Potential vs Performance

Potential versus performance

The old man stood rooted to the Rocky  soil in shocked disbelief

As long white beard flowing in the warm breeze, his gnarled hands grasping the shepherd’s staff.

He was 80 years old, having been a shepherd for 40 years. He had a speech impediment, and now he was being asked to leave millions.

Impossible! He protested

The Shepherd gave not one, but five reasons why he couldn’t do it

1)he wasn’t the person for the job

2) He was afraid that people wouldn’t understand who had sent him

3) He was afraid that people want to believe him

4) He felt he wasn’t a good enough speaker to be a leader

5) He wanted someone else to be sent in his place

Anticipating resistance and rejection from his people, Moses felt that God was using poor judgment and selecting him for such a significant task.

Everyone, at some time in life, will feel as inadequate as Moses felt, unworthy of the task before him.

This is normal. However, when a person feels this way most or all of the time, it’s often the result of poor self-esteem.

A person’s self-image, how she views yourself as a person, determines her attitudes toward life situations which she will confront on a daily basis.

The best preparation for success is to have a strong, healthy self-image.

It’s the very core of your personality, affecting every aspect of your behavior.

It controls your ability to learn, your rate of growth and change, and the choices you make with respect to friends, career, and a mate.

The self-image you have is your source for personal happiness. It establishes the boundaries of your accomplishments.

It determines the limits of your fulfillment.

Your self-image is your opinion of who you are divided by your opinion of what it takes to do your job. The result is the way you behave throughout your lifetime.


The number one thing you must do to become a winner is believe that you have the right to be successful.

A winner is simply a man or woman who sees the possibility of becoming successful and does what it takes to achieve it.

And a winner does it without hurting others or compromising his or her beliefs and convictions.

Schoolteachers once told a 16-year-old that he should give up and quit school. They told him he would never be successful because he wasn’t smart enough.

In fact most of his teachers all through school had told him that he would never amount to anything worthwhile.

They told him the only work he would ever be able to do was manual labor.

Between the ages of 16 and 32 he’d held 67 different jobs. He drifted from one job to another, unable to be successful at any of them.

For some reason, at age 32 he was given an IQ test. The people who administered the test were shocked to learn that he had an IQ of 161.

Today that man is a well-known scientist, working with lasers and other modern scientific inventions.

He was even president of the Mensa Society for two years. An organization which requires an IQ of 145 for membership.

At age 32 he was considered an idiot. Age 33 he was recognized as a genius, studying to make up for all the education he had missed.

How could he make such a dramatic change within only a few months?

How could a supposed idiot become one of the world’s leading scientists?

Because he was able to change the way he saw himself. The secret to being a winner is to see yourself as a winner and believe that you can make it. People actually perform the way they see themselves performing in their minds

Your self-image has nothing whatsoever to do with your potential, but everything to do with your performance.

Dr. Dorothy Jong Ward, author of everybody wins, has said that we were born to win and conditioned to lose.

Something or someone begins to tear down that picture of what you want to be. You allow it to reduce you, step-by-step, to the point where you accept less than the best for yourself.

It’s in this condition that most of us pass through life, believing that we can never do better or be better than what we are now.

We are commanded to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. This tells me that before people can respond positively and effectively with love towards others, they must first love themselves.

We were created to love who we are, not to live up to someone else’s standards and expectations.

To be successful, to be what you want to be, you got to see yourself as a winner and develop a positive, healthy self-image.

The self-image controls the person attitudes, or interpretations of what happens to her, based on what she believes yourself to be.

A person’s basic attitudes will give you a clue as to whether that person likes himself or not.

There are those who will get up in the morning and say, good morning. And then there are those who will get up in the morning and say it’s morning. Which one are you?

It’s impossible to change a person’s attitudes without first changing that person self-image–The source of those attitudes.

The self-image controls your attitudes, which in turn controls your needs.

A person with a positive, healthy self-image who set goals to strive toward will have different needs than a person with low self-esteem who is starving for affection and is apathetic towards goals because he can never see himself as successful.

Drive and motivation come from this basic chain. This is what moves us to become what we want to be. This is where fear and faith are located.

You must begin with a healthy self-image if you’re going to fulfill your needs, if you’re going to have the things necessary to survive, and then be successful in life.

This intern, presents positive attitudes and motivation and drive to set goals.

So let’s recap

1) We need to have a healthy self-image

2) That leads to having a good attitude

3) Having a good attitude leads to motivation

4) Having motivation leads to getting into action, having work ethic, and achieving results.

You have a right to be successful, and the things that are holding you back are deep within you.

The secret to  success  begins in the subconscious mind with a strong self-image. Such a view of oneself takes years to develop, but can be positively changed with a little work.

Successful people are willing to set goals and pay the necessary price for success and accomplishment.

Why won’t people do what it takes to be successful?

Anne  Pearson was a victim of circumstance, of near failure, yet she turned her life into something positive while others might have given up. Why? What pushes the few to pay the price and do the things that on successful won’t do?

The answer to that question lies in a good self-image which provides people with the necessary attitudes and motivation.

So when we believe in ourselves we get motivated. When we get motivated we get results. When we have results we have people following us. When we have people following us we climb the higher ladder of success.

It had nothing to do with our potential, it has everything to do with our performance, and we only perform when we believe in ourselves.

The self-image controls the attitudes which control your needs which in turn controls your emotions. From your motions come your habit patterns. We live the majority of our lives by habit.

Habits come from the subconscious mind. If your habits are wholesome, you must be a happy person. If they are not, you should make every effort to change them so that you can live a fuller, more vivacious life.

Your habits are an important part of your life. You need them to function. Fortunately, habits are automatic.

Imagine the person who hasn’t acquired good hygiene habits going off to work in the morning without a shower, without brushing their teeth, and without combing their hair.

All of our habits reflect subconscience feelings or emotions.

Psychologists believe that people with bad habits have negative emotions or feelings about themselves, in other words, low self-esteem.

Habits can be good, even inspiring, and the whole art of living is to overcome bad habits and rise above them to habits that make for a good life.

A person’s emotions control their ultimate behavior.  We’ve now touched the end of the chain. Yourself image controls your attitudes.

If, because of your lifestyle, background, status, past experiences, or physical appearance, you don’t believe yourself to be a winner, You will begin to look for a reason or an excuse to fail.

That, in turn, will affect your attitude, which will affect those things you need in life, which will affect your basic emotions and habit patterns, Which will affect your ultimate behavior.

Thus, you will see yourself as a loser. You will start acting like a loser,  destined  to fail.

And then, you won’t be surprised when you do. Failure is a direct result of poor self-esteem and the anticipation of failure.

Your ultimate behavior takes the chain full circle because it’s a direct reflection of yourself image.

There is a young lady from the Midwest who I greatly admire.  In 1983, she was ranked the third-best high diver and her state, only 2 1/2 points behind the first-place diver. Today she’s preparing herself to becoming world champion high diver.

Recently, she was honored with an award for typing 43 words per minute. Most typist know that 43 words per minute is no great accomplishment for a typist. But my young friend has no arms!

She types with her toes and dives with no arms. In spite of a serious disabling handicap, she sees herself as a winner and believes in herself.

Her attitudes and behavior reflect that belief and positive self-image. It is because of this belief in herself that she’s able to surpass overwhelming odds and accomplish great things.

Your self-image is everything you have ever learned or been told about yourself, whether it’s true or not.

You can do great things if you will only believe that you can.

Your self-image has everything to do with your behavior, your performance, your reactions to situations, in the events around you.

However yourself image has nothing whatsoever to do with your potential–What you have the ability to become as a person and accomplished in your lifetime.



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