We’ve All Got It

Potential You have it. She has it. He has it. They have it. We ALL have it. If everyone has it, why do we fail to realize it? Where did it come from? How did we get it? Is it contagious? Will I recognize it when I see it? What is it?

The answer to what it is one simple word – POTENTIAL.

We are all born with it, and it can either grow and flourish, or shrivel up and die on the vine. Potential is everywhere you look. Every person on the planet has potential. Most of us fail to recognize it in ourselves or in others. Our minds are so active and full of big ideas as children. We have dreams of the great accomplishments we’ll achieve as grown ups. Few actually reach that full potential.

One reason is that we are conditioned to underachieve. To sell ourselves short is what our education system and often our friends and family train us to do. We are told that our dream is a nice dream, but it couldn’t really happen to you. Why not shoot for a more doable goal. Something sensible.

In New Zealand they call it “the tall poppy syndrome”. It is a national obsession, I’ve been told. Here’s the premise. When a farmer has a field of poppies, they all look lovely glowing in the sun, and blowing gently in the wind. Except for that one poppy that is too tall and stands out from the crowd. That one should be torn down, to prevent it from achieving more than is reasonable. In other words, people should know their station and not strive to be more.

Often those who love us the most will want us to tame our wild dreams, to prevent us from getting hurt or experiencing disappointment. Shoot low and you are more likely to hit it.

What a crock of BS. We were created to thrive. We were made to dream, to have ambitions and goals. Strong desires are a good thing, provided that they are moral and legal. To dream the impossible dream… THAT is exciting. It is even more exciting to get beyond the dream and make it a reality. A dream without action is merely a fantasy. But when you see that you have so much potential in you and around you, it is invigorating. You become motivated. You morph into a believer. You become a doer!

Was Oprah Winfrey born a famous billionaire talk show maven?

Was Bill Gates given the keys to his world-renowned business as a child?

Was Jimmy Fallon a hilarious late night talk show host in high school?

Was Albert Einstein considered a genius student of all his teachers?

Was Laura Ingalls Wilder born one of the world’s best children’s authors?

The answer to all of these questions is a resounding NO!! They all learned to cultivate their potential and go to the next level and the next and the next, and on and on. You were born with the same potential as they were. You must realize the potential that you have and no matter your age, ignore the poppy pullers. Potential, you’ve got it. Now achieve it to the fullest. Go do it!!

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Pushing The Boundaries

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So you’ve gotten yourself into a pretty good groove, you have started building a pretty loyal client base, orders are coming in, you’re finding time to see friends and family, and you feel like you are actually starting to realize your dream of being your own boss is actually starting to become a reality. You couldn’t ask for much more, you feel successful, you’re starting to be successful, but there’s just one thing that just doesn’t seem to be working for you. Boundaries. It’s been something that you have been putting on the backburner, you’ve had other more important things to deal with, and, in all honesty, you were so tired and working so hard that you couldn’t have even been bothered to make the effort. But now you have the time, so what do you do?

Boundaries, particularly boundaries for working from home, are much like the Lochness Monster, elusive, mysterious, and questionable in their existence. You would never think of waltzing into your spouse’s office without asking or storm in demanding where they put your favourite cheese, but for whatever reason, when you work at home you aren’t ‘really’ working. Here are a few tips to help cement those boundaries:

  1. Put up signs. Signs work. They’re clear, concise, and let’s face it, intimidating. If you see a sign on a door at eye level, you can’t miss it. The majority of people will stop and read it, causing a moment of pause. It’s the pause that you need for them to actually stop and remind themselves that you are working. Yes. You actually are really working in there.
  1. Post a schedule. Are you busy? Yep. Says so on the schedule. Do you have time for coffee? Nope. I’m working. Look at the schedule. Yep, it definitely gets easier if you can refer to the (yep, you guessed it!) schedule.
  1. Educate your children. Children are perhaps the ones that find the whole concept of working from home the most mysterious and perhaps the most flexible in terms of availability. If they are old enough to read the schedule, than most likely they are at an age where they can understand that you have a job to do. But what do you do for the little ones that just want to have some mommy or daddy time? Using a stop light system can work wonders. When you are open for some distraction, put up the green light, if you are maybe busy but have some time, the yellow, and if you have too much work and can’t be interrupted, don’t hesitate to plaster that red all over the door!

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