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Unlocking Your Potential

Unlocking Your PotentialIn the heart of every person is every resource that he or she will need to live life to the fullest. The only difference is what each person has been exposed to. Education is the training of the inner faculties. It is to bring forth from within.

The problem with many people is that they limit their education to what the training they go through within the four walls of their high school or college. A good percentage of people do not read a book once they graduate from college.

There is more to educating yourself than what you learn at college. Our experiences in life go far beyond the medical, engineering, finance or law degree. We have to deal with other people in relationships, conflict, managing processes, organizations risks etc. Training in all of these areas affect where we end up in life. Most important in unlocking your potential is to train yourself in the area of your purpose.

If you desire to live a life that you were created for, a life full of joy and happiness, you must release every potential that exists within you. I’ve said over and over again that success is no accident. Nobody ends up a success in life without making a conscious decision to be one. If you look across the board, successful people are people who are at the top of their career. They are really good at what they do, and the are filled with joy doing what they do.

Recently, I watched the film Flight, starring Denzel Washington. His acting in that movie was so amazing that I had to look up the history of his career. It was clear to me that his success as a film actor was no accident.  In light of this, I have learned over the years that if you want to be good, you have to study it thoroughly and practice it diligently.

Identify the ‘why’ for your life. First you have to search your heart for that seed of purpose. Find out what you were created for, because therein lies the full array of what you need to succeed in life. I will stress again that all you really need is an inkling to this purpose, and start where you are at. Many times we’re looking for the big picture, the big story etc. All of that is in the future, and the problem really is not what you don’t have, but it is in how you deal with what you have now. Theodore Roosevelt said it this way, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Have a vision for your life. Set a clear goal for where you want to be in life. I have learned that it is difficult, if not impossible to get anywhere worthwhile in life without defining a clear destination. Ask yourself what you need to learn in order for you to do the things you see in the vision for your future.

Make the right choices. Everything you will ever be is partly up to you. You have the power to make choices that will set you on the path to greatness and excellence. Every moment of your day presents you with choices. Choices to invest in your future, or squander today at the expense of tomorrow. A choice to watch a TV show is lost time that could have been used to read a book, or listen to an audio CD to invest in your personal growth. Choose wisely!

Keep learning. You really cannot function effectively beyond the level of information you have. Don’t contribute to the statistics of people who stopped learning after college. Commit yourself to personal growth. Leaders are readers (or learners). There’s a reason why neurosurgeons have to go through the intensity of the training they are subjected to. If you are going to succeed, then you have to learn more to achieve more. Study, and study hard about the various areas related to your purpose in life.

Be diligent. Unlocking your potential requires diligence. Knowledge is no good as long as it remains in your head. Knowledge is only power when applied. I realize that the more I practice something, the better I get at it. As you practice you begin to realize the areas in which there are gaps in your knowledge, and you can revisit the topic to learn more. But never quit because it looks like its not working. The application of knowledge requires persistence and consistency. As you remain diligent. You will realize that results will one day flow like a gusher.

#BeInspired

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11 Comments

  • Atinuke Dasaolu

    February 27, 02 2013 11:33:27

    Unlocking Your Potential!

    Many thanks for today’s words of wisdom Minister Mamora.

    For me, what I found most interesting was what you wrote about not being able to “function effectively beyond the level of information you have. Don’t contribute to the statistics of people who stopped learning after college”. Unfortunately too many individuals become so complacent with their knowledge without even realizing it…
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    • Moyo Mamora

      March 04, 03 2013 08:35:37

      Very true. I think one of the best things we can do for our youths is to instill in them a culture of continuous learning.

  • Grayson Pope

    February 28, 02 2013 11:13:09

    Great thoughts Moyo. I especially like your point about “Nobody ends up a success in life without making a conscious decision to be one.” My pastor has a saying I really like which is that people don’t set out to screw up their lives and live a life with no meaning. They just don’t plan NOT to. When we plan to live a purposeful life, we find the path to unlocking our potential more and more clear.

    • Moyo Mamora

      March 04, 03 2013 08:34:12

      Hello Grayson, thanks for stopping by. Your pastor is spot on! Going over to check your post on How being a father has made you more like Jesus. Sounds very interesting. Stay blessed sir!

  • A

    February 28, 02 2013 11:42:57

    Very good key points for unlocking ones potential. I must say also success (career) is not an all night journey, its takes time but with diligent working it can be attained. Thank you sir for this!

    • Moyo Mamora

      March 04, 03 2013 08:31:31

      Very true. It’s a journey, and that’s why I encourage patience and persistence on the road to success.

  • Dan Black

    February 28, 02 2013 12:23:47

    Great points man! Each of your points are essential. I think knowing self is one of the top ones, we have to know our personality, strengths, purpose, and passions if we are going to be successful and reach our potential.

    I really enjoy your writing style, keep writing great content!

    • Moyo Mamora

      March 04, 03 2013 08:29:50

      Thanks Dan for your contribution. You are indeed right! Knowing yourself is a big part of discovering your purpose.

  • tcavey

    March 04, 03 2013 11:14:18

    Excellent post! Reminds me of your book 🙂

    I’m really enjoying reading your book and have been telling so many people about it!
    Thanks for sharing your gift from God with the world!

    • Moyo Mamora

      March 05, 03 2013 11:17:55

      Thanks TC, i’m glad it’s blessing you. My joy is to empower people with God’s wisdom, so I do that through every avenue I find.

      I’ll be expecting a huge purchase order from someone you told about my books 😀

      Be blessed!

  • Ridwan

    May 09, 05 2013 06:07:59

    Thanks for this brillant piece.
    I knw dat i’m a my real self within, but my problem is ‘what i call conflicts of desire’ as i always see myself havin capacity to do many things, and i also have problem with my introvert and sceptical nature as i find it difficult to make friends easily.
    Please moyo wat do u suggest to me.

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