Part 3 | Strengths and Pure Potential

strengths-photo-9December 8, 2016

While reaching our highest potential is an “inside job”—as in, we transform our lives only when we change our thinking and habits—there is something to be said about our environment.  Specifically, we can ask, “How are my surroundings affecting my growth?”

Take a goldfish, for example; it will grow in proportion to its container.  Which is to say, the bigger the bowl, the bigger the fish.  If we take it from a little aquarium and put it in a bathtub, it will get larger.  And, why?  Because it has more room to grow!  It makes sense.

Well, that’s us, too, in a way.  We grow to a size that suits our environment—factored into this is equation is our access to resources as well as our perceptions, fears, and personal history.  At its core, it boils down to this: when we surround ourselves with people and situations that encourage our personal growth and evolution, we swim in a bigger tank.  And vice-versa.

Houseplants do this as well.  The bigger the pot, the bigger the plant.  Right?  Here, more soil means more access to nutrients (growth material) and more space for roots to grow down and out.

So, the question here becomes this: How big is my “container”?

Are my roots bunched into a ball?  Am I a goldfish in a Mason jar or in a swimming pool?  What action can I take to give my life more room to roam?

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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 Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.


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