Part 2 | Strengths and Living Our Fullest Potential

AchievementLifeEDITMarch 9, 2016

5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas

Imagine standing on the edge of a vast and rolling ocean shore and asking yourself, “Are these wave truly living up to their potential?” It seems ridiculous, right?

Imagine looking out over a landscape and seeing a deer grazing at the wood’s edge and thinking, “That deer is not living up to its potential.” It seems a little ridiculous, right?

Imagine watching a little baby play on the floor of a living room and seeing them flap their arms and pat the carpet and tip over amid the toys. Imagine asking in that moment, “Is this baby really living up to their potential?” It seems a little ridiculous, right?

So, why is it that we can ask ourselves and others that question? At what point did this question become relevant? Is it truly relevant? Does it matter who is asking and for what purpose? What are the rules and how did we learn them? To whom are we comparing ourselves? Is it good to do that? Does it depend?

What would it take to create a reality where our life-choices and our mindset always made that answer, “Yes, yes I am living in my fullest potential, each day more than the last.” What would it take? 

Three Questions 

What are three qualities that I would like to develop further in myself?

In what ways am I of service to others? What qualities of myself do I share freely with the world?

If I were one country—any country—on planet earth, which one would I be and why? Iceland? Argentina? Lichtenstein? Nauru? Etc.?

An Action

 Desired Result: Conquering Fear, Part 3

Concrete Action: Turn Anxiety into Clay

Anxiety can feel a lot like fear. And, for most people, when it comes up it can affect everything from our breathing to our heart rate to our ability to think straight. The next time anxiety comes up in your life, try this simple visualization. Take a deep breath in and imagine, as you exhale, that the fear is physically leaving your body like smoke. Now, imagine that as that smoke swirls in the air it begins to harden into a ball of grey clay that floats down into your hands. Now, hold the ball, which represents your fear, and let it go—drop the clay onto the floor and listen to it plop. Take one last look at it in your mind and walk away.

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 2 | Strengths and Living Our Fullest Potential

  1. Chronic anxiety can be so entrenched and damaging. It eventually will manifest in physical ways if not released. What you offer is such a powerful way of doing just that. The most severe case of chronic anxiety I have come across is extreme weight loss and a downward spiral into dementia.

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    1. That is powerful. What I love is that the mind too has the power to heal and by feeding it with positivity, creativity, and gratitude we can transform ourselves, others, the world, and reality. Alan Watts says, “The source of all light is the eye.” And I think about that a lot.

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