Welcome to the first Podcast of Potential, Purpose and Passion. I am Wilmien Davis and I am excited to motivate and inspire you on your journey to grow in your Potential and find your Passion and Purpose in life.
To start a podcast has been a dream of mine for more than a year now. What an achievement to have made the commitment and take the plunge to do this eventually!!
Something about me: Listen to the end you and you are going to find one of my ‘obsessions’ in life – something to do with pieces…. J
You might wonder why I choose the subjects of Potential, Purpose and Passion for my Podcast. Well, I have personally experienced the joy, the freedom, the motivation energy when I stepped out of my comfy corporate job into the world I was passionate about. You can hear more of THAT story in the second podcast. It was a long journey to find my true passion. I was (and still am) good at many things, but they did not necessarily bring out the energy in me. As I grew older and learnt my purpose in life and found what I was passionate about, I started to look at other alternatives. I believe I’ve reached new levels of potential in my life. I believe I have reached a new level of success in my life.
Let us look at what success means, the basics of reaching more potential and how to puzzle it all out.
A famous quote by Albert Einstein resonates a lot with me
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value
So maybe one can dispute that success is the value you become. What are your values and how much value do you add to other people’s lives?
Can I claim that I am more successful? Well, it depends what you measure success by. It has been 4 years since my corporate season ended. Now I am working on my half day entrepreneurial coaching business (the other half of my day is dedicated to my children).
Am I more successful?
- Do I make more money? No!
- Do I drive a flashy car? No!
- Is my house perfect? No!
- Do I visit luxurious restaurants often, going to extravagant shows, having great entertainment parties? No!
- Do I go on vacations often? No!
- Is there anything wrong with these things? NO! all these things are good if the motivation behind them is good, if they are the results of having the important things in place and not instead of the important things.
By now you might think this potential thing is not very successful, but WAIT, let us continue with the list.
- Am I happier? YES
- Does my husband prefer the new me? YES
- Is my children more secure, loved, and more successful? YES
- Do I make a significant impact in other’s lives? YES
- Am I healthier? YES
- Am I more confident? YES
- Have I grown spiritually? YES
For me, THIS is success in life, it is the things NO one can take away from me – it is what defines me.
I believe the things on the first list will come with time and I have already seen some changes in my life towards more of that. But it CANNOT be my motivation. Money and all that comes with it, are a very poor and empty motivation. I have seen too many people with enough money and status, who are utterly depressed and unmotivated. The ones I have seen with luxury and more than enough money who were happy, are the ones who worked from a basis of passion and purpose.
An interesting quote that supports my thinking is from Nelson Mandela:
Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will
Only when I am free from all the limitations the world puts on me and the limitations that I am putting on myself, will I be able to find passion and purpose that can lead to making money without feeling that I sold myself out.
I have recently stumbled across a few stories of celebrities who ‘’had it all’ in life, but because their lives are rich, but empty, they either committed suicide or made news headlines of a drug overdose – all of this to fill the emptiness they feel inside. Success and happiness should not be your ultimate goal in life. We need to have a purpose. When you find your purpose, it will already fill you up with zest to direct your life towards a more meaningful existence. You need to find your passion. Being good at something, does not mean you are passionate about it. I am good at planning, but I don’t get passionate about planning other people’s lives. I am good at peeling potatoes, but I am NOT passionate about it.
Let us look at this quote from Zig Ziglar:
When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.
It is a worthwhile journey to find your potential that will lead to finding your passion.
You don’t have to quit jour job like I did to find your passion, purpose and potential. There are many people who find and discover it in the jobs they are already in.
I’ve worked 16 years for a large corporate as an engineer – there were years when I was at the top of my game, loving what I was doing and there were times when I hated it. Now, when I look back, I can see the roles I was playing, the types of activities I was doing and now I understand what motivated or demotivated me, what engaged or disengaged me.
Many of my coaching clients experience the same, they are bored, demotivated, disengaged. But if they embark on the journey to find their purpose and passion, they become creative, motivated and engaged again. I love to see the transformation and go on this journey with them.
I am not sure how many of you are familiar the Johari Window. It was a concept created by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham and is a technique that helps people better understand their relationship with themselves and others. I have also used this to help people understand how to reach more potential. Imagine a window you can look out of. The window has 4 panes (2 by 2), The two panes on the top are the part of your live what others can see through and the bottom panes are the parts others cannot see through. The left two panes are the ones you can see through and the right two panes are the ones you cannot see through.
This means the top left pane is open for all to see through, yourself and others. We call that the open window, the arena. The top right pane is only open for others to see through, you cannot see through it, and we call that your “blind spots”. The bottom left pane is the one you can see through, but you have it hidden from others. Therefore it is called the “façade” pane or the “masked” pane. Finally you have the pane at the bottom right hand side, which is the “closed” pane. I call this your hidden potential. Neither you nor the people around you are aware of that area. There is so much hidden there. I can talk hours on end around this topic and hope to share more with you as time allows, but for now I just want to you think about this. You might not think you have potential, but you might be blind for it. Or, you might have great dreams, which you have pushed down your whole life and no one even knows about it. There could be great potential hidden there. The more we tap into the top right and bottom left window panes, the bigger the open window pane will become and the smaller the hidden potential window pane. The more we are open to our blind spots and the more we drop our masks, the more of our potential we will reach. Think of people like Mother Theresa or Nelson Mandela. Did they know themselves? Were they open to hear feedback from other people? I think they had very few blind spots in their lives. Did they hide who they really were? From all the reports I’ve seen and heard, they were open to people, they did not hide who they were or even the faults they had. They had big open windows, and therefore they unlocked a lot of their potential and achieved success in life.
By opening your eyes for your blind spots and dropping your masks, you are building your puzzle of potential block by block, one step at a time.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
I want to urge you to reach your full potential, because I want you to achieve more potential excellence. One way I can help you is by sharing some of the things I learned, on this podcast. I am also going to interview people and highlight the way they tapped into their potential and puzzled it all out for you to benefit from. This podcast and journey with me will have something new every two weeks. We will find piece by piece of the puzzle and build it up. Podcasting is one of my puzzle pieces towards my potential and purpose. I cannot wait to find even more of my own puzzle pieces. Some episodes will not ‘fit’ with you – that is OK. That puzzle piece will not be for your puzzle, but other episodes WILL be the piece you’ve been searching for, almost giving up that you’ve lost it.
These podcasts will focus on all I am learning and researching to help you on your journey for reaching more potential. I believe I should practice what I preach, therefore you will hear a lot of my own practical experiences and I give you the full right to challenge me if I am not living up to my own standards or potential.
I would love to hear from you, especially the topics you would like me to expand on or add into the discussion. I will do the research and hard work and share the results with you. I am very excited to go on this journey with you!
Did you find out what my obsession is? It is building puzzles!
To wrap up. I have shared with you my view on success, what life is all about and how I think we can puzzle it all out.
Your feedback, subscription to the podcast and review will motivate me to give you GREAT content and it will motivate me to keep up with supporting you.
I would love to hear from you!!
Please send me your thoughts and feedback
- How do you define success?
- Have you found your passion and purpose?
- Which puzzle pieces do you still need for THIS season in your life?
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Until next time…
May the LORD bless you and keep you.
May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you
May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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