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“Do not let the memories of your past limit the potential of your future. There are no limits to what you can achieve on your journey through life, except in your mind.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Your potential is something that you are yet to explore.
Stored inside of you is the capacity to do and achieve many things, and depending on how we were raised or what happened to us in the past, we tend to explore these possibilities in limited levels. Some people go bit by bit, and achieve a large amount of success in small increments; some happen upon a stroke of great timing and end up seeing this success almost “overnight” (of course, if they weren’t already equipped for this opportunity beforehand, I doubt they could have made much use of it).
For a great majority, this potential remains untapped. It is a journey that starts in the mind; let’s say you want to earn by freelancing in a creative field. First, there’s usually the handling of doubt, whether it was fed to you by others or cultivated on your own. After that, there’s a matter of the resources you have available, and the resources that others would be willing to let you have access to, which leads to the habit of needing to develop interpersonal relationships (which may or may not become personal bonds that are treasured). After that, there’s the confidence needed to start out and maintain growth, as the results expected tend to take their time in accumulation. This leads to feedback from others (positive and negative), opportunities (missed, mishandled and taken), uncovering new aspects of your overall life and personality and a change in how you operate, and with whom. This work is maintained until one gives up because they fail to see the potential that they have first envisioned, or one succeeds even when they were the only ones who could see such potential at work.
Yes, you can fail. No, it’s not a must that you do. Sure, some people don’t believe in you; the ones that do just haven’t told you yet, or you haven’t been listening. We will all die, but we choose how we are remembered; Adolf Hitler was a brilliant visual artist, and Ted Bundy worked at a suicide hotline center.
You don’t have to change the entire world, or even the heart of the person beside you. You can, but it really isn’t up to you to control that. All you can control is yourself, and even this is limited to an extent. This is how change has always happened.
There many things you do well that you don’t take notice of. There are many great accomplishments of yours that you downplay, and many lives in which you have contributed a helpful role. You may never know the extent of what you’ve done and how other people see you; such is life. What I need you to see today is that by working on your potential, you are doing and gaining and being successful. Time and tongues may tell, but you have to believe. Keep on pushing.
Blessings in abundance!