“I have no doubt whatsoever that most people live whether physically, intellectually, or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness …. Much like the man, who, out of his whole body organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger …. We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon, of which we do not dream!”
“Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”
Our boy William, the father of American psychology, knew a thing or two about untapped potential: As a young man, he experienced a profound depression, which led him not only to rethink his life, but to begin to appreciate the interplay of mind and body – and how the mind affects our actions. Over time, he realized that our actions can alter our attitudes and that putting ourselves in motion can change our moods. What a deep discovery!
And consider just how liberating his view of our potential is: If we’re using only a “small portion” of our potential at any given moment, then that means we have vast reservoirs of ideas and creativity and inner knowledge that we can tap into at any time.
What a liberating mindset! Think about what this means in our creative work:
We have untapped ability to learn more and to apply what we’ve learned.
We have untapped ability to summon forth exciting ideas and fresh approaches.
We have untapped ability to change and grow and improve our craft.
So often, we focus on what we don’t have – enough experience, enough skill, enough talent, enough time, enough energy. And yet, William’s telling us that we have everything we need – and more – right now, to do the work we want and yearn to do.
And how can we unleash this potential? How can we tap into these vast reservoirs at our command? William’s answer: “Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”
When we bring devotion to our dreams, when we nourish them with time and intention, then we release amazing energy. And when that happens, the sky’s the limit! Write on!
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