At all points of my career and more now as I interact with organizations and people, I encounter people who are living lives, which are so much less than what they are capable of. Many of them with great talents and abilities, sometimes even with greater opportunities (past or present), languish in cycles of frustration and failure.
Even when I look at myself I know that I could have done and achieved so much more. How about you?
Why then does this occur? Why do some people, who in their youth possess great potential, end up in this cycle? Why do they, as the realities of life and time take its toll, find themselves in places, no one would have thought looking at their talent and abilities?
As we explore this let me take you back to the good book which says, in Proverbs 4:23: Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Again, saying to us that our thoughts are essential as they control our very life and what progress we make.
Many of us love quotes. Here is a question for you? What do the following people have in common: Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson, Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, supermarket magnate Frank Outlaw, spiritual teacher Gautama Buddha, Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher?
Each of these individuals has been credited with versions of the following quote:
“Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become your destiny.”
While many of us have heard this quote and/or the biblical verse that encourages and even strongly cautions us that, we do not pay close enough attention to the truth that these words possess.
Let's review the formula again.