We have it in abundance.
It is defined as “latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.”
Inherent in the definition for potential are three things. First, the qualities and abilities that we may possess are latent. They are hidden, dormant, and invisible. Second, these qualities and abilities are underdeveloped. Third, making these qualities visible may lead to future success, application, profitability, and serviceability.
To make your latent qualities and abilities visible, you must lean into growth. You must be intentional about developing personally and professionally. You must take steps on a daily basis to create the person you want to become.
Here are seven steps you can take to help you get started.
- Read Widely and Deeply -Reading can literally open up new worlds that may facilitate you in discovering latent qualities and abilities. It provides access to a number of mentors in every area of study imaginable. In addition, reading provides new perspectives, guides, and ways to improve the skill of your choice.
- Surround Yourself with Growth-Minded People – These people have the potential to influence and shape your life in more ways than you will admit to. They are people who are on a growing path themselves. They are not afraid of receiving or of giving honest feedback. These growth-minded people will help stretch your thinking and be invaluable resources.
- Embrace Change – Change is one thing that is not going away. Leaning into growth is an invitation for change to come in and live with you. That may be a scary and intimidating thought that can make you uncomfortable. Good! Because for the majority of us, we learn the most when we are the most uncomfortable. So, lean in and see how much more confident and resilient you can become.
- Go and Fail – Failure has such negative connotations. It is associated with being dumb, stupid, unworthy, loss, and fear. When things don’t turn out your way, you may feel, embarrassed, rejected, and ashamed.The reality is failing at something provides great lessons that can bring you closer to your goals.
- Leave the Past in the Past – Some people are more in love with the past than with the present. That is a problem. Whether your past was good or bad ruminating over it speaks volume about the quality of your life in this moment in time. You must learn from your past, so it will not become a hindrance. Leaning into growth demands that you move forward from your past to become better and stronger.
- Be Patient – do not derail your success by expecting immediate results. Growth takes time and is often slow, because it is a struggle between your old self and the new self you are becoming. Expect setbacks, obstacles, and disappointments – they are just temporary. With consistent efforts and actions, they will become smaller and smaller in comparison to the future success you will experience.