The spoken or written word has powerful potential. The mass media strives to utilize this potential with every post.
Goals and plans have incredible potential when researched, thought out, written down, verbalized and maintained through implementation.
Leadership involves potential. Recognizing potential relates back to the discussion of character. When character consists of qualities such as integrity, honesty, decisiveness, and strong work ethic there is a strong foundation for the greatest potential.
Everyone has potential! However, we must work to develop our abilities to reach our greatest potential. As leaders, we must also determine a plan by which we can help others reach their greatest potential, utilizing the qualities and skills of each person to achieve the common goal.
Within the realm of spiritual leadership, recognizing potential is a necessity. Too often potential is hindered by the limitations placed upon self, others, and ultimately God. How can someone reach their greatest potential? How can leaders help others reach their greatest potential?
Consider the following:
1) Do not limit God!!!! Leaders must not allow themselves to think God cannot do it because “I” cannot do it.
2) Start thinking “BIG” Since God is able to do “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” Eph. 3:20, then the question becomes, how big can we think? Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For someone who built an empire from the concept of an animated mouse, just what can God accomplish through us in a real way?
3) Verbalize the possibilities Far more than merely thinking about it, leaders must verbalize the power of potential.
4) Develop the plan into smaller sections (stages) Doug McNary, former president of Western Union, refers to it as “The Rule Of The Elephant.” The idea is based upon the question, “how do you eat an elephant?” The answer is simply, “one bite at a time.” The analogy emphasizes the need to achieve goals and plans by breaking them down into smaller stages.
5) Begin NOW! Procrastination must not be a part of the equation. An old African proverb claims “the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The application is true in reaching our potential. The best time to start was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.