These days, it seems that it’s hard to find just two people that agree on anything. But today, I’ve found ten different people from all walks of life who all agree on one thing about your potential (and mine). So, let me tell you something you already know.
I’ve never been the subtle type. So, we’re going to start off with this zinger…
Your body is capable of at least twenty times what you think it is. – BUD/S instructor quoted by Mark Divine, Navy SEAL and founder of SEALFIT (born 1963)
Ouch. Leave it to the SEAL’s to tell it like it is. They would know.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. – Dr. Napoleon Hill, success expert and author of Think and Grow Rich (1883-1970)
Napoleon Hill had a way of telling people the truth about success in as simple terms as possible, to the point where it almost seemed too simple. He is so spot-on that you almost have to read his work twice to understand how simple it really is.
Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! – Anne Frank, Jewish victim of the Holocaust (1929-1945)
Anne Frank wrote that in her journal shortly before her death at 15 years old. I’m sure it was her hope that more children could realize this at such a young age and believe it all throughout life.
No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime. – James T. McCay, time management expert and author
The clock is ticking. So, don’t let tomorrow be a repeat of today (unless today was awesome).
The ultimate creative capacity of the brain may be, for all practical purposes, infinite. – George Leonard, pioneer of human potential and author of the book Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment (1923-2010)
I find that equally inspiring and humbling. So, what are you going to do about it?
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right… There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do. – Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, pioneer of mass production and industrialized business (1863-1947)
Henry Ford was well ahead of his time not just because he was a man with good ideas, but because he understand and challenged his own potential. And because of that, he changed the course of the world. Yes, that’s one more example that just one man can make a difference.
Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential… If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee, martial artist (1940-1973)
In an article about potential, it would be remiss not to mention the late Bruce Lee, who accomplished more in his short career than most people do in a lifetime – all because he lived what he preached.
Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. – Orison Swett Marden, founder of Success Magazine (1850-1924)
You, too, can awaken the giant within if you would choose to feed it every day.
The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good. ― Brian Tracy, Personal Development Speaker, Author, Coach (born 1944)
Those seeking adventure should take a lesson and look within.
When you think that you are DONE, you’re only 40% into what your body is capable of doing. – David Goggins, U.S. Navy SEAL and ultra-marathon runner (born 1975)
Coming from a guy who runs 100+ mile races under some of the worst imaginable conditions, I think he’s got at least some credibility concerning that figure. So, remember that next time you’re thinking of giving up.
Now, don’t let anybody – especially yourself – tell you that you can’t do something. Please share this post if you agree that each one of us needs to be reminded of this from time to time.
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