Potential can be viewed as a feeling – a feeling of adequacy and satisfaction of a job well done. It’s a feeling that is so much better when shared. You know how when you complete a project or come up with a great idea you can’t wait to tell someone? Who is your “someone?” Probably a combination of your biggest supporters and someone who understands. And this is a different group each time depending on the project.
And when you have a great “someone” around you, it’s much easier to accomplish projects and tackle new ideas. I know that when I rely only on my viewpoint and ideas, that’s all I get – my limited perspective. But if I gather a handful of folks around the table and ask for input and help, horizons are broadened. I am presented with ideas I wouldn’t have thought of and I’m given the opportunity to make my original goal even better.
While rounding at Fairfax several months ago, a nurse in the Women and Children’s building commented that the team environment makes a huge difference in terms of feeling like work has purpose because folks feel that they’re part of a larger community. She said that folks generally stick around because they like the people they work with and that is why she has stayed.
A great team can make all the difference. For just about every goal or idea someone has, there’s been someone who has either done it, knows something about it or is thinking about doing it. I try to learn from those around me, try new things, push my boundaries and assume there is a better way. If we all use our unique talents on a daily basis to make a difference, we can all take the leap into the great scary idea of change together, as a team, with the confidence of a great future ahead.
So, back to the question of “Am I living my full potential?” I think for me, it’s being willing to push myself into areas that make me uncomfortable. It’s being willing to acknowledge that mistakes are okay because at least I am trying. So when I get anxious about the future, I remind myself that our real progress is created by our inner strength and so long as we support each other, we’ll be able to keep up with this ever changing world. Potential is created by combining talent, excitement and the courage of being willing to face the unknown, because of knowing that I have a great team at my side. Buckle up and live your potential!
I’d like to hear your stories. How do you know when you’re living your full potential?