Dominate Your Own Potential

“To be successful does not mean you have to dominate others;

It means you have to dominate your own potential.” 

 I LOVE that statement! YOU are in control of this situation..this situation of YOU. Can you manage (a better word than control) your potential if you do not know what your potential is?

Six months before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967 in a talk titled “What is Your Life’s Blueprint.”  In this talk he said:

“And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn’t do it any better.

             If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”

Sit down with yourself, make a list of what you love, what you do easily, where your knowledge lies…where your dreams seem to always take you. Many times this IS your potential..it will be right in front of you.We tend to ignore this ‘potential thing’ because it appears too easy or as wish. But most often when you allow yourself to see, its like walking into a clear meadow, a place of shining sun, fresh air and empowerment. Then embrace your potential! Breathe in the middle of it! And do what Mr. King said..Be Your Best….

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