I recently read a story of a St. Louis doctor who met a young man in high school who had lost his hand at the wrist. When the doctor asked about his handicap, the young man responded, “I don’t have a handicap sir, I just don’t have a right hand.” The doctor later learned that the young man was one of the leading scorers on his high school football team. He was able to grow and achieve in spite of what some people saw as a handicap.
This made me wonder what is currently limiting my potential. I may face challenges, and while they might be legitimate obstacles, I get to decide whether they interrupt my journey toward my potential … or if they will halt my growth altogether. No matter what work I do or where I do it, my greatest challenge is me! Business philosopher and author Jim Rohn may have said it best when he expressed, “In order to do more, I’ve got to be more!” I like this statement a great deal because it reminds me that as long as I am continuing to grow, my potential is also continuing to grow. When I accept perceived road blocks or handicaps, then I have accepted that my potential is limited. In reality, it is like trying to move forward by staying in the same place.
What is your potential? Have you ever felt that you were stuck in some aspect of your life? Do you want to lose weight but you seem to have stalled? Perhaps the greatest handicap any of us has is not realizing our potential. What dreams do you have that are just waiting to be fulfilled? What gifts and talents are inside of you that are dying to be drawn out and developed? The gap between your vision and your present reality can only be filled through a commitment to maximize your potential. Remember the words of Jim Rohn, “In order to do more, I must be more!” What are you willing to be?
By Cindy Deweese July 7, 2017
Hello! We have know each other a long time. I just want to say from the bottom of my heart that I think you are a Remarkable Person and a Wonderful President.
I really love to read your articles, especially this one.
By Barb Cady July 12, 2017
Thanks so much, Cindy! I love you too and treasure you dearly!
By Rebecca Achilles April 25, 2017
Guess it’s time to get off the pitee pot! I am a capable woman full of excuses! God gave me a strong healthy body & if it is meant to be it’s up to me!
By Mabel Semler April 24, 2017
Thank you Barb! This really hit home and has spurred me on to share this with many. I have a 14 year old totally blind Autisic (Young man) Our grandson who has made wave in many fields. His blindness,hearing loss, and Autisim do not hold him back from anything,so who are we who use any excuse in the book to keep us from attaining our Goals? Will be sharing this with our Chapter tonight. Thanks so much for your input!!!
By Sharon Young April 17, 2017
Thank you Barb! I have printed a copy and will share this blog with my members this week. Many do not have access to a computer or are unwilling to navigate this site. We are working on some programs to remedy this.
By Barb Cady April 19, 2017
Thanks so much for helping your members become familiar with their website and all its resources!!
By Ron Wenberg April 17, 2017
this one really hits home as our oldest son is “physically challenged” or whatever the politically correct term is these days. We’ve always told him to do the best that you can do and don’t quit or give up. If something doesn’t work this way then do it another way. Example – before he left for school his bed had to be made. Because of his limitations I didn’t expect it to look like an army bed. Just throw up the bedspread over the pillow, wrinkles are fine. No one saw that bed all day except me. That he could do and still does today as an adult. Great article – not only for weight loss, but just every day life.