Uncover Your Potential is a book by Myles Munroe in which he tries to open our eyes to all the potential that resides within us. I have had this book for the longest of times but never got to read it, until I opened it a week ago and realized the gold mine I was sitting on. Ever since then I have devoured it, absorbed every word and have decided to share the lessons that I have taken to heart.
What is Potential? Some of you may be asking
The most elaborate explanation of potential I have got so far is the one that I got from this book. Stay with me because I need you to get this;
Potential is all you can do but have not done yet
Potential is all you can become but you haven’t become it yet
Whatever you have done is no longer your potential
Potential is always what you haven’t done yet but you can still do
Potential is what you can accomplish but you haven’t achieved yet
Potential is: Dormant ability, reserved power, untapped strength, unused success, hidden talents, all you can be but have not yet become, all you can do but have not yet done.
UNLESS YOU DO SOMETHING THAT IS BEYOND WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE, YOU WILL NEVER GROW OR EXPERIENCE YOUR FULL POTENTIAL
Uncovering your potential requires that you go beyond your comfort zone and do the things that you have never ever done before. Potential is invincible it’s something that hasn’t been manifested yet. That is why Dr Munroe talks about the importance of being able to see beyond what is presented to you. For example when a sculptor sees a stone they see a beautiful work of art whilst someone else will see the same stone and render it useless.
One day I was watching a commercial on TV and it had something to do with the word ‘fearless’. I remember it vividly because at the end a woman sings “I am fearless!” Anybody else would look at that commercial and move on to whatever they were watching. When I heard the word fearless a light bulb went on in my head and all I could see was an article titled ‘be fearless’. The same goes for people; we look at them and just by their appearance render them useless not knowing the deep well of unlimited abilities that lie within them.
One of the statements that struck in this book me goes like this; “just because you are broken doesn’t mean you have to give up on yourself and your potential, there’s still hope for you and you can still be transformed into something beautiful.” There was a time in my life that I felt broken, my grades dropped, I was not happy with who I was at that moment. Deep down I knew that there was still something within that made me special. I knew that I had the potential to be better, to do better. So I embarked on a journey of healing, instead of hating myself I began to accept myself, instead of wallowing in guilt I decided to forgive myself and instead of feeling bad about my grades I devised a plan that got me working harder. Just because you are broken does not mean that you cannot be anything more, WE CAN STILL MAKE A DIAMOND OUT OF YOU YET.
Think of any device that has ever been manufactured. Say a phone or perhaps a laptop. The maker designs a device according to what it is going to be used for (Its purpose). A phone’s design is perfect for its purpose. Your design is perfect for your purpose. Everything that you need to achieve your purpose is within you. Whatever your purpose is in life you are equipped with the ability, talents, gifts, capacities and potential you need to fulfill it.
This brings us to the idea of purpose
What is purpose? Why do we need a purpose in life?
Who are you? What were you put on this earth for?
Purpose is an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions. Without purpose life is meaningless. Without purpose we focus on things with no significance. Purpose gives us a sense of direction. People without purpose, focus on mundane things that give them no sense of fulfillment. Purpose is the master of motivation and the mother of commitment. Your vision or purpose is what will motivate you to keep doing what you are doing. I am committed to writing because I know that I was put on this earth so that my words can encourage someone to see the beauty and strength within them. A lot of people live unfulfilled lives because they have no purpose. Without this vision we feel no passion for living neither do we have a reason to wake up in the morning. When you discover your purpose you live a life full of passion, perseverance and hope.
SUCCESS IS AN ENEMY OF POTENTIAL
One of the greatest mistakes that we make is being content with our success. When we are content with our success we close our eyes to the things we could do that surpasses our present success. You have unlimited potential. Do not be satisfied with where you are now because there is still more that you could be. To realize your full potential you must never be satisfied with your last success. Strive to be better than you were yesterday.
There’s nothing named “cant”
You can do anything that you put your mind to. If you can conceive it you can achieve it. The only thing that is stopping you is the limit that you put on yourself.
Whatever you believe hard enough and are committed to enough can become reality. Remove the word impossible from your vocabulary.
The only way that you can understand the extent of you potential is if you challenge your ability. Don’t wait for someone to challenge you, do it yourself.
‘Give your ability some responsibility’
Start a project and use everything you have to see it through fruition. This way you are challenged and your abilities are being put to use to achieve something worthwhile. Demand things of yourself that go beyond what you have already done.
All in all God created all human kind and he built into each of us unlimited potential and it is up to us to uncover it. It is up to us to push beyond the imaginary limits that we have placed in front of us. Potential must be exercised to be fulfilled.
Now close your eyes and see, see all the things that you could be if only you took that extra step, if only you had the courage to try. Do not be so afraid of failure that you refuse to try. Failure is proof that you tried and for me that is a win.
What are your heart desires?
What are your dreams?
Progress requires a plan of action and if you want to fulfill your potential you need a plan.
There’s more to you than what meets the eye. Uncover your potential. Do not die before you have unleashed your potential (like many others do). There is something great that you can contribute to this world.
Comment down below if you enjoyed this book as much as I did and if there is any book you need me to do a review on you need only ask. Have a wonderful week and remember that your potential is limitless.