Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Discover Your Potential.

"You don't know what you can do in life until you discover those good things you enjoy doing with your life" - Oluwamayowa Adeniyi
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Lying in everyone born of a woman is an unrealized ability deposited in them by God. God did not create empty humans, men choose to live an empty life because they fail to discover the treasure hidden in their earthen vessels.
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I have never seen any great man in life who attained greatness without making the best use of his potentials. Go into the world of sport, religion, academics, computing, entrepreneurship and the likes, you'll discover that what made men and women great was as a result of the potential that was buried in them which when they discovered and utilized it, it marked them out for greater. 
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Your gift (potential) can only make room for you or bring you before great men when you use it wisely. 
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Do you desire to be great in life? Look inward and you'd discover that there's an undiscovered seed of greatness in you lying unnurtured.
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What is this seed (potential)?
Potential comes from the root words "potency" and "potent". It refers to the things you have within which you can be successful at if you develop and use your gifts, talents and skills.
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You don't just have one potential, you have several of them. You have career potentials, you have the potential to live a healthy life and to be great in love and human relationships when you apply wisdom. 
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How can I discover my potential?
Look within. There is something within that you do naturally which others struggle with. 
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Some people are naturally good at playing musical instruments while some struggle to make good music out of it. 
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Look within, there’s something you can do which your friends cannot do. Don't look at what others can do which you cannot do, you'll be frustrated but look at what you can do which they cannot do - that's your seed of greatness.
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Why should I discover it?
Gold that is left in the ore cannot be beneficial to those living around it and it cannot fulfill the purpose it was created for. There's a gift, a talent or potentials that God has deposited in you that is finding expression. Until you find it, you cannot live a fulfilled life. The only good that can happen to you is to be satisfied with the crumbs that life has to offer. 
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Note this, you cannot be useful in life and to your generation if you do not discover the potentials that God has deposited in you. Those who have discovered their potentials and are utilizing it are those who make good things to happen and those who failed to discover theirs, watch good things that are happening or destroy them. Don't be a spectator in life, let others watch you!
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More so, chances are high that you'll live in mediocrity or below average if you fail to discover the greatness in you. The gap between the rich and the poor, the successful and unsuccessful, the giver and the beggar are getting wider and larger everyday. Don't wait for the government to change the economy, let your gift make room for you in the economic sphere of your country. 
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Do you know that the most beautiful place in the world is not Paris, Tokyo or Miami, it's the grave? It's filled with men and women who were created to be great but they died with their talents - unwritten books, unsung songs, unutilized creativity, unheard speakers and preachers who were destined by God to affect their generation positively and eternally.
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A motivational speaker said, "I'll rather die empty than to go to the grave loaded". Will you also go to the grave with untapped potentials? 
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What else after discovery?
Now that you have gotten insights to what your potentials are, what are you waiting for? Activate it now!
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Don't entertain ignorance. That you don't know you have it is not an excuse to leave it unused. God has blessed everyone He created to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. He wouldn't have created you if you're going to be empty in life. 
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Seek knowledge. Know who you are. Discover why you're here and dig out your potentials. 
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Don't be intimidated by others. We are all graced with different abilities to make the world a better place. Everyone cannot write like Chinua Achebe. Everyone cannot sing like Nathaniel Bassey. We are created with our own uniqueness and the audience that needs the expression of your gift will definitely find you. 
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Trying to be like everyone is the beginning of failure and trying to please everyone is the height of frustration. If you sing like Don Meon, you're just his duplicate. Create your own style. Create your own identity and don't allow other's success to define your own worth. Don't be intimidated, celebrate your uniqueness! 
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Don't bargain with laziness. Laziness is the enemy of performance. You can't perform better in a thing if you are lazy in it. A lazy man will hunt an animal but laziness will prevent him from roasting it. 
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Don't give up. Keep getting better in it. One day, when your preparedness meets the right opportunity, you'll become a champion and a household name.
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What you do with your potentials defines your destiny and your placement in eternity. 
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Keep improving! One of the ancient secrets of success is consistency - doing the right thing over and over and getting better at it. No one lifts the Olympic medal by practicing once or occasionally; but repeated practice makes the difference. 
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Don't just sing when you're in the bathroom, sing often, train your voice and get some skills. Don't just write when you're inspired, inspiration may come once in a blue moon but when you write always and you improve, you'll master the art and craft of writing. 
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It's all great to develop and nurture your potentials to greatness but the greatest tragedy in life is not to die being loaded but to die without Christ. You may become the most famous man or woman on earth because of the greatness you command with your potentials but if your name is not written in the Book of Life, your earthly success is a colossal loss in eternity. 
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Do you have Jesus? 
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi.

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