This post is a giant note to self because I’ve been wrestling with this and asking myself this question:
Are you using your full potential?
Now, stop right there. Before you get all down on yourself and depressed about your answer and before you tell yourself that you aren’t enough (I do this. I know where you are!), here’s a challenge. Let that question EXCITE you. Seriously. Take a minute and let that sink in. Let the thought of your positive potential get you all sorts of fired up. Why? Because you have the potential to affect people’s lives all over the world for the better (that’s right, think big because it’s just plain TRUE) and you have the potential to experience real lasting joy, strong relationships, fulfilling work and giving that fills your soul. That’s a fact. You were not created to play small. You were not created to just go through the motions. Are you doing that today? What’s your excuse? It better be realllly good because you have soooo many gifts to share and so much creativity waiting in the wings to enjoy and so much love to give! People need that. They need you to take action. There is a whole lot of joy ahead of you! That’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? Own those gifts. Capitalize on them. Take ACTION on them. And don’t get caught up in needing to do it all at once. Kill the mental “but, but, but” roadblocks and just take a small step forward right now. Move into the fear. Take a risk. Risk is WORTH IT. Because that’s exactly where you’ll find your greatest potential and, in turn, your greatest joy. And it’s not always going to be easy. In fact, many times our happiest times come out of the hardest challenges.
I’m asking myself this question constantly because having a baby and a business means a whole new balance of priorities. She is my first priority and my business will be shaped around that. My business will be infused by that. I don’t have all the answers and don’t expect to, but what I do have is a strong faith that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be and I need to be using my full potential every. single. day. For others, not for me. Life is too short. Her life is too beautiful for me to not show her what FULL joy and really living is all about.
Yes, I know what you’re asking yourself. How will I know? When to leap? How to do it? If I’m ready? Answer: You won’t know. Every great thing that was ever done was done on faith. All it takes is faith as small as a mustard seed. So, get excited about your potential and take ACTION. Don’t get stuck just thinking about it and making a billion excuses. Our I’m-not-good-enough-or-ready-or-worth-it thoughts can paralyze us and keep us from our full potential for a lifetime. Life is too short for that! The positive potential in every single person excites me to no end! What have you been afraid to do? What potential are you sitting on right now? What can you DO about it? Sound off here. The act of leaving a comment with your thoughts - putting it out there - could be just the tiny mustard seed you need to plant. Let your potential excite you. - Lara