As I write this I am sitting on a train with half-full of people I don’t know and likely never will. I don’t know their names, their jobs, or their hopes and fears. I don’t know why they are on this train. But I do know one thing about them all. Every single person in this carriage is full of untapped potential aching to be released.
Nobody ever reaches their full potential. We can all always do better, even the very few that ever come anywhere near realising their full potential. For potential to be realised takes 2 things: opportunity and effort. But more than that, if you keep putting in the effort then the opportunity will come eventually.
The trouble is that most of us find it very hard to keep putting in our best efforts for an extended time without a shred of encouragement or any sign that we are making progress at all. I know that this can be a big issue for me. Unfortunately we now live in a world that demands instant gratification and that is really not helpful to how life generally pans out.
Playing the long game is hard but it is often the only game in time. There are countless examples of people winning awards for being the best newcomer in a field they have worked in unnoticed for many years.
So I think there are 2 things we can do. Stick at it. Keep trying even when your dream seems to be going nowhere. Success comes through perseverance – overnight achievement will likely be gone just as quickly. Secondly, recognising that we all thrive on encouragement and positive feedback, let’s all try and do better at encouraging each other. What’s even better than realising more of your potential is seeing others come on that journey with you.