“Your potential is ready when you are.” ~Dennis G. Shaver
Potential is, sadly, too often misunderstood. It is not a gift bestowed on some of us, and not others; nor is it a secret treasure we locate, if we’re lucky, along the path of life. Potential is innate and already exists inside of each one of us, and the only key to unlock it is this: empower it.
If you’ve been anywhere near life as an adult for any length of time, you’ve already figured out there is no fairy godmother for any of us. We have dreams, yes; but no one meets us out behind the castle in a pumpkin patch to wave a wand and POOF! our dreams turn into reality. And guess what? That’s okay! There is a remnant of childhood that wasn’t a fairy tale though, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t even need a fairy godmother: your potential is with you always, as it always has been.
I expound on this in chapter 1 of my new book, The Entrepreneurial Incubator. As little kids, we looked at life with a sense of wonder, didn’t we? We had unlimited imagination, our creativity abounded, and we truly believed that anything in life was possible. Believe that again, and you’ve unlocked the ability to set aside fear and doubt and get out of your own way.
But is it really as easy as all that?
It is; it absolutely is. The reason it’s easy is because belief is the simplest choice we make on any given day. In fact, choosing to believe your potential is within you, accessible to you, ready to work for you and make your dreams come true, is the adult version of your fairy godmother’s wand.
If you want something beyond what you have right now, believe it is possible and POOF! – magical things happen. No, the thing you wish for, the product you wish to invent, the goal you wish to reach, will not appear in front of you in the blink of an eye…that’s not the magic I’m referring to.
The magic is this: when you look inside, believing your potential to reach your dreams resides there, and you focus on looking inward instead of being discouraged by outward things, your awareness of the powers you have inside will be enhanced and illuminated.
You see, you don’t need other people to bestow powers on you, fairy godmother-style, you simply need to awaken to discover the powers you already possess. This begins with the simple belief that all you need to make the difference in this world that only you can make is already waiting for you to draw upon.
You need courage to take that first step towards starting your own entrepreneurial venture? It’s already there. You need the stamina to put in the sweat equity to bring your new product invention idea to market? It’s already there, too. What you need is inside you. It’s called potential, and it’s more powerful than sparkles from a wand.
Simple belief in ourselves, and openness to self-awareness, are the grown-up’s version of a magic wand. To get from where you are now to where you need to be, believe you have what it takes to get there. Waiting for someone to bestow powers on you or for your success to drop into your lap is like living behind that castle in the pumpkin patch, waiting for your fairy godmother. She’s not coming; but you don’t need her to anyway.
You’ve got this.
Are you ready to unlock your potential and put it to work for you? You’ve got the idea, now it’s time to wave that wand and put yourself on the path towards your success. The Entrepreneurial Incubator is your guidebook, and is available here < theentrepreneurialincubator.com>.
Onward and upward!
©Dennis G. Shaver, 2016. All rights reserved.