“I’ve always wanted to….” We can all fill in the blank with some skill we have never developed, some dream we’ve never followed, some ability we’ve allowed to lay fallow. While the topics overlap, I’m not so much talking about “bucket lists”, things we want to DO, as I am things we could BE.
While it is true that time is limited, it is also true that most of us are more limited by our ENERGY levels and how well we focus and organize ourselves. We are surrounded by distractions, social media and the internet pandering to our surface needs, providing pseudo connection while leaving our souls parched.
You’ve gifts inside you that will lift you, energize you, enrich your life, those around you and the world in general. Why are you withholding them?
To reach for the rung above, we must release the rung below and as necessary as it is for our growth; it is still a loss that can trigger anxiety. Thus we must summon the will and the wisdom to move forward to claim our greatness. It does takes courage to step into larger life than we currently inhabit and leave the secure comfort of our couch, be it literal or metaphorical. To reach your greatest potential, one must acknowledge and confront one’s greatest fears.
One source of motivation is to create a compelling vision of our possible future, one that pulls us forward, combined with a sense of the regret we may feel if we continue to withhold our greatest gifts from ourselves and from others.
“The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” – Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965
“The best we can be, we must be. To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine, 1951-1975
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius, 551 -479 BC
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier