As a father I watched my kids go through the different stages in their life and have been asked every imaginable question. But the one that I found most interesting and more important is when they start wondering about their place in life, they ask what is the goal and purpose of life. They may think it is getting a great education and then earning a lot of money so you can live comfy, and those are good things, but that’s not it. Funny, but those things and so much more can be had only by this pursuit.
So what is it?
I tell them that it is living your potential. Their grandfather, Neil D. Jackson said it more than 50 years ago: “Go out and become what you are capable of by stretching yourself past the limits in your head.” It’s a shame that most people don’t entertain at all the life they can achieve. They take their greatness to the grave with them scared of their own potential. My Dad stepped out of his comfort zone and denied himself the safety of a life at home and set sail for the Amazon River. He was open to life’s possibilities.
Too often we choose to live a safe life instead of living what we are capable of becoming. Not living your potential is more than sad, psychologists now say that it is unhealthy. It creates stress when you live incongruently to your potential. In fact, Abraham Maslow wrote, “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”
And Jim Rohn once said, “The big challenge of life is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.”
To live to your potential will take you higher than any other decision you have made in your life. I truly hope that by reading this you will decide today to stretch as Dad said and find the potential that is deep inside you. When you do you will find you are then living the life that you were created to live.