Potential is defined as having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something. If you were to simply live life according to the idea or possibility of what you could become, based on the definition alone, would you ever fulfill your God-given purpose or assignment? Don’t ponder there too long because the answer is simply, no. Often times, statements are made concerning the danger of falling in love with what something or someone has the potential to be. This statement is no different as it pertains to you, specifically. If you fall in love with the underdeveloped you, you will never fulfill your fullest potential. You will never complete the business venture, dreams of college, or even desire to break habits and generational curses because you “said” but never did. You had the vision, maybe you even wrote it down, but you never created a plan or strategy to make those things come to pass.
My Pastor use to frequently say that one of the richest places on Earth was a cemetery because there are so many people with untapped potential, a wealth of knowledge, and unspoken ideas. Because I personally desire that you become everything that God has created you to be, here’s a little guidance that can aid you in reaching your fullest potential.
- Pray: If you don’t have time to do it right, you must have time to do it over. Without prayer, you lack proper direction and counsel. Reaching your fullest potential cannot occur if you do not have a conversation with the one who created you and everything that you are destined to become.
- Write the Vision: Habakkuk 2:2 states that you should write the vision and make it plain. Our everyday lives can sometimes be a world wind; therefore, it is extremely important to write down your dreams, your visions, your goals, and your plans. Just as quickly as the thought comes, it can be gone away. Especially, if you are easily distracted.
- Strategy: Create a realistic strategy and timeline, doing so, will assist you will holding yourself accountable. Milestones will serve as checkpoints in knowing that you are on the right track. Set timers and reminders so that you do not lose sight of the vision that has been written.
- Accountability Partner(s): Find a trusted and unbiased friend who doesn’t mind pushing you to become not only everything that you desire but everything God desires.
- Reset: You will not get everything right the first time. You must be okay with making mistakes or even starting over. In each step, make sure that you are following the path that God desires. Whispering, “God Your Will be done,” will cancel the plans that you’ve made that are not according to His Will and purpose for your life.
- Remain Teachable: Sorry, but you do not know it all, you never will and Guess what? That is okay! Never despise where you are because you thought you had things figured out. There is always more to learn.