Most people use about 10 percent of their potential: if they use as much as 25 percent, they’re called geniuses. If we can go from using 10 percent to 20 percent we could double our productivity and still have 80 percent of our potential untapped.
How do you unlock your potential?
- Look Up – What we need is somebody a little bigger and a little better than we are, and we need to spend time with them. Find somebody who thinks faster, runs faster, and aims higher. Those are the people who will lift you up.
- Give Up – To reach our potential, we must give up at any moment all that we are in order to receive what we can become. You’ll never find anybody that achieves great success in life without a give-up story. Abraham gave up his home to seek a better country. Moses gave up the riches of Egypt. David gave up security. John the Baptist gave up being first so he could be second. The Apostle Paul gave up his past and made a radical turnaround. Jesus Himself gave up His rights.
- Fire Up – You mustn’t be satisfied, but having a deep driving passion. Phillips Brooks said, “Sad is the day for any man when he becomes absolutely satisfied with the life that he is living, the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing; until there ceases to be forever beating at the door of his soul a desire to do something larger which he seeks and knows he was meant and intended to do.”
- Show Up – Some people never become all they can be because when they see a challenge coming, they fail to show up for the match.
- Go Up – If we look up to a person who is reaching his or her potential, if we give up anything that hinders us from being our best, if we fire up our desires until we are no longer satisfied, and if we show up to our challenges and not become fearful, then we will go up. We’ll go to up to the top of our potential—but only after we look up, give up, fire up, and show up.
Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can. – Thomas Carlyle
For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are those ‘It might have been.’ – John Greenleaf Whittier