Did You FEED Your Potential Today?

There are a number of self-awareness questions that I ask myself on a routine basis. Of these questions the one I find the most challenging to answer is as follows:

  • Am I reaching my full potential?

The reason I find this question difficult to answer, is because I can ask this question of myself to address specific areas of my life and always get a different answer.

Today I asked this question of myself in a few different ways.
Here an example:

  • Am I reaching my full potential?
  • Am I reaching my potential as a man?
  • Am I reaching my potential as a leader?
  • Am I reaching my full potential as a son?
  • Am I reaching my full potential as a brother?
  • Am I reaching my full potential as a husband?
  • Am I reaching my full potential as a coach?

As you can see, the same question asked a different way can yield multiple answers.

To add to the complexity of these questions, I also find myself questioning and debating my answers.
All of this is for the purpose of gaining clarity about one major question…

What could a more developed, well-rounded Linal Harris be and achieve, in all the different roles that he plays in life?

Think of this same question from the vantage point of who you could be and what you could achieve.

Big question, right?

reality and potential
The truth and reality of potential is the same for all of us. Just because I have the potential, doesn’t mean I will reach that potential.

So what does potential really mean?

Potential simply means what’s possible, as opposed to the actual.
Our potential is what or who we are capable of being or becoming.


We all know people who didn’t reach their potential.
…and while that can be a much more attractive focal point, most of us have yet to reach our own potential.

The truth and reality of potential is the same for all of us.
Just because I have the potential, doesn’t mean I will reach that potential.
Just because you have the potential, doesn’t mean you will reach your potential.

Thus, how can we ensure that we reach our own individual potential?

To answer this question, you will have to get very clear on the answer to two more fundamental questions about your potential.

1. Do you know directionally what your potential and possibility is?
2. What is your plan to overcome the distance between where you are now (the actual) and the potential (what is possible) for your life?

The answer to these two questions along with the original question of how to reach your full potential is:

  • Focus
  • Effort/Energy
  • Education
  • Development

To achieve the potential, you must FEED the potential!


  1. How focused are you on your potential?
  2. How much energy and effort are you expending to reach that potential?
  3. What do you need to know, that you don’t know today to be your potential?
  4. What development are you undertaking to practice being your potential?

One of the unfortunate realities of life, is that too many people die and get buried, having never lived or tasted the true extent of their potential.


“The graveyard is the richest place on the surface of the earth because there you will see the books that were not published, ideas that were not harnessed, songs that were not sung, and drama pieces that were never acted.” ~ Myles Munroe

Today, purpose in your mind the ideal to reach your potential.

Then FEED that potential and stay inspired; it’s a lifestyle choice!

About the Author:

Linal Harris
Global Entrepreneur – Certified Life Coach – Media Personality – Speaker


Linal Harris is a Corporate America graduate, global entrepreneur, certified life coach, and media personality. He has penned over 200 blog posts on his popular website of 5 years, InspirationalPerspective.com and recorded over 200 radio shows on his weekly WVON 1690 AM talk radio program, “Inspirational Perspective”—which he also broadcasts live to his Periscope channel. Harris is a heavily sought-after speaker for conferences and events across the country. He is gifted in custom designing presentations for specific audiences that motivate and inspire. He has been called upon by numerous professional career organizations, universities and Fortune 500 companies to facilitate goal-setting sessions and provide inspirational talks. In 2015, Harris was inducted into Triton College’s Alumni Hall of Fame and he was the recipient of the 2013 Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence award and the 2012 Chicago Urban Roundtable’s 40 Game Changers Under 40 award.

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