Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tap into Potential

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential."
                                             --Ellen Goodman

My word for the day--heck, let's make it this year's word, is potential. As in: n. a capacity to develop, succeed, or become something. We all have potential that is still being unlocked, tapped into. And so, to offer inspiration for those of us who want to take up the challenge to develop our potential--writing or otherwise--in the upcoming year, I share the following quotes:

"Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential." --Winston Churchill

"Focus on your potential instead of your limitations." --Alan Loy McGinnis

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." --Maya Angelou

"Joy comes from using your potential." --Will Schultz

"Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart." --Myla Kabat-Zinn

May this be the year we tap into our potential with a deeper root than ever. And may we nourish the growth that will come with all the opportunities available to us.

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And thanks so much to Debbie over at Writing While the Rice Boils for guest posting my recent post on writing targets for the new year. Not only was I honored to have her reprint it, I take this opportunity to invite you to drop in at her place--she often offers great resources to help all of us in tapping into our potential. Thanks, Debbie!


  1. Oh I love this! I definitely want to tap into my potential this year and I hope you do as well!

  2. I love this! I saw you on Writing While the Rice Boils and came over to visit. I've really enjoyed everything you have up--I'm you're newest follower!

    ~Carla (

  3. Lots of encouragement! Thanks :O)

  4. This is the type of post that everyone on the planet should read. Thanks!

  5. Love the quotes. I might print them out and tape them all around my computer screen. :)


  6. These are excellent quotes! Thank you for the wonderful encouragement, what a great way to start the year :)

  7. What a lovely share! A great frame of mind to be in as I start a new rewrite -- a work with potential as opposed to a work with flaws.Thank you for these quotes.