Talent Is Never Enough – Belief Lifts Your Talent


Believe in Your Potential

Your potential is a picture of what you can become.

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” – Thomas Edison

If you were to see yourself as you could be, you would look better than you ever imagined.

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mohandas Gandhi

“Life is a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”  -Charles Schulz

It’s not good to travel through life without breaking a sweat. Life is difficult enough as it is. We make it more difficult when we impose additional limitations on ourselves.

“When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.” – Charles Schwab

When someone is pursuing their dream, they’ll go far beyond what seems to be their limitations. The potential that exists within us is limitless and largely untapped . . . When you think of limits, you create them.

Your potential is really up to you. It doesn’t matter what others might think. It doesn’t matter where you came from. It doesn’t even matter what you might have believed about yourself at a previous time in your life. It’s about what lies within you and whether you can bring it out.

When you discover you’ve been leading only half a life, the other half is going to haunt you until you develop it.” – Phillips Brooks

Not reaching your potential is a real tragedy. To reach your potential, you must first believe in your potential, and determine to live way beyond average.

Believe in Yourself

“There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true self.” – William James

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost certain you won’t . . .
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
– Arnold Palmer

Believe in Your Mission

Belief in your mission will empower you. The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Belief in your mission will encourage you. “Don’t listen to those who say, ‘It’s not done that way.’ Maybe it’s not, but maybe you’ll do it anyway. Don’t listen to those who say, ‘You’re taking too big a chance.’ Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out today.” – Neil Simon

Belief in your mission will enlarge you. If you keep believing, you will someday find yourself doing what you once considered impossible.


So how do you become a talent-plus person? You tap into a natural chain of actions that begins with belief and ends with positive action:

Belief Determines Expectations

You will become on the outside what you believe on the inside.

Personal breakthroughs begin with a change in your beliefs. Why? Because your beliefs determine your expectations, and your expectations determine your actions.

If you want to achieve something in life, you have to be willing to be disappointed.

“Contrary to popular opinion, life does not get better by chance, life gets better by change. And this change always takes place inside; it is the change of thought that creates the better life.” – Kerry Randall

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Expectations Determine Actions

We cannot live in a way that is inconsistent with our expectations for ourselves.

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who want to get things done and those who don’t want to make mistakes.

You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller. You overcome them by making yourself bigger!

Actions Determine Results

If you want good results, you need to perform good actions. If you want to perform good actions, you must have positive expectations. To have positive expectations, you have to first believe.

“If you don’t live it, you don’t believe it.” – Paul Harvey

Live the life you were meant to. Try to see yourself as you could be, and then do everything in your power to believe that you can become that person.

Disclaimer: I’ve taken these lines from John Maxwell’s book, Talent Is Never Enough. I posted them in my blog to share it with others and may they learn from these. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do so. 🙂 It’s one of the books really worth reading.

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