Living Our Fullest Potential

Today on Facebook I posted this quote from Steve Maraboli’s The Power of One, “Today, you have the opportunity to transcend from a dis-empowered mindset of existence to an empowered reality of purpose-driven living. Today is a new day that has been handed to you for shaping. You have the tools, now get out there and create a masterpiece.” I love the hope, the promise, and the celebration of this quote. It is a reminder of the gift we are given each and every day. We have so much potential within. Most of us barely touch it or access it. I can’t help but wonder what stops us. For some of us it is drumming up the courage. It takes some risk, some self-empowered thinking, and some daring-ness to tap into our fullest potential. Our society does not always support it. We are cautioned as children to not be too bold or too proud. We are often called arrogant and full of our selves when we step up and declare our strengths and gifts. We are not always supported and celebrated for living lives that are full and rich. Sometimes we receive others opinions of resentment for our wanting more.

But if we can garner up the courage and step into our rightful power and take the gift of the new day then the magic can happen. We can transcend our place of powerlessness, of living small and of not accepting the brilliance the Universe holds for us. We simply need to make the commitment to self that we are worth the effort. This is the first and most important step in moving forward into the opportunities that await us.

Secondly, we need to be mindful of the tools we carry within. Practice affords us the skill we need to use them to their fullest potential. Practice helps keep us aware of what we have within and how to bring it into our daily lives. Take the risk of making a mistake and learning from it - that is a gift in itself! Not worrying about others opinions or feedback to our every move and decision makes room for our choices to grow, rearrange, and become solid steps forward instead of cautionary what ifs and should haves.

We need to learn to take ownership of our potential and of the gift of each day. By doing so we create opportunities for ourselves to live creatively, to explore so many possibilities, to try them on for size without worry about the perfect fit or the possibility of failure. Without failure, we will not grow and we will not have disappointment and yearning or longing. Those are the seeds to growth. If we are too satisfied with our life, why would we want to change?

Change is all around us. Notice the seasons, the plant life, the creatures we share this earth with and the evolving nature of our bodies. There are aspects of change that we cannot control, so we instead should embrace the flow. We should learn to make the best of it. We should allow the forward movement become a part of out journey and let it lead us into the unfolding of each day and see what it reveals. With this perspective we can grow and evolve and find ways to tap into our potential.

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.

~ Marianne Williamson

Blessings ~ Lisa

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