I am sure you have had this question go through your mind many times in your life. Often the answer never seems to come and so you just suppress the thought in your subconscious and leave it alone for another time. Let’s take it out and look at three facets of the question: (a) in order for growth to occur what has to be done?, (b) how do you nurture your mind to fulfill your dreams?, (c) what is necessary to enhance your potential?
In order to experience growth you need to prepare yourself by getting rid of old baggage and things that tear you down such as: old failures, despair, negative attitudes, fears that keep you in bondage and continue to deteriorate your self -confidence. A helpful method to rid yourself of this darkness is to write down all these destructive thoughts on paper and then dig a hole, put the paper in the hole and burn it. This symbolizes that your old nature no longer exists and you are replacing it with a new beginning.
Once this step has been accomplished, you are ready to move into nurturing your mind to fulfill your dreams. Each of us has the power to choose our destiny, and to make this happen we need to create goals for the day, the week, the month, and the year. When you set goals for yourself, it is important that the goals motivate you, which means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If the goal is irrelevant in the larger picture or you have little interest in the outcome, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Set goals that relate to the highest priorities in your life. Goal achievement requires commitment to maximize the likelihood of success. You must have the attitude of urgency and one of “I must do this”. You must set “smart goals”, which means: S= specific, M=measurable, A= attainable, R= relevant and T= time bound. When you set “specific goals”, it means that the goal is crystal clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are not helpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction, nor do they map a way to accomplish where you want to go. Set “measurable goals”, which includes precise amounts and dates. For example saying, “Reducing debt” is too general as you can’t determine when you have been successful or you have no way to measure your success. When you set a measurable goal, you have the opportunity to celebrate that which comes with knowing you have actually achieved something. Set “attainable goals”, which means making sure that your goals are reachable otherwise, you will feel demoralized and it will tear down your self -confidence. Next, set “relevant goals”, which deals with the direction you want your life to go, and that will align with your career. Set “time- bound goals”, which means that goals must have a deadline. When you are working with deadlines, it helps you to focus more seriously on your daily, weekly, and monthly goals because you realize that achievement will come much quicker when you are focused on your goals, thus fulfilling your dreams.
What is necessary to enhance your potential? Basically, it is continually being motivated as O.G. Mandino says, “to surpass every action which was performed yesterday, to climb today’s mountain to the utmost of your ability, and not accept the terrible crime of aiming too low.” Always realize the importance of pursuing learning, to let your reach exceed more than your grasp, to raise your goals as soon as the old ones are accomplished, and to continue to strive to make each day better than the day before. It is important to not give up, trying even when it is difficult, and continuing on your hero’s journey no matter what the challenge may be in front of you. Team up with a person with whom you can mastermind, and who can help mentor you along the rough spots in life. Develop concrete objectives that will allow your goals to be met when you’ve applied the step by step process just like following a road map.
I hope, as we’ve looked at how to multiply your value a hundredfold, you have now seen some options to examine and realized that it is a continual process done over and over again in spite of the many stumbles. As Pat Riley expressed it in her quote,“ Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” Or as Cicely Tyson says, “I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.” As O.G. Mandino reminds us in the 8th scroll, one grain of wheat when multiplied a hundredfold ten times, can feed many cities of the earth. Aren’t you more than a grain of wheat and aren’t you willing to let your greatness shine out to help others? When you do, you will experience the special blessing of this scroll along with growth, which will multiply your value a hundredfold.