Life Lessons

Discover your hidden potential

Reflection of sapling as a tree in the water signifying potential
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Very few people know what potential is. Even fewer people understand that unearthing our potential permits us to transform ourselves, redefine our fortune and change our life itself. Knowing our potential helps us to understand in what field we can excel, and who we can be. This allows us to overcome our “doom” and make our dreams come true.

Potential comes from the root words “potency” and “potent” and refers to all the things we can be triumphant at if we develop and use our gifts, talents, aptitudes, knacks and natural capabilities. All of us have within us the seeds of greatness. But each one’s potential is different. We are all endowed with unique strengths and talents, whether this is a talent for display on the world stage, or on a small stage as someone who makes a difference to just a few other people.

Our personal potential is not limited to just one area of our life. We not only have career potential, but the potential to be great in love and human relationships. We have also the potential to live a vibrant, vivacious, healthy life using astuteness and do far-fetched work.

Many are held back because they don’t believe in their potential for success. They can’t see themselves beyond the run-of-the-grind life they are accustomed to. They look for opportunities from a limited perspective or perception of what they already have. As Eckhart Tolle said, “You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you.”

How do we discover our potential? Often it is easiest to discover what we do best by seeing what comes naturally to us and others struggle with. Brian Tracy affirms, “The potential of an average person is like a huge ocean un-sailed, a new continent un-explored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channelled towards some great good.”

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Shivanand Pandit, based in Goa, is a tax specialist, financial adviser, guest faculty and public speaker.

Shivanand Pandit

Shivanand Pandit, based in Goa, is a tax specialist, financial adviser, guest faculty and public speaker.