Potential is a word that is thrown around a lot.
But it’s not easy for you to own it in your own life is it? If it was, everyone would do it and the world might be a different place.
Let’s face it, your potential alone is not enough to have a successful life.
Few of us really want to face the reality of the hard work it can take to activate our dreams and desires.
The fact is, for anything great, you have to give it your all. There, you have to decide you will work for it, believe for it and get past your own limitations – whether they be in your thinking, your resources, your environment or your faith.
I’ve found this to be very true for myself. The potential and the promise of what could be excites me all the time. However, I discovered the hard way that it’s not enough to say I have the dream, the skills or the faith that it will all work out. I have to take action, to step into it, even to invest into it.
There is so much ‘free’ advice to change your life or start a business that you can waste time trying to figure it all out. It seems that in reality most people never quite get to where they want and end up disappointed.
How can you turn your potential into substance?
The greatest success book ever written tells us this:
‘Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.’
You have to do your part, in faith, and allow God to add to you and reveal what is already designed in you.
So how to do move from the great idea and the promise of all your potential into faith-led, strategic, committed action?
A story to show you one way of unlocking your potential.
Allow me to share an example via my son’s story.
From the age of 5 he has been a soccer player. He dabbled in lots of sports but decided to devote all his energy to soccer when he was 11 years old. Naturally gifted as a child, sporting ability came easy for him. The challenge came when he turned 12. His natural ability and talent were no longer enough. Kids that were not as natural as him started going past him.
I remember having conversations with him as he struggled with this. Recognising that it isn’t just about natural talent. It’s committing to the hard work to be excellent and stepping into the realisation of the potential. It is a mental, spiritual and physical journey and it’s absolutely tough.
He assured my husband and I he would do the work, even if he did feel like giving up right at that moment.
So I did what I could to help him; I found him a coach.
A personal coach cracked the code
My husband and I heard about a soccer coach that was doing a lot of one on one and group coaching. The reports were good. So we went along one night for an introduction.
It was fascinating to me what happened.
The coach put him straight into a small sided game with some other players. They played for 20 minutes. Immediately after the game he pulled my son aside and gave him a report. ‘This is what I saw, this is what is going on, this is how I can help’.
Within 20 minutes this coach had assessed him. He had seen his potential, understood where he needed development and knew he could help. My son happily responded and agreed to work together.
Within two months he wanted to quit. It was so hard. The challenge came at every turn. His performance was measured and critiqued. His growth was huge and the improvements were amazing. But he had to fight for it every single time he went to a coaching session.
I remember the coach asking him ‘are you still prepared to work for it? it’s not my dream I’m here for’. I was so proud of him for sticking it out and committing to the work.
How long have you been desiring to unlock your potential and live the life God purposed for you?
Potential is that double-edged sword. The sweet promise of what could be or the haunting nightmare of what you’ve never quite achieved.
The turning point for my son happened with two things. One, when he made up his mind what he wanted and two, when we hired the coach to work with him.
It wasn’t cheap nor was it easy. In fact, it was inconvenient for me because of the time involved and I did have two other kids that needed similar support.
The choice of going after your potential sets things in motion. You need to realise there is a price, there is an investment of yourself into the process. For me that was working with coaches, mentors and committing myself to a vision of my future.
Don’t let anyone tell you it’s just going to fall into your lap. It doesn’t just appear as everything you’ve dreamed of.
Working with a coach helped my son in so many ways. For instance, he became a sounding board, an accountability partner and someone that kept stretching him. It was a different relationship to the normal team coach. This individualised coaching focused on him and what his goals were.
I know that your best life is when you are aligned with your purpose and passion.
Your goals could be in the career you want to achieve, what is it going to take to get there? It could be that you are entrepreneurial and want to create a successful business? Partner with someone to help you get there faster.
After 14+ years of online business, becoming a certified coach and a mentor to leaders, I’ve had the privilege of being that someone to others. There is nothing more gratifying that seeing your life transform as you embrace the big life ahead of you – are you ready for that to be you?