Posts tagged potential
Destined for Greatness

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is quite simple. Mediocrity prompts a man to lower his standards to fit in. Greatness allows him to rise above circumstances to reach his potential.

For it’s only by believing in himself, the greatness God has placed within, that others are able to recognize greatness and believe in him.

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Become the Best You

Become the best version of you. Don’t try to be like someone else. Don’t force yourself to develop skills that aren’t natural for you. Don’t try to do something that’s not a real desire of your heart.

If your talent is singing, sing with all of your heart and develop it. If your skill is playing basketball, play with enthusiasm and develop it. If your talent is writing, write with inspiration and develop it. If your interest is painting, paint with passion and develop it. Do what you love and love what you do. Spend time developing skills that come naturally to you.

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Stretch for Success

What if a rubber band refused to stretch? It might not expand to reach its potential. It may lose elasticity and fail to get back in shape. It might not be willing to hold things in place.

A rubber band’s ability to stretch gives it value. Flexibility enables it to expand, and this leads to growth. While adaptability is essential, resilience allows it to bounce back to realize its full potential.

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Raise the Bar

Imagine that you’re running through an obstacle course. You have many challenges to overcome along the way. Some prompt you to stoop down, while others demand that you reach high. All require that you calculate risk and make quick decisions with ease.

Midway through the competition, you hit a big hurdle. To make it to the next level, you have to crawl under a barrier and raise the bar. Then, you have to find a way out of a small contained space to make it to the final stretch. You’re taken back by this obstacle, as you didn’t train for it. You’re determined to stand out, so you refocus your mind to push through a mental block.

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Hidden Treasure

Gifts and talents that come naturally to you may seem too simple. This may cause you to assume that others experience the same ease. In turn, you may view them as insignificant.

While they may be effortless for you, this doesn’t make them unimportant. They're called gifts because they've been given to you by grace. It isn’t your role to determine their value. Your responsibility is to take what you’ve been given and make the most of it.

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Step Outside the Box

True change is on the inside. Outside influences lose power to control you. But the impact of that change is only felt when you allow yourself to be stretched. While you may seek comfort, growth is limited by the familiar. If you hope to examine life beyond the four walls of your box, you must first be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

If a desire to change is stronger than fear of change, you’ll find the courage to take a step. Step into what you’re meant to do, and you’ll become all that you’re called to be.

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Don't Quit

Following dreams is like walking a tightrope. The first step is the hardest. You can’t turn back. Hope keeps you going. Faith takes you to the other side.

Expect great things to happen. Walk in that belief. What once felt impossible will feel within reach. What you achieve will only go as high as what you believe. Reach for your potential.

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Unlock Your Potential

If you allow ordinary life to keep you preoccupied, you won’t have energy left over to step into the extraordinary. A desire to reach your full potential may be there, but you just might lack the courage to act on it. You need to find the keys to unlock your potential. Once found, do whatever it takes to stay encouraged. 

Even the smallest step deserves recognition and should be celebrated. Don’t wait for praise or approval from others. You are your own best advocate. Do it for yourself. Inspire Yourself to Action.

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Good Enough

Expecting a feeling of not being good enough to go away and never come back is unrealistic. Accepting that it will come back from time to time makes it easier to deal with. If you know the thought will come, you can decide how to respond ahead of time.

When it pops up, and I assure you it will, you have a choice. You can change your perspective and take action. Or, you can allow it to stop you. But, you can make the right decision despite how you feel.

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Stretch with Your Goals

Goals and dreams, the pursuit can seem endless. Willpower gets you going. Purpose gives you the will to keep going. Purposeful Action gets you where you’re going.

Yes, goals may feel like a stretch. Challenges may prompt you to step outside your comfort zone. Rest assured, you don’t have to do everything at once. Growth will stretch you. Grow with your goals. Learn as you grow. Step into your potential.


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Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection

A pursuit for perfection may drive you to do more, have more, and be more—but at what cost? And what happens when your purpose and perfectionism are in conflict?

In Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection, author and life coach Julie Barbera invites you on a journey from fear and doubt to discovering the courage to step out. After spending years struggling with an illusion of perfection and a feeling of insecurity, clear reflections in her cracked mirror gave her the courage to take a chance. 

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Doubt to Action

Life will never be free of doubt and insecurity. The path to greatness will never be completely straight. Mediocrity will tempt you along the way.

The road to greatness is paved with setbacks, doubt and discouragement. There's no growth without struggle. Challenges build true strength. You'll need it when you arrive. After all, greatness isn't about you. It's about what God wants to do through you.


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Challenged to Change

Change your perspective and your life will start to change. At every crossroads, you have a choice. You can let frustration set in, or you can allow challenges to change you for the positive.

If you wait for perfect circumstances, you’ll shortchange yourself and others. You have a purpose. A prerequisite isn’t that you be perfect. The world isn’t waiting for a perfect version of you. It’s waiting for a genuine version of you.

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Box Full of Expectations

Get ready to reorganize your box. It’s time to reprioritize to make room for what you really want to do in life. Daily expectations have their place, but they don’t need to take up all the space. Balance is key. Goals should be big enough to stretch you yet realistic enough that you can reach them.

Barriers placed around hopeful expectations hinder forward progress. Don’t limit faith and hope by shoving them to the side. Above all else, never try to fit God in a box. There will never be enough room inside.

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