I love people. More than that, one of my favorite things to do as a leader is discover and develop the potential in a persons life.
I truly care about the people I lead. I do my best (not always perfect at it) but I do try to invest in, care about and develop them to live a more fulfilled life.
I’ve had the privilege for 25 years to occupy my life with this endeavor. At times I’ve had success and others times I’ve failed.
Having had this many years working with people I have learned a few things. One thing I have seen over and over again is people, including myself, at times have failed to reach their potential because of insecurity. Insecurity buries potential beneath the rubble of fear.
It is my contention that potential is like buried treasure inside each of us. It’s great to know you have wealth and treasure hidden away somewhere but it has very little value when it’s buried. To see the value in treasure you spend it or invest it or even save it for a later purpose but to simply bury it away and then claim to be wealthy is a farce. I submit to you the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Potential, our buried treasure, needs to be dug up and used, but we hide it away for fear it won’t be accepted. We bury it because we are afraid we will look foolish, or that someone will think that we are acting like we are better than them.
The fear of the lack of people’s approval, the fear of rejection, the fear of losing everything, so we gain nothing by doing nothing.
Layers and layers of insecurity burying the treasure, God given I might add, that gives our life value and meaning.
So yes we have treasure, but it has no worth because it’s hidden. It’s worthless treasure. I can’t think of anything more sad.
I encourage you get a shovel, take a risk and start throwing the dirt of insecurity off of your dream, dig it up, and start investing in life. I believe worth and value will flood your life and you will be confident to produce your potential, once you use your potential by clearing away the thief of insecurity.