If a business owner, manager, pastor, ministry leader or mentor says you have potential, it probably means they see something good in you and have aspirations for your future.
But it also means you haven't arrived.
So, what do you do?
Here's some simple steps to make the gap between where you are and where you're going a bit less stressful and avoid those uncomfortable 'are we there yet?' moments:
Potential can mean a bunch of things - Excelling in your industry, successfully managing a team or leading a ministry, possessing a strong command of a certain technical/operational skill, etc. So, what is it? Define, as best as you can, what is meant by potential. Then...
2/Map it Out:
What are some specific steps you can take to attain or draw closer to that envisioned potential? Maybe it's signing up for a night class so you can pick up additional skills or shadowing a co-worker/manager for some time. The tasks will vary depending on your situation but the idea is to have an actionable plan!
Likewise, surround yourself with people that are further along in their career and life and can offer you support. Ask them questions, listen, observe their actions and habits, take them out for lunch, and take notes. If you don't have someone that you can regularly interact with face-to-face, search for and connect with someone online (via LinkedIn, Skype, etc.) and maintain consistent communication.
Strive to gain small, quick wins as you progress towards your 'potential' and don't expect to arrive overnight. Growth takes time. Foster an attitude and work ethic of diligence and excellence as opposed to hastily checking off a to-do list.
Keep the Fire Burning,
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