Some studies suggest that we use only 10%-20% of our brain’s potential. How many of you have heard this stat before? If these studies are true, then that means that we are not using 80%-90% of our brain’s potential. That’s huge, right? What the studies further suggest is that there is tremendous untapped potential within each of us!!
I recently was talking with a friend and she stated that she wanted to do more. I was excited and wanted hear more; so I said, “Okay great, what do you have in mind?” Her response was, “Um, I don’t know.” My first inclination was to say, “What do you mean, you don’t know.”
Check out my video to find out what happened next.
But a part of me really understood what she meant. I know this won’t apply to everyone but if some of us were really honest with ourselves. There is something within us that wants more but we don’t know what that something is or we don’t know how to obtain it.
I believe that to really understand the potential within us that is screaming, crying, wining, nagging, and begging to come forth, we first need to think!
We think about the questions like:
1. What do you like doing?
2. What comes easy for you?
3. What do others see in you?
Actually, the first two questions are what I asked the my friend. And guess what? She didn’t know. But she asked me what do I see in her? Honesty, I thought okay you are not being fair. This is inner exploration is something that you must do for yourself; I can’t do it for you.
But think about Helen Keller who became blind and deaf as a very young child lost her earring and her sight due to an illness. Many people thought Helen Keller had little or no potential to be a contributor to society. She was thought to be dumb and incapable being or doing more.
Yet there was something within her.
Her teacher Anne Suvillian saw within Helen great potential. She taught Helen to sign, read and write in braille and later to she taught Helen how to speak. As a result, Helen authored eight books, won an Academy Award, in addition, to many other achievements.
Helen once wrote, what I am looking for is not out there, it is within me. Rainer Rike said it like this, “The only journey is the one within.”
So , if it is true that we don’t use 80% to 90% of our potential;
I want to leave you all with this question or if you will a challenge: As a leaders within this organization, in our communities, and homes, what questions do we need to ask yourself and those around us in order for us all to explore the tremendous untapped potential within?
How are you helping or challenging those around you to use or explore their potential? Please leave a comment below.
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