Updated: Jan 31, 2020
I love the saying, "All's well that ENDS well." Come on, who doesn't love a good ending to a movie or a great ending to a sporting event? However, I'm a big fan of the saying, "All's well that BEGINS well."
This week I will be the keynote speaker to the National Honor Society induction ceremony. Man, talk about "All's well that begins well." To be inducted into the NHS, one must excel in Scholarship, Leadership, Service & Character. Talk about students getting off to a great start in life! Sometimes we can find ourselves in life situations where we don't get off to a good start. Walt Disney experienced depression and extreme anxiety after creating Mickey Mouse. Why? Bankers rejected the concept of his famous mouse over 300 times before one said yes. So, I'd say he did not get off to a great start. To be honest, not getting off to a great start is pretty normal in life. Take one of if not the greatest NBA basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. Jordan was cut, did not make the high school varsity basketball team his sophomore year of high school. OUCH! Well, talk about a good ending, Jordan won 6 NBA Championships in his pro basketball career!
Listen, yesterday was a memory and tomorrow is a dream. What you have is the NOW. So what are you doing with the now? Every human being past, present or to come had, has or will have this in common--POTENTIAL. We all have potential but what we do with our potential is key. What are you doing with your potential?
At the end of my days, my expiration date, when I pass, I want to be able to say I have maximized my potential.
3 Insane Ways to Maximize Your Potential:
1. Choose positive thinking.
Positive thinking means choosing thoughts that feel good. Positive thinking is a mental attitude in which you expect good and favorable results even when life does not go as planned. Choosing to think positively is about choosing to look at life's ups and downs from a positive perspective and harnessing your power to seize the best in any circumstance.
If you lose your hearing, you can waste your life away feeling sad about the sounds that you’re missing out on. Or you can celebrate the heightened state of your other senses. You can appreciate and follow in the footsteps of Ludwig Beethoven, Marlee Matlin, Thomas Edison, Helen Keller and other famous hearing impaired people who achieved great success because they didn’t let their disabilities foil their outlook on the possibilities that lay before them. Neither positive nor negative thoughts will spontaneously restore your hearing, but one type of thought leads to healthy living, while the other encourages endless misery.
2. Choose positive choices.
It is not your talents or abilities, but your choices that ultimately decide your fate in life. You ARE your choices. Here is a thought: Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and honestly said, “I have a choice. I can choose positive choices which can move me forward in a good way in life or a negative choices I can make which can move me backwards in life." I did this once way back in college. It was kind of weird. I had gone through a rough time...a break-up with a girlfriend. I looked in the mirror and said out loud, "I'm going to move forward not backwards. So, my first step forward is to go to my college class and keep moving forward." You know what's really cool? At the end of that day, I actually gave myself a high-five and said, "Dude, I'm proud of you!"
3. Choose positive actions.
I've realized something about me. My worst enemy of today is my self-doubt. Let me tell you, self-doubt wants to take you and me down. The moment you doubt whether you can do something is the moment it becomes impossible for you. And guess what? Self-doubt wins.
You have to believe in yourself. You have to trust yourself. You might be nervous, but don’t you ever let any source of negativity in the world convince you that you don’t have what it takes. You do have what it takes but you MUST TAKE POSITIVE ACTIONS FORWARD.
Talk to me. Tell me what moved you from the 3 insane ways to maximize your potential. Also, tell me what you do to maximize your potential.