Who needs an enemy when you’ve got yourself? Who needs resistance when we’re you’re so proficient at standing in your own way? You desire a better life, but you tell yourself you don’t deserve it. You want to reach a goal, but you convince yourself you’re unable to achieve it. At the time you most need the support of a friend, you work tirelessly to be your own worst enemy.
This is what it’s like to be your own opposition. To have the capacity for something greater, but to labor against your own progress. Whether guilt, fear, laziness, self-hatred, or a lack of confidence, you’ve created and fortified a powerful resistance to your own potential.
Living Like the Walking Dead
The old saying is that a graveyard is filled with potential, but that’s more true of the living. All of us walk around living halfway between life and death. We’re stuck in a zombie-like existence where the life that’s within us is seen in the desire and ability to do and be more, but the death within us is seen in the way we oppose ourselves.
The Walking Dead is more than a television series. It’s a fitting metaphor for the millions of dead souls meandering through life filled with untapped potential but only living for consumption.
You could be a producer, but you exist as a consumer. You could be an example and support to others, but instead you consume their time, emotion, and energy on the problems you choose to hold on to. You’re eating everyone around you, so don’t be hurt or surprised if you find them running from you!
Frustration is a Voice That’s Speaking the Truth
Why do you act this way—opposing yourself? It’s because of something you know. It’s the knowledge you possess that torments your soul. You know you have the potential for a better life—you know you have the capacity for being more—but you’re not developing it. The end result is a frustration that makes you difficult to live with—especially yourself!
Have you ever stopped to consider the meaning of potential? Sure, we all use the word, but have you ever meditated on its meaning?
Potential: LATENT qualities or abilities that MAY BE developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
Here’s why the meaning of potential is so important: it’s that the qualities or abilities that you have are latent. What does latent mean? Latent means that those qualities or abilities DO EXIST but are not yet developed or manifested. They are hidden. They are concealed.
The qualities or abilities DO EXIST, and because they exist they make themselves known to you by frustration. Your potential speaks to you daily by way of a ceaseless annoyance with life. Unlike the zombie, who doesn’t know what it is, you walk around with the constant feeling of dissatisfaction because you feel you could do and be more but you remain as you are.
Your Frustration is Doing You a Favor
You cannot pacify or quiet the voice of frustration by ignoring it, because every time you see someone else living the life you want, those feelings of frustration will creep right back to the surface. You hate it, but it’s actually doing you a favor. You want it to die, so you can live your life in peace, but your frustration is acting on the fact that real fulfillment will come when you take action.
Aren’t you tired of the frustration? If so, then let’s get you unstuck and out of your rut. Let’s get you taking small steps today—and keep taking those small steps—until you begin to acquire a taste for being a doer. You’ll also grow in your self-confidence, and all of your progress and results will reinforce your positive self-image and feed your desire for more.
You only “think” it’s too hard, and nine times out of ten, things are never as bad as we think they are. If you’re going to think anything, then think about what small step you can start doing today to develop your abilities, move towards your goals, or get out of your rut. Let’s turn you from a consumer to a producer. Let’s bring you out the zombie-like existence into real living!