Part 1 | Strengths and Living Our Fullest Potential


March 7, 2016

5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas

Imagine explaining a microwave to someone who’d never seen one before. You might tell them that this box with a door on it cooks things with invisible waves of energy. And, they might look inside and tell you, “You are crazy.”

It’s simple: Just because something sounds weird, or just because we cannot see something, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there and real. We all have potential, and it is just as real and powerful and invisible to the eye as microwaves are.

That said, we are wise to learn how to listen with all of our senses and rely on our qualities of intuition, instinct, and imagination with the same seriousness that we rely on our eyes when we see things and hands when we touch things.

Seeing potential in ourselves and in others is a part of this process. After all, what is it exactly that we see in someone when we say that we “see” their potential? Isn’t it multi-sensory? A complex inner-math equation, a combination of observations, our own experience, and our gut to see what could be in others?

When we allow ourselves to practice seeing what could be possible, instead of only what is right-here/right-now, we are giving ourselves the gift of exploring potentials without self-imposed roadblocks, old-tapes, and limitations.

 Three Questions

 Does our potential change over time? If so, how and why? If not, how and why?

Who is the person in my life with the most potential to create their dreamlife as well as lasting positive change in the world?

What would my kid-self tell my current adult-self to do with my life?

An Action

Desired Result: Conquering Fear, Part Two

Concrete Action: Changing the inner and outer messages about our fears may be the single most important action we can take in overcoming them. If we tell ourselves over and over again that we are afraid of something, we will never create the opportunity to evolve past that fear—we will accept it as “who we are” and allow it to limit us. For example, if a person says repeated that they are “terrified of public speaking,” eventually that becomes a “fact” to them and they never challenge the validity of it, even if they’ve evolved in every other area of their life. So, changing the language of the message and truly shift the game. Imagine hearing this message instead, “I admire the confidence and eloquence of public speakers and I am open to developing those qualities in my own life.” Sure, it might sound over the top if you are not used to thinking in this way. But imagine the impact of changing all self-limiting self-talk to sound like this—a message that focuses on potential as opposed to constraint. Imagine teaching fearlessness to our children and loved ones in this manner and living by example. What would change?

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Transformation Coach.

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3 thoughts on “Part 1 | Strengths and Living Our Fullest Potential

  1. This certainly is an important message to/for me! Admittedly, my messages to myself are all-too-often negative… However, this day (and days that follow) I have the opportunity to change how I talk to myself. Thank you!

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