Unlocking our Potential

Unlock-Potential (2)

I always hated when people would say “I see your potential” or “You have the potential to be…” to me, but as I mature and grow wiser, acknowledging my “potential” is something I’ve learned to embrace. Knowing that I’m working towards shattering the goals that I’ve created for myself fuels my existence. No one is born knowing what they have the potential to become, obviously, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to pursue. It is the pursuit that makes life that much more exciting- the thrill of the chase. But unfortunately, many people waltz through life failing to discover and embrace what they were put on this earth to achieve, and that’s why millions of people just exist. It’s those individuals that possess the ability to search, uncover, and go after their lives objective that become the true winners when it’s all said and done.

Everyone has a personal mission to pursue and no two missions are alike. On many occasions, I’ve witnessed several people try to achieve someone else’s goal because it brought that other person success, which is a frightening way to live. Life is a learning and feeling experience. Often times, we won’t know what will or won’t work for us if we don’t try, but that doesn’t mean we should mimic someone else’s movements.
Take me for example, I love clothes and admire people that can embrace their personal and unique styles, so I thought I would become the next June Ambrose (negative). After several failed PR internships in fashion and entertainment, and one too many conversations void of any real intellectual meaning or outcome, I decided fashion wasn’t for me. It just didn’t feel right and I personally knew that I had much more than a few stylish outfits to offer this world. That experience led me to my next and current stint- finessing the world of good ol’ Corporate Amerika (and for reasons greater than this post, I will not even begin my Corporate Amerika bashing)- I’ll just leave it as I don’t belong here, but I am here, and I’m not mad at that. I’ve always known that where I am is exactly where I’m meant to be. 

I often assess my life by analyzing my current position- by reflecting on the steps and experiences that led me to where I am today and doing that allows me to put my life in a greater perspective that extends much further than what I’m able to currently see. Vision. I always urge and encourage everyone in my life to be themselves because I believe and know that’s the first step in assessing one’s potential. If someone doesn’t know who they are or what they are not, how will they be able to make conscious decisions that reflect what they believe in? They won’t.
Stick to your ideals. Be different. Don’t let the decisions of those around you influence how you move and maneuver through life because you’ll only end up chasing someone else’s potential. Stay true to who you are.
We only have one life to live, so why waste it?
-Tamara
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