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This Week's Inspiration
Note: Before you engage this LOP, I wish to share with our longtime subscribers of Living On Purpose why you have not received an article for a while. I apologize to those who wondered what happened.
After writing LOP every month for almost 10 years, it was time for a break so fresh and new thoughts would have time to gestate. We were also preparing for a shift. We will be launching our Secrets of Success"! Podcast with Ken Keis in August. Stay tuned for details of this exciting new format I will be interviewing successful colleagues and sharing personal and professional strategies to help you live your life On Purpose!
Realizing Your Potential?
Do you believe you have more potential to contribute, be, do, or achieve?
Most readers will say Yes. The question is how do we tap into our potential and our purpose?
This is an incredibly large topic. Please consider this article part of the answer for you and the people you serve.
In numerous other articles, I have cited research that contributes to our condition.
Where to Start to Change
While interviewing our colleague Richard Knowdell, a 40-year career-development professional, I asked him this: With all the career-development resources available, why do 80% of people still not enjoy their work? His answer? People are not willing to do the work or invest in their own professional development to achieve growth. Most will spend more time and money on entertainment this year than on their own development.
With that backdrop, let me outline a model to help you
Although there are many factors, I will reference two elements that impact your ability to realize your potential.
The first factor is your state of joy and happiness.
Are you joyful and happy in the moment?
When people interact with you, are they better for it or does your state cause others to want to leave you as soon as possible so they will not be polluted by your negativity?
At every given moment, we have a choice about how we will respond and react to what life hands us. Are you intentional about your joy and happiness?
A businessowner shares his story . . .
Those things are important but they had become his focus, rather than listening to his heart and keeping in touch with the reasons he had started his business in the first place.
Ò! He had lost the vision that his efforts were
So he shifted his mindset. He stopped trying so hard and began to live in the moment rather than worrying about all the plans and strategies that needed to be done. The result? His business grew by over 400% that year.
If individuals are miserable, whining, and constantly complaining (showing lack of joy and happiness), people won t want to hang out, support, or help them. They won t be attracted to them. That is common sense.
Unhappiness and lack of joy are contributing to our increased stress and illness levels. Over 50% of the members of the global workforce consider themselves highly stressed. If you are not joyful and happy in the now, you are not realizing your full potential.
The second factor: Do you have a future vision?
Many of you are familiar with Viktor Frankl, author of Man s Search for Meaning, who lived in German prison camps during WWII. In his book, Frankl states the reason he survived and others did not was his daily vision (hope) of getting back together with his family. That gave him inspiration, determination, and strength when others were in despair. His statement that others can take everything from me but they cannot take my vision or dreams is one we can all embrace.
If we have no future vision, what will inspire us to become more?
For us as human beings, realizing our calling, purpose, and potential takes us to a place of fulfillment and encouragement. Everything that has ever been achieved by the human race was envisioned (dreamed) first. The vehicle you drive and the media device on which you are reading this ezine began as an idea . . . someone s vision.
Most people are not clear on the answers. As mentioned earlier, it takes effort and time to be diligent in seeking answers. Not everyone is committed to the process.
The factors of joy and vision merge to create a mindset. The Potential Grid outlines the state generated when these factors are merged.
The Potential Grid
Where do you place yourself on The Potential Grid?
I encourage you to use this simple grid to consider what you need to do to realize your potential and help other see their potential.
Review the Action Steps to help you realize your potential.
Authors Special Note: The achievement of real joy in the moment a sustainable state is possible only when individuals consider their spiritual nature/source and seek the true meaning and purpose of their life. We will discuss this further in future articles and/or podcasts.
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