Whether it is assessing students in the classroom, employees at work, or relationships at home, there is a consistent and important debate that happens around what it takes to reach one’s full potential.
A great deal of the debate revolves around the idea of nature or nurture. Basically, is my potential governed by some hard-wiring at birth or is my collective life experience the major driver of my potential.
This debate, in some form or fashion, has been around for thousands of years and will continue to be carried out by wise and well-intentioned people throughout our lives.
As we continue on our journey to build and strengthen our character, in our daily lives we come to realize that our potential is neither about our nature or the nurturing we did or did not receive. Our potential is a product of the choices we make today.
The choices we make on what we believe about ourselves and how we respond to various situations are the major drivers of reaching our full potential.
However……It is incredibly important that we gain understanding about some of the deep seated beliefs we have about ourselves that may be concealed from the busy day to day reality of our lives.
The enclosed video link is one of the most viewed videos on YouTube having been viewed over 65 million times. It touches on the very foundation of what we believe about ourselves. Even though it is delivered from a female perspective, the essence of the message covers both genders.
Whether it is the reality that we are more beautiful than we think, stronger than we think, more capable than we think, or more helpful than we think, what we believe about ourselves matters in our desire to reach our full potential.
There are two helpful action steps in addressing the reality that we all have some deep seated beliefs that over the years may go unnoticed.
- Tell someone they are more beautiful than they think, stronger than they think, more capable than they think, or more helpful than they think. The reality is that we all could use the encouragement and we are just the right person to step up and fulfill the need.
- On a personal level, our unique life situation will at some points on our journey face the reality than no one may be around to remind us that we are better than we think. In those times, we need to rally hope from a source like our memory of someone who believed in us, our faith, a reminder of our past ability to overcome, in order to muster the strength to keep moving forward.
As we make the choice to believe we are more than we think and encourage others that they are more than they believe, we will continue to build and strengthen our character and our Character Creates Opportunity® to reach our full potential help others do the same.