Do you believe potential exists? Opportunities arise all around us, all the time. I know because I’ve seen them, clearly recognizing them in hindsight. If we don’t see our inner-potential, however, when opportunities arise, we won’t take them because we don’t believe we are good enough. Maybe we, too, convince ourselves that it’s not the right time. Nonetheless, we will only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationship we are afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.
Abundance of Opportunities
I wanted to start a food truck and set it up on Beach Avenue in Vancouver, gosh, when I was 21. I had this great idea, and I researched it. I talked to Vancouver City Hall. During that time, they didn’t allow food trucks, or kiosks for that matter, on Beach Ave, so they refused to give me a business licence to operate. With their answer, I didn’t pursue it any further. It was only a few years later that they began giving out business licences to a limited amount of establishments to do this. Today, if you look at Beach Avenue in the City of Vancouver, they are swamped with food trucks. I guess I didn’t think I was good enough. I didn’t see my potential and gave up. I never persisted. When I was 24, I was approached by a modelling scout in North Vancouver, right at Marine and Capilano Road when I was leaving Fitness World after a work out. He gave me his card and the company name, which is still in downtown Vancouver and New York, but I didn’t act on it. I didn’t see my potential! I didn’t see that I was worthy.
More Potential Exists
I was living in Kelowna at 32 moving on from a relationship. I was doing some upgrading in sciences and math at Okanagan College. I was approached by the engineering department. The professor asked if I ever thought about pursuing engineering as a career. He said I had the grades in Math to do it, and that he would like to see me enter the program. He really wanted to see more women entering the engineering program and thought I had what it takes. I didn’t see my potential, and I walked away from it! My auntie, in 1992/3 was growing this god-forsaken ugly mushroom. It was called the kombucha mushroom and she kept it in water as it fermented. She cut a piece off, I took it home, and placed it in a crock pot with water in the pantry to ferment. My children and I drank it daily because she told me about the amazing health benefits. I imagined if it is that great why not bottle it and sell it. A great idea, but I did nothing about it because I felt that I didn’t know how to go about doing it. Now look at the Kombucha drink industry!!! I began taking courses in mathematics at Capilano University when I was 35 after moving back to North Vancouver from Kelowna. I received a letter in the mail from the Dean stating how well I had done and that he looked forward to seeing me continue in this direction. Once again, I didn’t see my potential, but at this time, I didn’t think it was the right time either.
Sense of Self-Worth
These examples are only a few. I remember many more. I kick myself, at times, thinking how blind I was to my potential – knowing that I was, actually, good enough. That’s only in hindsight, for sure. When you lack a sense of self-worth, though, nothing will change. Anyone could tell me over and over that I was good enough and that I could do amazing things, but in my mind, I was not and could not. It was hard to relate to them. I am not here to convince you that you are good enough because, that, you will have to reveal on your own. It takes work. You need to navigate you inner world to discover where your distorted or flawed thinking is and work from there. Knowing that you are good enough, knowing your potential, is only revealed when you do the work.
Potential exists, both around you and in you. Don’t regret the chances you didn’t take, the relationships you were afraid to have, the careers you didn’t pursue, or the decision you waited way to long to make. Trust yourself and go forward.