Soul Food for Friday: Quotes for Reaching Your Potential

The NFL draft is one of my favorite times of the year. I read, I watch and being a San Diego Chargers fan I pray. What I love about the draft goes beyond the excitement of a team being on the clock, wondering who will be picked next and not even the surprise of a trade by a mystery team moving up.

What I love about the NFL draft is “potential”. TJust listen to each team’s general manager explain why they picked who they picked. They will talk about football skills, needs being filled, and intangibles that will make a difference in the year ahead.

This week’s Soul Food for Friday features quotes for reaching your potential whether you are drafted this weekend or like me are still sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring.

“Success is living up to your potential. That’s all. Wake up with a smile and go after life … Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it.” — Joe Kapp (Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings)

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential … these are the keys taht will unlcok the door to personal excellence.” — Eddie Robinson

“I’m not a has-been. I’m a will be.” — Lauren Bacall

“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world’s problems.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“To be what we are and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“The creation of a thousand forest begins in one acorn.” — Henry Ford

“My father turned my life around insisting I be more than I was and by believing I could be more.” — Oprah Winfrey (both my mom and dad did that for me!)

“if we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” — Thomas A. Edison

“When I was a kid I was told that anybody could become president. I’m beginning to believe it.” — Anonymous

“Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.” — Winston Churchill

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes (John Maxwell taught me this quote, it’s why I love to learn and to read.)

‘Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.” — Braveheart

“I would describe myself as a person who was so afraid of remorse and afraid of God, that he had to act in a way that other people called heroic.” — Vaclav Havel, Faith Under Fire 

“if you treat an individual as he is, he will stay that way, but if you treat him as if he were what eh could be, he will become what he could be.” — Goethe

“Dwell in possibility” — Emily Dickinson

“Imagination … it’s limits are only those of the mind itself.” — Rod Serling (a good Twilight Zone to enter!)

“The message from the moon … is that no problem need any longer be considered unsolvable.” — Norman Cousins

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! — Ann Frank

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur Clarke

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” — Helen Keller

“A ship in harbor is safe, bu that is not what ships are built for.” — William Shedd

So where are you ready to set sail with your potential? What quotes motivate you to reach your potential?


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