Inside each of us is something called “potential,” our job in life is to develop it. You might say our potential is a great gift. If we develop our potential and use it for good, we have done well. However, if we never develop our potential or squander it, we have done a great disservice not only to ourselves but those we might have helped over a lifetime.
If I gave each of you a rubber band and asked you: “What ways can you use this rubber band?” No doubt I would get many different answers, but I bet there would be a large number who would say “stretched.” In life, we are much like the rubber band. Most humans want to be stretched. Most of us only use a small fraction of our ability, because we are never stretched. Did you know that 42% of college graduates NEVER read another book in their lives after they graduate? This is truly sad!
Are you one on the millions who settle for “average”? There is a “tension gap” between our potential and our motivation to become better. If there is no tension on your rubber band, you will never become better. Abraham Maslow said this: “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”
Stretching always begins from the inside-out. All of our potential begins inside of us. Most Americans hate their job but do nothing to change their job. You are in this exact place in time, because of the choices you made in the past. If you want to do something else, then you must stretch yourself to maximize your potential.
When we stretch, there will be change. It very hard to change the present, if you are always looking at your past. Allen Cohen said: “Your history is not your destiny.” The greatest season when we are stretched is when we do something we have never done before.
Did you know that when you stretch yourself, you set yourself apart from others? Take a look at our country today, what do you see? You see a populace who has grown complacent and satisfied with mediocrity. This attitude puts all of us at risk.
Stretching and Lifelong Learning goes hand-in-hand and must become a lifestyle if we are to move forward. The greatest enemy of tomorrow’s success is today’s success. This is when we become derailed.
For most of us as we grow older, we lose the tension, and this undermines our growth toward living out our full potential.
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