Many of us have some of the most amazing dreams, desires, and imaginations about our future. Our pursuit normally stops right there, though. Entrepreneur and best selling author Tony Robbins says, “the minute you start focusing on something, you have to give it a meaning. Entering 2017, I adopted this philosophy and action of making sure that I would not leave this earth without fully maximizing my potential. I got tired of suppressing who I really wanted to be and what I was truly capable of doing. At that point the #LeaveNoPotentialOnTheTable life was born. The entire philosophy is literally an exercise of reverse suppression.
Growing up I hated canned goods, no matter how affordable my mom told me they were, or how convenient they were for producing lunch and dinner for me and my sister. I can still remember our cabinets being lined with Chef Boyardee, canned corn, string beans, beans, potatoes…you get it, right. When I think about this world and the people that dwell in it, I can’t help but think of the assortment of potential that exists in each of them. Just like my kitchen cabinets growing up, the world is filled with an assortment of cans (people), that possess something of substance. Some of us are sealed/full Cans, some of us are half open/full Cans, some of us are open/full Cans, some of us are half full/empty Cans and some of us are open/empty Cans. Each of us has a vast amount of gifts, skills, abilities, dreams and imaginations in us, but left dormant, un tapped, or not fully maximized—is potential left on the table.
Which Can Are You?
1.) Sealed & Full Can: the individual that never started.
2.) Half Open & Full Can: the individual that sees the work ahead and would rather preserve.
3.) Open & Full Can: the individual that started and fear kicked in.
4.) Open & Half Empty/Full Can: the individual that always starts and stops.
5.) Open & Empty Can: the individual that starts and never stops.
We aren’t really cans, duh–were are earthen vessels though! Filled with hope, possibility, & love—our number one responsibility while we occupy this earth is to make sure we leave no potential on the table. As you can see the mission or the bullseye is to be an open & empty can. Now, how do we do that?!
Write & Watch. Talk & Take.
- Write down your gifts, skills, abilities, dreams, and imagination
- Talk about your gifts, skills, abilities, dreams, and imagination (not to everyone)
- Take action in the direction of your gifts, skills, abilities, dreams, and imagination
- Watch the universe work on your behalf and respond accordingly