As I age and look forward to another year of life and ministry in 2020 I am rededicating my life to continuing to grow, expand my knowledge and understanding, and move forward with greater capacity for life and ministry than ever before. It has been said that personal growth increases your capacity. And, as the old Nike commercial once stated, “There is no finish line.”
Have you maxed out your capacity? Have you reached your full potential as a person? Hopefully, like me, you can say a resounding “no.” I believe that if you are still breathing and you are of sound mind, then you have the potential to keep increasing your capacity. In the book, “If It Ain’t Broke … Break It! the authors write, “We don’t have a clue as to what people’s limits are. All the tests, stopwatches, and finish lines in the world can’t measure human potential. When someone is pursuing their dream, they’ll go far beyond what seems to be their limitations. The potential that exits within us is limitless and largely untapped … when you think of limits, you create them.”
How do you push towards your potential and keep increasing your capacity? How can you live without placing limits upon yourself? The only way to increase your capacity internally is to change the way you approach personal growth. Learning more information isn’t enough. You must change how you think and you must change your actions.
I have read that most experts believe people typically use only 10 percent of their true potential. That statement is truly staggering! If that is true, then the average person has huge capacity for improvement. It’s as if we possess hundreds of acres of possibilities but keep only half an acre under cultivation. So how do we tap into the unused 90 percent? The answer is found in changing how we think and what we do.
How do we need to think?
1> Stop thinking more work and start thinking what works?
Ask most people how they increase their capacity and they’ll tell you be working more. There’s a problem with that solution. More work will not necessarily increase your capacity. More of the same usually results in more of the same, when what we actually want is better than what we have.
Most people work hard and keep at it for long hours. This is especially true of people in ministry. We need to realize that we are often valuing effort over effectiveness. In my life I discovered that I was doing a lot of things instead of the right things. My to-do list kept getting longer, but my impact was not increasing. I realized that I had to change my thinking. So, I am currently looking at everything I am doing and everything I am involved in and I am asking, “What works?” and “What is giving me a good return for my efforts?”
That’s what I recommend you do. Figure out what works best for you. To do that, ask yourself the following three questions:
- What am I required to do?
- What gives the greatest return?
- What gives me the greatest reward?
These questions will help you to focus your attention on what you must do, what you ought to do, and what you really want to do.
- What am I required to do? – What you must do
- What gives the greatest return? – What you ought to do
- What gives me the greatest reward? – What you really want to do
You will be seriously amazed at what you discover and instantly recognize some basic things that need to change in the way you think and approach life – personal and professional life, home and work life.
More next time…