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Awakening Your Greatest Potential: The Power of Self-Development in Living a Fulfilling Life

Only through an unrelenting focus on personal growth, we can rise to our greatest potential and our highest expression in this life.
Only through an unrelenting focus on personal growth, we can rise to our greatest potential and our highest expression in this life. Photo by Rui Xu on Unsplash

Our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual capabilities are a reflection of our investment in our own self-development.

The journey starts with the mind. Working with our minds, we can bring our surroundings into alignment. For example, I’m in the best shape of my life now. Not when I was in high school or college, but NOW. I’ve built enough discernment in my mind that I know what to eat, when to eat and how much. I know how to take care of my physical body and manage any low points of energy or lethargy that may show up. I know how to keep operating at peak physical performance because I’ve trained my mind to love that feeling and do everything possible to not succumb to temptations of bad eating or living habits. It’s not that I don’t indulge but I have built the discernment to do it responsibly.

Once your mind and body become each other's best friend, you now have created the foundation for an infinite possibility. The World becomes your playground. You have created enough strength and capacity within, that no feat or goal is too big. You have the energy and capacity to conquer anything. If you don’t have the capacity in this moment for a truly monumental goal, you’ll have the tools to create it.

So how will you use your powers?

This is where spiritual growth comes in. This is the art of truly knowing oneself and connecting to our higher calling. We all have greatness hidden beneath the surface. Without spiritual growth, we jump from one shiny object to another and then wonder why we still feel empty inside.

Why isn’t our ‘spirit’ dancing with joy? Isn’t that what we all want? To live life in boundless joy doing the work we love while serving those around us in a meaningful way. To wake up everyday with a feeling of, “I can’t believe I make a living doing what I do and love it”. It’s all within reach if we take life as a tremendous possibility. If we leave our fears and doubts behind and embrace life fully.

To live life in boundless joy doing the work we love while serving those around us in a meaningful way.

Too many of us walk the path of life unconsciously and then wonder why we don’t feel alive. It’s not that we don’t know how to have fun. We fill our lives with an endless barrage of activities. We fill our weekends with every sort of activity imaginable - elaborate meals that take hours to prepare but leave us with low energy at the end, we spend time with people that drain our energy and don’t bring meaning to our life or relationships, endless parties that leave us exhausted the next day, endless research on your next gadget or tech project to stay occupied, endless vacation planning for our next ‘escape’ because the here and now just isn’t fun, and then we spend hours glued to the TV or phone everyday and wonder why our closest relationships have become stale etc. You get the point.

We spend a lot of time doing things we think will make us happy but ultimately don’t.

If you come to think of it, COVID was a blessing in disguise. It allowed us some serious time to reflect upon this careless waste of time and resources; that’s if we've chosen to reflect. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that we shouldn’t enjoy these things or meet the people that matter to us. It’s just that we spend our time on everyone and everything in the World without knowing ourselves and the goals that truly matter to us.

We walk through the World on a robotic schedule, looking forward to the weekend. We then fill our weekends with everything under the sun and wonder why we feel exhausted. Why does life feel stale after doing this same routine in one form or another over and over?

This quote by Robin Sharma once hit me like lightning -

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” Do you feel that?

Once we’ve repeated this cycle enough times, a feeling of dissatisfaction settles in and bubbles up. It’s our soul trying to wake us up! It’s reminding us that we’re not living our life truthfully, doing what truly matters. And this is why investing in self-development is critical. Through it, we can rise to our greatest potential and our highest expression in this life.

Many of us can’t stop contemplating and imagining retirement.

How beautiful it will be. Retirement is often viewed as the salvation when all our suffering will come to an end. It’s that imaginary juncture in life where we'll be onboard a never ending mega cruise with unlimited buffett and daily pool parties that will keep us forever entertained and joyful so we’ll never have to worry about life again. We’ll have enough money that we don’t need to worry about working again. We’ll never have to deal with a boss or performance reviews again. We’ll have everything we need to be on vacation forever. Advertising and popular culture feeds this mindset further by glorifying this way of living. So we try to earn more by all means necessary, sacrificing our hearts in the way and saving what our habits allow for that eventual day of salvation that will hopefully come one day.

Have you ever asked yourself - Why are we choosing to suffer in the first place?

Most of us haven’t spent the time and effort to create a healthy relationship with work and discover our calling in life. Hence, we seek retirement or some version of it as the eventual escape from your daily drudgery. However, what’s worse is that we're caught in a psychological paradigm of your own making. Once you get to retirement, you’ll again disappoint yourself. A never ending vacation may sound promising but it can soon feel like a prison where the same song keeps playing over and over.

Everyone is going to retire eventually, in death. Choose to LIVE NOW!

Free yourself from the false promise of some future imaginary salvation. You can achieve the state of retirement now only if you take the time to align your relationship with work and efforts towards that which matters most. Not work simply for the sake of false pride or to fund your retirement account. But work that increases JOY within you and around you. Work that creates a fulfilling life for you and others.

Begin to recognize this life as the most precious gift given to you. Start using every moment being true to yourself.

My sincere wish for you is to awaken the fire of personal growth within you so you too may live life to your greatest potential possible.

May you rise from the mud and let your life bloom like the perfect, fragrant, joyful flower that it’s meant to be. Start with prioritizing self-development.

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1 Comment

May 08

Good reminder to prioritize self-development so you "don't live the same year 75 times." Great quote to put on a sticky note to remind me every day.

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