By Errol Michael Henry
The impending holidays represent the best and worst of times for many people.
For those who are satisﬁed that they have made good progress, this is as good a time as any to celebrate their success.
For others it represents a period of uncertainty and provides numerous reasons for them to be fearful.
Having personal goals is a prerequisite of a success–filled life, but setting targets will not by itself facilitate fulfillment of your potential.
The annual pilgrimage to the homes of family or friends represents an ordeal that can prove deeply distressing; as questions (that seem to exist without answers) are ﬁred–off in rapid, endless succession.
· ‘Why aren’t you married yet?’
· ‘When are you going to get promoted from that dead–end job you’ve been doing for years?’
· ‘You’ve been slaving away trying to establish your own business for ages and you seemed certain that this year would be better than last — so what happened?’
· ‘Isn’t it time you settled down, bought a house and had some kids?
If you can put together all the pieces of your life puzzle- does the life that you are living now represent the fruit of all that you envisioned, considered and then implemented?
Or does it merely serve to illustrate the true and inescapable consequences of everything that you chose to ignore?’
Potential makes reference to future possibilities for success — but offers no cast–iron guarantees concerning achievement.
Secondly, the inclusion of the word latent infers that there is power available that has yet to be released. That is why people who are (allegedly) very talented have a greater likelihood of leaving this planet without having fulfilled their potential.
The more you have — the more you are required to (constructively) use.
Massive deposits of natural talent cannot safeguard against the possibility of unfulfilled potential — as a matter of fact, hugely gifted people are more likely to leave this earth with unused potential than those who possessed little.
But don’t even think about setting new life goals without ﬁrst obtaining new information. You can change your life outcomes if you make better choices than you did previously, but how can you make superior choices without ﬁrst improving the calibre of principles that shape your decision–making process?
New Knowledge sheds light on old ignorance.
The great thing about the close of one year and the beckoning of a brand new one is the knowledge that we get another chance to do better.
Let 2010 be the year that you sincerely endeavour to learn more; not just to try harder using the same mindset as in previous years.
Try in this coming year to increase the mutual beneﬁts derived from edifying friendships and positive associations; whilst limiting or eradicating altogether those that serve to drain away your mental resources.
That gnawing feeling of a life unfulfilled is nature’s way of alerting us that we still have more to learn, more to see, more to give — and more to do.
Always remember that you were designed to be successful (which is why failure feels so uncomfortable).
Never lose sight of your personal potential and keep in mind the simple truth that the natural gifts you already possess represent your best opportunity to do well in life.
Errol Michael Henry is a successful businessman and Personal Development Specialist. Henry is extremely passionate about the truth and the well being of others.
He is also the Founder and CEO of Matters 4 Life Ltd, Essential Training Consultants, author of ‘The Better Life Guide’ and owner of www.powerforyourlife.com a site where you can look forward to the coming year with hope and new opportunities to improve your life both personally and professionally.
Formerly, Henry founded The Intimate Music Group and has enjoyed success working with major record labels such as Arista, BMG, Warner Music, EMI and Atlantic Records to name a few.
[Article provided by the author.]