How can you maximize what you don’t use? How can you use what you don’t know you have? Maximizing potential begins with discovering your potential. You are not without potential, but the challenge is that you are yet to find out what yours is.
WHAT IS POTENTIAL?
“And unto one he gave five, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.”Matthew 25:15
Your Potential is the ability you have to do a thing that you have not yet done. Potential is a power you have that you haven’t learned how to use. God gave every man potential. It is an innate ability that distinguishes you from every other person. Your potential is a gift from God to be used on earth.
While some call it natural talent, others call it a God-given ability. But, the main thing is that you were born with a gift from God and maximizing this potential must be your priority.
Many discover their potentials early in life due to environmental interplay, early grooming, and exposure. However, it took some other people years to realize theirs. The good news is that discovering your potential is insignificant compared to how you use it after discovery.
Your potential should fulfill these three conditions:
- Glorify God- God has given you the potential as a gift. Your gift back to God is to use your potential to the glory of His name. Therefore, you need to stay connected to God to express your potential maximally.
- Bring fulfillment to you- Amazingly, your potential dedicates the direction for your purpose. You find fulfillment when what you do with your potential is what you are created to do.
- Bless people- Being able to replicate your ability in others is the best thing you can do for humanity. Train people, build them and let them learn from what you have or know.
If what you do is void of these 3, then it is no longer a right use of potential but something you choose to do for yourself, maybe an ambition or abuse of God’s gift.
MAXIMIZING YOUR POTENTIALS-HOW TO DO IT?
Once you have found out your Go-given ability, the next thing for you to do is learn how to make effective use of it. This is where maximizing potential comes in. How do you maximize your potential?
1. Put Your Best in Every Task You are given to do
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”Ecclesiastes 9:10
Being your best at a task exposes you to various things you could do that you never knew if you had not tried.
2. Maximizing Potentials requires you to pay attention to your natural inclinations
“And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.”Luke 2:46
This is how parents ought to help their children develop their potential to maximum use. For instance, when he was a boy, he sat back in the synagogue listening and talking with the doctors of the law, the philosophers, and the priest. This is a natural inclination for Him. Other children might have gone to sit on the drum set, chorister, or even play with other children.
So, identify what your heart naturally gravitates to and pay attention to it well. It is a potential you have, and maximizing these potentials requires your attention.
3. Maximizing Potentials requires Long Hour of Studies
Studying enlarges your mind with a capacity to accommodate information that grows you. Learn to study books that answer questions in your heart. When you keep questioning a thing, your question shows that you are the answer to such a thing. Hence, the reason you need to study in that direction.
4. Being able to maximize your potential requires revelation
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.Galatians 2:2
Revelation comes through knowledge. This is an important part for every believer who wants to maximize their potential. The revelation you receive through meditation on God’s word opens you up to your duty to God, yourself and the world. Yes, working with your potential is an assignment you must complete.
The Bible talked of how he read the scroll, where it was written concerning how God anointed him with the Holy Ghost and with power, to heal the sick, raise the dead, and bring salvation to humanity (Luke 4:18).
Search the scripture, dig into it and you will find what is revealed concerning you there. Once you’ve discovered what is truly yours, then maximizing it becomes your responsibility.
When God gives you his gift, He also wants you to grow such gift through training, learning, mentorship, instructions and usage. It is not humility to say you can’t do something that you know it’s a potential in you. You learn even by practice and setting goals.
Your potential points the direction for your purpose. Purpose is fulfillment in that which you love to do. Whatever you do for your purpose is not for what you will be given or the reward you will receive afterward.
Purpose is bigger than that award, reward, medal or that achievement. Purpose is fulfillment; the peak of satisfaction you derive from what you do, regardless of what you get or don’t get in return. When you love what you do, a feeling of acquaintance to the things that satisfy you, your motivation wouldn’t be externally driven but internally inspired.
What makes a man a failure in life most times is the feeling of complacency when he gets rewarded for a momentary feat or the pain of receiving an award for a great feat, which doesn’t reflect his purpose. Therefore, discover your God-given gift, develop it and use it to fulfill your purpose here on earth.
Maximizing this gift called potential is what will make you stand before kings. Learn how to use what you have. Learn by usage, learn from others.