What is Your Potential?
July 11, 2008
Pace vs. Potential
Have you ever noticed a strange thing when you get off the highway onto an off ramp or side road? On the highway you're doing about 100 miles an hour, and the speed limit on the side road says 60 miles an hour. You hit the brakes, and think you may have slowed down to 60mph. Yet, you're still doing 80mph. Horrors! You were sure you'd slowed down enough and yet you haven't.
You're experiencing pace vs. potential.
If you were driving at 60mph before you hit the off ramp, you'd do 60mph quite easily. It's because you were oh-so-fast, that you ended doing an 80. But how the heck are you going to ever do an 80 in your life, if you don't hit 100?
Because when you're on 100, even your hit-the-brake speed is a good 80.
People hate to be pushed
They want to go at their own pace. They believe they know what's good for them. Yet your life is like a car. You don't know your potential till you really hit the accelerator. You don't know how far you can go unless you hit feel the tires steaming up.
Look around you. The little ol' lady in the next lane is still getting to her destination, but she'll get there whenever. At her own pace. Pace is great. But potential, ah...now that's when you really know the stuff you're made of.
Which is why Tiger Woods has a coach
Which is why Tiger is the best golfer in the world. Because his coach knows the pace of Tiger. But the coach pushes Tiger to his potential.
The difference between pace and potential isn't always a big gap. Try it. It will make a world of a difference in both your business as well as your personal life.
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- Pace is good. But pace is you. And goodness gracious, you don't really know yourself as well as you think you do.
- Potential is when you hit the accelerator. When you find what is really possible to achieve. Once you know what you can achieve you're breaking the speed limit.
- Tiger is naturally talented. Yeah right. So are a squillion other golfers. The difference between Tiger and the others is Tiger doesn't keep to the pace of the others. He keeps stretching his own potential. You should too.
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