What is potential?
In order to have a chance to reach your full potential, you need to first determine what it means. The dictionary definition of potential is
- having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future.
- latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
- the possibility of something happening or of someone doing something in the future.
Set a deadline for your goals
It’s easy to dream and set goals, but there is always a price to pay in order to achieve them. One of the factors that determine the price we pay is setting a strategic timeline or deadline. For me, this simply means you have to be organized. You have to take time to clarify your goals. Know exactly what is required, and set a deadline to get it done or reviewed.
Contrary to the ‘negative’ connotation attached to having deadlines, it could be effective if done right and as part of a carefully planned and organized schedule. Make sure the deadline is realistic, don’t have too many deadlines at once, and don’t set your deadlines too far in the future.
Why deadlines are important
Konosuke Matsushita was the youngest of eight children and was born on November 27, 1894, in a farming village called Wasamura. His family was forced to leave their farm when Konosuke’s father lost his property.
Few months before he was to graduate from elementary school, and at only nine years of age, Konosuke had to say goodbye to his family on a journey to the city to work as an apprentice at a charcoal brazier store.
Konosuke would start his workday at the crack of dawn with the cleaning of the store. He was also tasked with caring for his employer’s children. The store went out of business less than a year after, and Konosuke found a new apprenticeship at a store selling bicycles.
Dreaming is important. It is vital and it is crucial. Having a dream can inspire and motivate you. Although having a dream is great, it is only the starting point, and you have to back your dreams up with measurable actions.
The question then is – How do I translate my dreams into measurable actions?
I call Norman Vincent Peale, the positivity guy. He was a minister and an author famously known for his book The Power of Positive Thinking amongst others.
Life is great, but also full of challenges. One of my mission is to be a source of encouragement to anyone that needs a boost. We all can use a little bit of positivity every now and then.
I have found that while reading motivational quotes would not solve world problems, it often leads to a shift in the readers’ mindset, that helps them to aim for greater things.
Here are 11 quotes by Norman Vincent Peale that will hopefully encourage and inspire you.