This MKE week is amazingly rich, this impresses me much!
I particularly love the idea that our potential is unlimited, yet not fully used. This energises me and gives me confidence that I can start many of the activities I desire at once, rather than waiting to create the time for each one of them. Realistic? … Euh.. i don’t know. I’ll tell you once I have experimented this…
Here are but a few of this week’s ideas on the unlimited potential:
First, Og Mandino, with this funny metaphor of our potential crying for mercy! “I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry proportion of my muscles do I flex. A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday.
I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.“
Then, Haanel, whiches pushes us to make use of the latent knowledge that we hold: “knowledge does not apply itself. … our actions are not governed by knowledge, but by custom, precedent and habit. … knowledge unused passes from the mind, … the value of the information is in the application of the principle.”
Another of Haanel’s teachings is huge as it gives us tools to develop our potential: the idea that we should use obstacles or problems as challenges from which to draw a lesson (wisdom) which, if applied, will make us grow, thus preventing the same kind of problem to arise again:
All conditions and experiences that come to us do so for our benefit. Difficulties and obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.
Og Mandino says it as well and encourages us to see through problems in this way: “I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements and heartaches are, in truth, great opportunities in disguise”. This idea was actually already clear in scroll 2.
So much more is in this week 15, and I might as well get back to it in one of my next posts. But on the unlimited potential, I would like to thank again the MKE team for having developed this great idea of the makeover with 13 weeks to focus on successive virtues. A great process I am eager to go through…