Monday, May 18, 2009

How to Unleash Your Hidden Potential?

“Humanity has only scratched the surface of its real potential.” -Peace Pilgrim

We are aware that all of us are blessed with certain talents and we have huge hidden potential. But very few people realize the same. What are the stumbling blocks for realizing hidden human potential? Is it because a few people think they do not possess? Or is it because even if people realize they don’t persevere up to the hilt? Let us find out the same.

Self-Belief and Passion:

First of all, you have to believe in yourself strongly that you have the hidden powers so that you can explore and exploit the same towards success. Having firm belief in this and being passionate will remove any obstacles that arise on the way towards success. Firm belief will tap your inner hidden energies and passion will give you kicks constantly unmindful of the results. Passion will not allow you to look at success frequently. Rather, it will drive and stay you focused on the amount of inputs. At times, being results-focused may take the people out of gear especially when people do not get results. But being passionate keep you on track thus taking you ultimately towards success.

Story of a Jailed Soldier:

Once upon a time, a soldier who was caught in war was chained and arrested. He was taken to a far away island and kept in a cave with doors closed and locked. Initially, he tried to break the lock to escape. Since it was locked he could not escape. He was provided with water and limited food to survive. He tried to break the lock for a few days. But he gradually gave up his endeavors. After few days, he heard noises from outside. When he came to the door and checked it was kept unlocked. In between, the lock was removed by the people who left the island. But the jailed soldier’s mind was conditioned to think that the he was locked. Similarly, in our daily life, we have preconceived notions and thoughts which are difficult to be broken. Once these are broken then we can unleash the power of human mind.

Story of Closed Compartment:

“Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.” -Stephen Covey

There is another story where Joe joined in an educational institution. He was given a cupboard which contained three separate compartments. For two compartments, keys were given to him and he opened and operated. He asked the administrative officer to provide the keys for the third compartment so that he could open and operate. He asked the administrative officer several times but the latter said that the key was with some other person who previously used the cupboard. Joe gave up asking as it was futile to ask. He somehow worked in the educational institution for a year. When he was about to leave the institution, he vacated two compartments of the cupboard and pulled the third compartment. And to his surprise it was kept unlocked. He enquired the office boy since how long it was kept unlocked. Office boy said that one day he opened the third compartment during the absence of Joe. But he forgot to inform the same to Joe and also forgot to him key.

Similarly, we keep our mind closed like that of the third compartment of the cupboard. By default, we develop regimented thoughts and ideas about others and behave accordingly. Only when we break the chains of conditioned thoughts and ideas, will we able to unlock our hidden potential.

Come out of Conditioned Thinking:

“Everyone has inside himself a piece of good news! The good news is that you really don't know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is!” - Anne Frank

Great people started from scratch. It all started with an imaginative mind. These people are not conditioned the way the majority of the people are conditioned. We have skyscrapers and great constructions. All these were achieved as they imagined and unleashed their human potential. During the course of discoveries or inventions they were treated as crazy people. Once they achieved big, people began realizing and respecting them. For instance, radio was invented by Marconi who was treated as mad by his friends as people did not understand what he was doing. Subsequently people realized what he had in his mind and respected. Opening up minds will help in unleashing the hidden potential. The problem with the majority of the people is that they don’t open up and, as a result, they lie in a conditioned state of thinking.

Live in Present:

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.” - Henry David Thoreau

Research reveals that people waste 30 per cent of their precious time by thinking about the past that cannot be altered. The past worries or concerns or regrets stifles our energies and kills enthusiasm. Future is uncertain and cannot be predicted. There is no meaning in thinking about the future which is not in our hands. What we have now is only present. Therefore, always learn to live in present. Think what you would do if you were to die today. Follow the deathbed approach. When this attitude is developed then the maximum energies can be harnessed for achieving all-round success as people don’t waste their precious time and energies.

You are Unique:

“Don't let anyone tell you that you have to be a certain way. Be unique. Be what you feel.” - Melissa Etheridge

Life is a gift from the god. Everyone has a role to cut out and you were born to achieve something big in this world. Whatever you can do, you have to do in this life only. There is nothing like postponing the things to the next life or birth. It is an excuse to think so. No two people are alike. Even twins are not alike. Therefore, you are unique with special talents and skills. You should learn to explore your hidden talents and exploit the skills to achieve success in your life.


The Bible clearly says “as a man thinketh so is he.”

Self-improvement is the key to unlock your hidden potential. Continuous learning and growing updates your knowledge, skills and abilities. From continuous learning, we begin by changing our mind, our ideas, insights and thoughts resulting into right attitude and aptitude. Therefore, you need to be a lifelong learner to unleash your hidden potential. Besides, you need to be creative and follow the road less traveled while unleashing your hidden potential so as to achieve success in your life.

The End


laxmi swetha2009 said...

people use to say to others that u have to go in one root to gain ur success.but,swetha (i)say
u have to go in two ways then only u can success comes from that why not in one way

for example:-
one copule(small famliy..jyothi n yashraj)
they had one kid (girl)
wife use to say that ---to husband ...yash we will start a amway bussiness n u continue ur job in office i will do this job in home...husband didn't kept in mind
again the girl as doing b.tech ..
w:- to h:-
for our child we had to apply education loan for her m.s
didn't in mind .he sold his property to her educatuon didn't took loan

h:- why jyothi our is talent in furture she will do job n i am regain our own home ....

after girl got job buyed a car.. after her marriage she took her car to our (girl-husband home )

after meanwhlie husband(yash)
child said i am living u n mom n going to my sweet home

yash got retriement....living in rent home

my conclusion is :-

yash didn't slient(two ways road
..about amway business,pention plan,didn't apply for education loan,( n expecting that his daugther is there ...one way road

didn't see future only see present

final ..daugther became rich..high salary ..rich home ,rich car..even she didn't her parents in lower standard of living

father n mother is in rent home...small job..day basics salary...middle rich

laxmi swetha2009 said...

noble people :-
always hear ur heart and not there mind (be here)

talent people :-
always see their mind set

average people :-
copycat the thing from others events

poor people :-
trusting god for luck (donot be here )

Shariff said...

Good one Prof.
All ur articles are really appreciable. I m a regular visitor of ur blog. Good work Prof. Do continue with such work.