|Examine Your Life
Question Three : What is my potential? How may I reach it?
(see Rabbi Schwartz's answer at bottom of this page)
A. Silver :
first have to know that we ALL can reach our potential. Even though we
all must do all of the mitzvos that we are obligated to do – and the
way to do this is by learning how to do the laws (for example, the book
Kitzur Shulchan Aruch) – still, each one of us needs to develop their
speciality (s) as well as fix what needs to be fixed the most. Pick 1
mitzvah that you have a natural inclination towards and become an
expert at it – go all out and make this your special mitzvah, learn
everything about the mitzvah, beautify it as much as you can and even
go beyond the letter of the law in doing it. This is probably what
Hashem created you to excel at. And what is most difficult for you –
whether it’s a negative trait or habit – concentrate on this one thing
and go all out to conquer it. It may take months or years to conquer
it, but when you do finally conquer it, move on to the next trait or
habit that is hardest for you. Slow and steady wins the race. The race
is a one-person race against yourself to reach your potential. And we
ALL can do it.
My potential is indeterminable. I can only reach it through the
rejection of complacency as a Jew, friend, husband, son and neighbor.
The balance is to seek more and push more without resorting to
perfectionism. The best saftey net is probably the appreciation that
G-d understands mistakes and accepts and loves us despite such mistakes. liatsacks :
I imagine my potential as static or stored energy in the physics term. I
imagine my potential to be all of the things that I have going for me
and it is my job to find my potential and use it.
Potential, is unlimited, a capacity that is dertermined by many
factors, the first being the amount of effort that I personally
strive to reach that Potential, Hashem gave me the intelligence of an
acquring mind, and to use it to its fullest capacity.
can I reach that great uptapped potential ? Iam still working on it,
may Hashem help me to strive harder to reacher that goal.
potential is partly known and mostly unknown, we are multilayered and
complex beings, as I go through life and have different challenges I
try and meet those challenges with the right attitude and Emunah and
try my best, I am constantly trying to improve my performance and Tap
into my potential on all levels, by having regular goals and tapping
into our G-D given abilities in line with Hashem’s guidance through our
Torah and Mitzvot I believe I will use and reach some of that POTENTIAL.
potential is my action to trust, build emuna in the destiny Hashem has
for me. Seeking the revelation of the word, putting him first, serving
him first, and pleasing him first brings me closer to know his
will. The confidence in his unlimited resources for my potential
turns to favor in my life to accomplish his will. I seek genuine
tzaddik, a true spiritual man according to Numbers 27:18 for the
benefit of my potential. I believe Hashem does everything for a
specific purpose and I try to understand the message within whatever
What is my potential?
was created in the image of G-d. This gives me a tremendous opportunity
to reach high levels in my life. We also know that each person must
realize that the whole world was created for him / her. So the whole
world was created for me. If I am created in the image of G-d and I
have the whole world just created for me, I must by extension have an
enormous potential and also be very special in G-d's eyes'.
been given my own strengths and weaknesses like nobody else so I am
unique and cannot be compared to anyone. Only to my previous self can I
compare myself. I cannot be jealous of another and another person
cannot be jealous of me because we are given exactly what we have and
not a hairs breath more or less.
How may I reach my potential?
potential can be reached by following the Torah (The Divine guide book)
which spells out how I can reach my potential. I need to just follow
the instructions and apply myself and I have a good shot of reaching my
potential. As I reach one level of potential, by living my life
according to the Divine instruction, I then get given additional
potential to reach a new level. In other words my potential can never
be reached I can press my greatness / potential further and further and
hopefully by the time I get called home I will have passed my tests and
reached my potential.
Rabbi Schwartz :
question here is also the answer. In other words, we discover and
realize our potential from constantly asking ourselves, "What is my
potential? How may I reach it?"
Our potential is to be gods -
no less than the Creator Himself. However, just as a person who wishes
to reach the 100th rung of the ladder, needs first to climb rungs 1-99,
so too everything we achieve has to be done step by step. We need
always to be striving for the next rung, the next accomplishment, and
only after that, the one that follows it. This way, we climb to the
highest worlds. This way, we become godly beings. An important
ingredient here obviously, is to develop strong desires, powerful
wishes and prayers, begging for assistance towards our true
destination. Let's keep asking ourselves, "What's next on my list? What
next must I do en route to reaching my potential?"
point: We need to commit ourselves to this project for life. Then we
will have no reason to fear or resent it. For, the more we invest in
reaching our potential, the more exciting and inspired our lives will
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