As we focus on knowing ourselves, one aspect of that is being aware of our potential. For children and adults, messages impact who we think we are and what we can do. As we saw in last week’s Wellness Wednesday, the messages we interpret as true become our beliefs about ourselves.

  • True messages that become our beliefs help us develop our potential.
  • False message that become our beliefs block our potential.

Just as water and energy from the sun activate the potential in a seed, beliefs activate potential in a person.

In the beloved children’s book The Little Engine That Could, the Little Blue Engine is asked to pull the long train over the mountain to children on the other side. Even though she’s a small engine previously only used for switching trains, someone believed she was capable of more. By being asked to do more, she believed that she could. “I think I can…I think I can…I think I can” is the message she told herself as she began this new task. The Little Engine’s full potential was influenced by whether she believed she could only be used for switching trains or had the strength to accomplish larger feats.

“Whether you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

We are all Little Engines with enormous potential. That potential gets activated when someone believes in our potential. When that belief becomes our belief, our potential gets activated.

1. Who is someone whose belief in you activated your potential?
2. Who is someone who needs you to believe in them so his or her potential can get activated?

From our Top 20 team, Willow, Tom, and Kevin, believers in human potential.

Paul Bernabei
Top 20 Training