Les Brown has been quoted saying that the richest place in the world isn’t the bank. It’s the cemetery because too many people have left their unused gifts and talents behind. My guess is that as we go through life, we feel like we will have the time to follow our heart and our dreams.
A common theme I talk about on this blog is that our time here is limited. We don’t know when our time will be up. Yet we often put things off or wait for the “perfect” moment to make our move. If we don’t know how many trips we have around the sun, why are we waiting? What life event has to happen to us to push us out of our comfort zone and finally take that leap of faith?
When I think about unleashing my potential, I don’t think about climbing the corporate ladder, making more money, having nicer things, etc. I think about taking the chance, trusting the madness and doing what I really want to do and being who I really want to be. It is taking the chance to truly live, on my terms. It’s living out my purpose and what my heart has been called to do.
Here are some signs that you may be living in potential:
1.) When thinking about your dreams or what you want to do in your life, the timeline you have for it is “someday”. The truth is, there is never a perfect time to get started. If you wait until you feel ready, you will be waiting for the rest of your life.
2.) You think about your childhood dreams often. Kids aren’t stuck in the barriers of what society says we should do. Kids don’t often consider these restraints; they just want to do their thing. And they are excited about it! As we become adults, we allow our childhood dreams to become derailed by ideals, pressure about what we should be doing, etc.
3.) You often feel unsettled – even when you “should be” happy. Perhaps you are successful in business, have a nice house or take nice vacations but you find that the happiness these things bring are fleeting. What keeps our hearts happy is being true to ourselves and living out our potential. Perhaps you feel unsettled because you know you are meant to do more.
4.) You find yourself admiring people who are trusting their madness. Maybe you always wanted to be a performer and you see someone out on the street singing. Watching them, you may feel admiration for them for having the courage to put themselves out there and just going for it…You feel inspired by them and wish you could do it, too.
Remember, there is a reason you are here, and our world desperately needs what you have to offer.
What has your heart been called to do? If you weren’t afraid of rejection or failure, what would you do?