encourage you to jump in. Maybe you could just notice your fears and take imperfect action anyway. Or maybe you could ask for support in getting started. Whatever you need, as Nike would say, “Just Do It”.
Just remember- you have a potential inside of you just waiting to be excavated. I’ll leave you with one of my all-time favorite quotes from Marianne Williamson “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
<3 Jolie Dawn