I am writing a series of articles about reaching your God-given potential.
There is much to unpack when you decide to do your very
best in life with the gifts you were given.
This article is the first in several articles about what we talk about in our programs year in and year out as it relates to believing in and doing your best to reach your God-given potential.
What Does It Mean To Reach Your God-given potential?
Reaching your God-given potential means knowing you made the best possible effort to give it your all with the gifts God gave you.
Usually, when you do your best, you inspire others in some small or large way to do their best by your example.
One of the best examples of how to inspire others to create their breakthroughs is captured in the story of the first sub-four-minute-mile.
After the sub-four-minute mile was finally conquered by Roger Bannister after decades of many men trying, over 300 other runners ran sub-four within ten years of Bannister's historic run.
If you want to read more about the importance of breaking barriers, you can read an article called Become The First-Ever Barrier Breaker.
Inspiring others to do their best is contagious in a good way and an outcome of doing your very best.
Reaching your God-given potential is not just about you.
A natural outcome of reaching your God-given potential by doing your best is inspiring others through your actions to do the same.
Meaningful and long-term success is built on doing your best by giving it your all while helping others do the same along your journey.
One of the greatest coaches of all time, John Wooden, said, " Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made an effort to become the best you are capable of becoming."
Wooden consistently emphasized to each person to do their best to benefit others; in his case, the goal was to teach each person to do their best, which, in turn, helped the entire team perform at the highest level.
Wooden was one of the best coaches of all time in any sport, not only for the championships he won but, more importantly, for the life lessons he taught his players.
As a new coach, I read everything I could about John Wooden, even though he coached a different sport than I did.
Wooden was a fantastic coach in his sport, but even more impressive was how he used sport to teach mission-critical life lessons.
You can read more about John Wooden here.
Running to your potential has a limited life span and is fleeting as we age. The older we get, the slower we become.
However, the life lessons learned through running in youth are the exact opposite of the word fleeting.
The lessons can last a lifetime when learned well.
The first lesson to learn is to believe in and go after your God-given potential with all you've got.
Starting your journey with belief in the gifts God gave you is the foundation for the rest of your journey.
In my next article, I'll discuss why some people don't reach their God-given potential and how coaches and others can help those around them do their best.
Wooden's definition of success is still one of the best I've seen in decades of coaching.