Do we really have unlimited potential?
I recently received a review copy of Take the Lid Off: Unleashing your Unlimited Potential.
Full disclaimer: I haven’t read the book. Its jacket reads “You have unlimited potential — you can have anything you want, achieve anything you want, be whomever you want! All you have to do is ‘Take the Lid Off’” and…it tired me out already.
I’m not sure my potential is unlimited. I’m pretty sure I’ve still got potential kicking around…somewhere, under this to-do list. But it feels quite a bit more finite than it did in my 20s. And you know what? I’m just fine with that.
For example, I was not genetically destined to be a supermodel. That wouldn’t stop me from entering the More Makeover Contest if I weren’t on the staff, and it doesn’t stop me from working on my upper arms by trying to get to 100 pushups. (I can do 5 in row, which is more than two weeks ago!)
Being comfortable in my 40-something skin is partly about recognizing those limits. My personality is not likely to undergo major renovations, although I might redecorate an aspect here or there. I’m working to get a fitter, healthier body but chances are good I’m not going to suddenly discover an Olympic-level talent. And I’m pretty sure even if I auditioned for one of the “…got’s Talent” shows I wouldn’t become a breakout pop star, although I totally know who One Direction is (thanks, nephews!)
But that’s what I like about this age: I know a lot more about myself and those limits. I embrace them! And I work within them.
So no, I won’t be unleashing any more potential. Time to get down to actual doing.
What about you?