What does “potential” mean in this context? It stems from the Latin word “potential” or power, and in this context a good definition could be “the latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness”. In essence our potential is also defined by our own imagination of our limitation, yet it may not be a limitation after all.
Our potential is really a moving target and what most people find out when they have reached and achieved what they considered their potential to be, that it is not the end of success at all. I like to use another metaphor to visualize the concept of potential. When you walk out in front of your home or your office and look up (or down) the street you may see to a point where the street makes a bend or turns a corner, and you can’t see any further. You could view that distance as the potential. Now when you walk or drive to that point which you could see from your starting point you will realize that the road does not end there and that you can actually see another stretch of the road – a newly defined potential.
The pertinent question is: Do you want to live up to your potential? If you could (and most likely you can!) what would this mean to you, your family, your company…..
Wouldn’t it be great if you could continue to grow your business AND get to spend more time with your family or friends?
What if you could double your results AND balance your life?
Does this sound bold? Too bold? Unrealistic?
Think again: How would you know, or measure, if the suggestive question is unrealistic? Maybe, just maybe it seems bold because you may have set limitations in your mind already … and now you use these imagined limitations as the benchmark for what can or cannot materialize. This is exactly what happens 9 out of 10 times. Let’s explore a few more questions to reflect on:
- Do you have the potential to achieve more than you currently do?
- Do you want to be at the top of your game more consistently?
- Would you like your personal and professional life to be in better balance?
- Do you have too much to do and too little time to do it?
- Is stress getting the better of you?
- Could your leadership style be more effective and efficient?
- Could you improve your communication and interaction with people to maximize your influence and impact?
- Would it be great to achieve your goals consistently?
- Would you like to lead a more proactive life – personal and professional?
When was the last time you have truly explored these or similar questions and established a course of action to create the results you want? A serious collaboration with a professional coach will help you become the person you always knew you could be.
Which person will you be ten years from now?
Will you think back pondering the opportunities that had not been “given” to you? Were you actually prepared to seize them in the first place? What are you planning to do for yourself, your organization or your company to shape a successful future? Do you have a plan, a written plan? What does success mean to you? How do you measure your success? How do you determine if you are on track to get there?
I know, all these question can be overwhelming which is certainly not my purpose of bringing them up. However, it may be of great value to look at them one by one and determine, if and how you can address them. After all they may be very relevant for you! Obviously, I am biased, but if you really want to move the needle in an accelerated fashion, explore a coaching relationship with a professional executive coach and you will never look back…
Good luck and let us know what you think!