Our True Potentials

What is a person capable of?
What are the potentials and how can we really use our full capacity?
A chapter in Johan Ernst Nilsons lecture “The Answer is Yes” is based on finding your true potentials:
“The most important is how we see ourselves. After years of traveling around in schools, companies and in personal coaching I always get surprised and sad when I realize how low people think of themselves in therms of potentials.
I use a technique in my lectures called NOX (No Excuses) which is based on the fact that we all have excuses when it comes to stop eating suger, quit smoking or something else that is a hard commitment. If we really want to get somewhere with all these commitments, then its all about making up our mind!
Its only you, and you alone, that can make that change.
How can we become Great if we settle for Good?
How can we become Happy when OK is what we aim for?
How can we reach our dreams when we aim for small goals?”

How we see other peoples potentials
If someone comes up to you with an idea based on something unusual, odd or even strange, the first reaction is most often to get this person away from this odd track and lead him/her into something you can understand and touch. We are OK with people who have dreams…as long as they don’t try to fullfil them. Because if they do then we will look bad, since we probably haven’t fulfilled our own dreams yet….and probably never will. We’re also worried that if this friend would fail then we will be a part of his failure. Its much easier to lead this person into a safe track where you wont look bad if this person fails.
So we stay within The Comfort Zone!

If we on the other hand would swim against the tide and look at our  True Potentials, we would soon realize that we have some much more to win by believing in ourselves and to support others on this odd journey called Dreams. Look at the iceberg in a different way and you will see a massive mountain of ice instead of just the snowy tip. But that would mean stepping outside the circle and taking a risk. Yes, we might loose. Yes, we might fail. But we might also win?! The only way to find out is to try and see what happens.

How can we ever know if we never try?
The possibilities are just waiting there to be discovered. Exploration is not a geographical journey but an inner discovery of our True Potentials!

Johan Ernst Nilson.