“Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources. Stating the thing broadly, the human individual thus lives far within his limits. He possesses power of various sorts which he habitually fails to use.”
William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was a philosopher and psychologist, widely regarded as one of the founders of modern psychology in America. The above views were published in January 1907, and 110 years later his words still ring true.
I am sharing the above quote today, as it describes perfectly the driving force behind my blog. This is why I started sharing my thoughts and experiences on personal development, in the hope that it might help or inspire others to start or continue on their own journey. Plus, I love writing which certainly helps.
We all have the potential within us to achieve success, maybe even greatness. Potential, alone, is not enough though. For all too many people, this potential remains unrealised either through fear or complacency. Some fear failure, others fear the disapproval of others, while on the other hand, there are people who reach a point in life where they become comfortable with what they have achieved or complacent. There are also the lazy and entitled among us, who believe that good things will come to them without their having to make any effort. Truth is, potential alone is not enough. You have to want to better yourself. Really want it so bad that you challenge yourself to make small improvements daily, which will in time help you to grow and develop to the point where you become and achieve what you could only dream about before.
If you really challenge yourself to be the best you can, it’s possible to achieve the unthinkable. Be under no illusion, the journey itself is a minefield and requires a lot of planning, hard work and difficulty. What you could achieve, however, if you persevere is priceless. This is why I write; to share my experiences, knowledge and ideas in the hope that it might motivate, inspire or help others.
Blogs, programmes, books, podcasts and videos can only help so much, though. After all, as the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t teach it how to drink. Potential, talent and knowledge will count for nothing if you don’t act upon it.
Will you fulfil your potential? I have no idea, only you can answer that. Depends on how much you want it and how hard you are prepared to work for it. So…will you?!