Before the holidays I was urging readers to not play small but rather strive to achieve their potential.
Interesting what 2 weeks on the beach with a few good books can do!
Now I’m wondering what would happen if we didn’t strive to achieve? Perhaps striving is information that we’re not actually doing what we should be?
What is the difference between the results of someone who effortlessly accomplishes something and someone who must exert additional effort and time to achieve the same task? Is the value of the result greater for the person who had to expend more effort?
How do we measure accomplishment? How do we know when our potential is reached? What are the measures of success? Is it the attainment of particular goals? Whose goals?
Is potential expended energy or innate talent? What does it mean to be called a ‘high potential employee’? Does it implicitly mean that senior management expect us to work hard and expend effort to achieve a result that may have economic value for the company but isn’t necessarily aligned with what we’re interested in or passionate about?
Shouldn’t potential be dormant within us, ready to be tapped into, rather than something that has to be mined like a deep vein of gold? If something is very hard to achieve, or doesn’t interest us, perhaps that’s information we’re heading in the wrong direction.
I’ve come up with a new definition of potential. We know when we’re tapping into our potential when we focus our talents on something that interests us to achieve a result that adds value (for us, our workplace, family, community or world). A result that makes us feel proud! A neat formula for this is P=F+I+T. A neat fit – and perfect alignment!