The truth is we all are mobile goldmines waiting to be explored and the best person to open up this heavenly deposit is YOU.
I have read some books and web article about ‘How to discover your potentials’ but I believe some of the cogent facts needed are lost in the big vocabulary used and there is tendency to get bored and stop reading. With this point in mind I decided to break it down the classroom way.
What does it mean to discover?
Discover: to realize that a person has exceptional talent or unusual beauty, and help to bring him or her to prominence
What is potential?
Potential: is a capacity to develop, succeed or become something
With the definition of keywords out of the way, there are steps to be taken to discover your potentials.
KNOW YOURSELF: You can’t discover the potentials in you until you fully know who you are. It’s not enough to just dream of becoming great and think greatness will fall upon you like rain drops; you have to consciously take bold steps to achieving greatness. To have full knowledge of yourself, there are important questions you need to answer:
What am I passionate about?
What do I enjoy doing most?
What absorbs my attention most?
What activities do I do voluntarily?
What are you naturally good at?
What do you do that people tell you ‘you’re so good at that?’
What do you secretly believe you can do, but have never truly pursue?
What do you often do that is a blessing to others?
Answering this questions truthfully and in the most plain and simple way, will help you understand who you really are because only then you can take a step in the right direction.
EDUCATE YOURSELF: Having a grasp of ‘who you are’ and ‘what you want to do’ takes you to the next step; which is to equip yourself with knowledge and skill required. EDUCATION is the key to knowledge acquisition, a statement I completely agree to but contrary to popular opinion that education can only be obtained in the classroom which I totally disagree with. There are different forms of education. With your permission of course, let’s do a bit of social studies: We have formal and informal Education. Formal education is classroom-based, provided by trained teachers while informal education is what we learn outside the four walls of a classroom in an after school programs, community-based organizations, museums, or at home.
For you to be taken seriously and to be capable of translating your potential to profit you have to be well enlightened, know something about everything and learn a lot of people skills except of course if what you’re selling is for animals.
PUSH YOURSELF: If you have ever seen a NIKE logo, you will notice right below the logo a slogan that reads ‘Just do it’. To most of us, our potentials seems outrageous and scary that we just want to let it go, but guess what; the whole world is desperately waiting to buy into that great potential, if only we could just do it. Below is a quote I think might help clear this up:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
So search within you, find that innate potential and LET YOUR GREATNESS SO SHINE!!!
Babalola Michael Tayo.