Unlocking Your Potential Essay

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What is your life’s true purpose? Many of us on the path to self-improvement and greater happiness have pondered this question. But have you ever sat down, in the quiet, and waited for an answer?

Visioning is a tool that may help you find that answer. “Just as the oak tree is already within the acorn, there are gifts of divinity, beauty, love and harmony that are already within you. Life visioning allows you to become available to that information,” explains Michael Bernard Beckwith, a best-selling author and the founder of Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles.

Similar to guided meditation, visioning allows you to tap into your higher intelligence, or “superconscious,” to discover those unique gifts. Visioning differs from visualization, which focuses on a particular outcome (affirmations to attract a life partner or imagine your perfect job, for example). By contrast, visioning has you ask yourself questions that open you to receiving information and insights from your higher mind.

Follow Michael’s seven steps to a passionate, purposeful life:

1. Get centered

Let the worries of the day fall away. If your mind wanders to your to-do list or what you’re going to eat later, gently pull it back to the present. Call forth a feeling of unconditional love. Let it envelop your entire being.

2. Place a question before your higher self

Ask for the vision: What is the highest purpose for my life? My project? Don’t force an answer. Allow images, thoughts and ideas to emerge. Write down everything that comes to mind.

4. What qualities must I release?

Acknowledge the limiting beliefs that hold you back from realizing your full potential. Those beliefs served their purpose. Now it’s time to let them go.

5. What qualities do I already possess that will serve this vision?

Recognize your special talents and positive attributes.

6. Say 'yes' to what comes through

Be willing to receive the vision.

7. Express gratitude for the vision

Close with a feeling of thanksgiving. Know that like the acorn and the oak tree, your inborn talents and traits make your vision for the future entirely possible.

How does that feel? Don’t expect a detailed outline for your future from one session. If you only receive a word, phrase or feeling, that’s OK. As you remain open and receptive, additional thoughts and ideas may appear as time goes on to pull you closer to your true purpose. Michael explains that even if the vision seems nebulous at first, it guides you toward the right action steps. Let it pull you toward the exciting life purpose that’s been waiting for you all along.

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You have potential. I have potential. Everyone in this entire world has potential. Whether it’s to become great at something we haven’t yet attempted, or the capability of being even greater at something we already practice, there is an opportunity to be extraordinary. Potential is a very powerful thing; it’s essentially a more exciting word for “possibility.”

Truth is, we never know what possibilities are around the corner. The only thing we can do is work hard, strive to be better, and keep reaching for something higher. The end result means something different for each and every one of us, but we all share the same goal of success and happiness.

In the spirit of surrounding ourselves with positive messages, this weekend’s challenge is to post a message to yourself somewhere you’ll see it everyday. This physical reminder of your goal or aspiration will help keep us on track to reach our potential. It can be a sticky note, a photograph, or a memento which represents your intention. I absolutely love the The Giving Keys’ new collection of locks, which are meant to remind us to “unlock our potential.” Where better to place your affirmation than around your neck?

What’s your potential? How are you going to remind yourself to reach it? Let’s achieve a higher greatness together!

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).

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