The orange is characterized by not just a seed, but multiple seeds. Basically, if all things being equal, the seeds are potential trees. For instance, if an orange contains 15 seeds, it holds that we have 15 potential trees and these 15 trees will produce fruits with seeds. The trend goes on and on. It simply means that one orange has great potentials of generations of seeds and trees. In the same vein, you are endowed with lots of potentials that can make you live an exceptional life because it works by the multiplier effect. Identifying your potential in life is important to your overall happiness and feeling of fulfillment in life. 

Discovering what makes you tick is integral to identifying your own potential. Knowing what you're good at and what you want to do in life will make your life more satisfying and fulfilling .Don't underestimate it. If you're struggling to figure out your strengths and ability to accomplish things, it can be helpful to take some time to get in touch with your own potential. Not realizing your true potential is probably one of the bigger regrets as people get older; realizing that you could’ve been more is one of the biggest emotional upheavals you can experience in your life.  That is why it is quintessential that you do not let opportunities fly away; for those fortunate enough to live in a society where there is free will to do and be pretty much anything you want, you must capitalize the opportunity to self-actualize, to be the best you can be.

THE CONCEPT OF POTENTIAL                                                                                                                  Potential is something that is inherent in you that makes you achieve your purpose. It is a raw material that can be transformed into money spinning benefit. Potential generally refers to a currently unrealized ability.  Potential   is your unused strengths. Your hidden talents. Your untapped abilities. Your dormant talents. Your capped capabilities. The term is used in a wide variety of fields, from physics to the social sciences to indicate things that are in a state where they are able to change in ways ranging from the simple release of energy by objects to the realization of abilities in people.

Your potential is closely related with your passion and purpose. Your potential is what you do effortlessly without stress. It is the thing you do passionately and joyfully without being paid. Purpose is the reason why a thing is created, it is the original intent why a thing is in existence. For you to achieve your purpose of existence, you need to discover  your  potential. Potentials is indeed a rider to your purpose. Sincerely, “if you don’t discover, you can’t recover ( Kunle Awotiku). A sick individual can never recover if the doctor do not diagnose to discover what is responsible for his illness. Discovery is highly important for you to be branded and not stranded. Geoscientist spends millions of naira to acquire sophisticated equipment to discover minerals beneath the earth surface. You can never recover from mediocrity, total dependence on peeps, a poverty-stricken life, if you don’t discover your potentials. Someone opined “potential is the credential that makes one essential and influential in life”. Brain Tracy quipped “ the potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibility waiting to be released and channeled towards some great good’’.  Everyone is equipped with potentials just like the orange that has many seeds to do exploit, touch lives and also to live a life devoid of poverty. Your potential might be singing, artistry, writing etc. it is said that the graveyard is indeed the wealthiest place on earth. It is filled with books that were never written, songs that were never sang, inventions that never saw the light of day. They were those who failed to discover their potentials.

However, potential is just like raw materials that needs to be worked upon, refined and polished. Gold can’t be gold if didn’t pass through fire. Crude oil will never roll in billions of naira if it remained as crude and didn’t undergo further processing.
It is instructive to note that those superstars in all works of life took the pain to look inwards to discover their distinct potential and also worked on it. This is why they flood the pages of the newspapers and our television screens.
Indeed, the world has gone beyond credentials, potentials paves the way.

If you decide that you do want to realize your potential, the next step is to understand the principles God has established for unlocking potential. Miles Munroe, a minister in the Bahamas, has identified 10 keys to unlocking potential:

1. You must establish a relationship with God — the source of your potential.

2. You must understand how God made you to function: by faith and by love.

3. You must know your purpose in life (your potential was given for just that).

4. You must identify the resources that help unlock your potential.

5. You must know and find or create the right environment you need to function at your peak performance level. Part of this is daily contact with God.

6. You must realize that potential is expressed through hard work.

7. You must cultivate your potential.

8. You must guard your potential — from laziness, distractions, and       compromise.                                                                                                                           

9. You must share your potential. No potential exists for itself.

10. You must understand and cooperate with the limitations God has placed on your potential. Remember, you’re not God! When you violate these limitations, your potential actually decreases. Your potential is God’s gift to you. He expects you to use it!
                                                                                                                            HOW TO MAIXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL
“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you.” ~Eckhart Tolle
Don’t doubt yourself. You are more than enough. You are good enough. If no one else tells you that, will reaffirm that you are good enough to do whatever you want in life. Life is too short for you to paralyze yourself with doubts. I used to doubt my capabilities, and I was so unhappy and frustrated with life. I tried to bury myself in self-help books to find the answers to achieve success and happiness. One book after another, I kept reading, but I had little results to show for it. The pain became unbearable, particularly when my friends made fun of the books that I read. But I didn’t give up. I kept on searching for answers by listening to audio books, reading books, and attending seminars by revered masters in the topic of personal development. One baby step at a time, I started to apply the knowledge I had gained.
That’s when things started to change around me.
Ones potential can be maximized from the following ways:
1. Believe in yourself
2. Make a conscious choice to pursue personal growth.
3. Set a goal to work toward.
4. Take baby steps.
5. Keep a success list.
6. Do not stop learning
7. Choose a mentor
8. Analyze your strengths and weaknesses
9. Know that success is a process, not an event.   
10. Make good use of time


The only way you can get value out of your exceptional potential is to package and commercialize it. Packaging and commercializing your potential increases value. For your potentials to gain relevance and for the best to be show –cased, you need to commercialize it. It is said that people do not value what they didn’t pay for. Furthermore, financial encouragement is indeed needed for the potential to get better. Remember, put God first in whatsoever thing you do because only Him will help to actualized your potential. Do not be discouraged because there is no short cut success rather it takes systematic or sequential processes. You can make it to the top if only you follow the systematic or sequential processes.

Author Bio:
Nwaneri Chinedu is a passionate Teen Coach that help young youth's and teenagers snake their way through life by understanding their purpose and potential. A Certified Public speaker, Writer and blogger. A freelance and ghost writer that is widely published. Digital Marketer and Entrepreneur.
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