Heart, Spirit & Mind

Living up to our potential

Fork in the roadWithin all of us is a limitless field of possibilities and potential to create a better life for ourselves.  There is a little voice within our hearts that sings to us and asks us to explore new possibilities, new opportunities. It creates realities from long held dreams. It dares us to become powerful and joyful people, the people we are meant to be.

Unfortunately we aren’t always able to step into our potential.  In order to embrace our potential, we have to be ready for it, and ready to make changes when necessary in order to achieve it.  We have to be willing to do and be whatever is necessary in order to allow it to happen.

At moments of crossroads, we are often paralyzed. We know there is something better out there for us.  We know there is a way to live a happier life than we currently live. Yet somehow, we are trapped, not knowing how to connect to it.  Or, we know exactly what we should do but chose to do nothing. We know we are miserable and we know our life could be better if we stepped outside our comfort zone, toward the unknown.

We resist change because we allow our fears, doubts and uncertainty to stop us from taking a leap of faith that would bring forth a different, happier, more fulfilling future.   We are so filled with fear of the unknown that we seek another solution. We look for things that provide us more comfort and certainty. We seek something with a the appearance of a more solid foundation because it seems like a sure thing. When we do this, we ignore opportunities presented to us. We allow our potential and our dreams to take the back-seat in our lives.  We allow our our fears to take hold and control our lives, our future and our ability to fulfill our greatest potential.

Taking a leap of faith, does not guarantee success.  That is why it is a leap of faith.  It involves being optimistic about what is an uncertain path. A leap of faith demands that we are vulnerable and that we expose our heart’s desire to the harsh and unforgiving, capricious world.  Having trust in the unknown and uncertain can be difficult.  We talk ourselves out of it by feeding ourselves negative self-talk.  We tell ourselves, “What if it doesn’t work out?”, “What if I’m not appreciated for being myself?”, “What if the path I chose is not the correct path?”. “What if it is all a mistake?:”

When we gamble on potential we need to feel secure in ourselves and know that we made the right decision. We should not seek out others approval because we are on our own path. Others may not approve and they may challenge our resolve. Sometimes it challenges them to step up their game and expand their own potential.  They may often criticize you because it is easier to do that than face their own fears and demons. It is human nature to prefer and even cling to the familiar.  When you deviate from that, it challenges all those around you, some of whom may not want to be challenged.

You must have faith and trust yourself. You must have confidence that the journey you embark on will unfold exactly the way it needs to unfold.  By trusting and challenging yourself, you enable yourself to lead the life you are meant to lead. When faced with doubt, you will be able to tap into your own inner wisdom and give yourself permission to do what is true and authentic for you. In order to reach your fullest potential, you must allow life to unfold for you, in a new, uncharted and miraculous way.

It’s your life, and you only get one shot at it. What do you choose?

The road not taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

~ Robert Frost 

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