'Your potential is a treasure trove of possibilities - your life will surely prosper if you use it wisely.'

The pursuit of education is predicated on the acceptance that a degree of ignorance already exists. You cannot be taught things that you already know - you can only be reminded that you already knew them. 'I can't be expected to know everything.' That's very true - but you are expected to learn all that you possibly can about your own life, as a failure to do so will have serious repercussions for you.

People with an unshakable understanding of their own destiny - refuse to follow others who are headed in a different direction. 'What am I doing here?' Is not a question you would need to ask if you made the pursuit of insight a key aspect of your life strategy. 'I feel like my life is just drifting away.' You may not feel that way yourself at this point in time, but you may well have encountered someone else who senses that life is passing them by- without tangible fruit to show for their existence. It is a sad (but avoidable) state of affairs that is affecting more people than you might think.

Young, Gifted and Bland?
Massive deposits of natural talent cannot safeguard against the possibility of unfulfilled potential - as a matter of fact, hugely gifted people are more likely to leave this earth with unused potential than those who possessed little. Potential means; 'the latent (dormant) qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success.' Two things immediately strike me about that definition.

Firstly, potential makes reference to future possibilities for success - but offers no cast-iron guarantees concerning achievement. Secondly, the inclusion of the word latent infers that there is power available that has yet to be released. That is why people who are (allegedly) very talented have a greater likelihood of leaving this planet without having fulfilled their potential. The more you have- the more you are required to (constructively) use.

So that gnawing feeling of a life unfulfilled is nature's way of alerting us that we still have more to learn, more to see, more to give - and more to do. In some respects, a conversation about potential is a waste of breath because we are talking about something that did not, has not - and may never occur. Power on the other hand, is a much more fruitful topic of discussion because it speaks of what did - and is still happening. You are probably more powerful than you realize - but you won't see the real value of it until you make sense of your purpose.

Some Things You Need To Know
There are some questions about yourself that have to be answered if you are ever going to excel in life - questions that many have failed to ask, or failed to secure an answer to, because they sought answers from unqualified interlopers. I cannot demystify any of these questions for you because I am not privy to the correct answers. These five questions should produce a degree of contemplation that eventually leads to the acquisition of better information - which in turn, ought to lead to increased productivity in every area of your being.

1. Who Am I?

2. Why Am I Here?

3. What Should I Be Doing?

4. Where Should I Be Doing It?

5. When Will It Begin?

Do not spend the rest of your life talking about potential - spend the rest of your life using it. Getting to the end of your days - only to discover that you are still full of power that was not put to good use would be a travesty. You owe it to yourself to give the wonderful gift of life - a life that remains continually subject to your authority, your very best attention. Give it your very best effort - and give it your utmost devotion - you deserve nothing less and can hope for nothing more. Errol Michael Henry ©2008 Matters 4 Life Limited, All rights reserved.

Author's Bio: 

Errol Michael Henry is a veteran of the Personal Development business. After two decades of helping people to live more productive lives – overwhelming demand for his services persuaded him to commit his training methods to print. His unique writing style, allied to logically explained, insightful, practical principles – is vividly demonstrated in his books, The Better Life Guide and The Fear Factor.