We’re told by many wise teachers that we use 10% of our potential at best. What would it be like to use 20% of your potential? What if you doubled your creative and productive output? What’s it take to do that?
Increasing one’s productive output is a matter of inspirational dissatisfaction. It’s easy enough to become dissatisfied with some part of your life, isn’t it. But the crucial moment comes when you respond to that dissatisfaction. Do you moan and grumble, and look down at the ground? Or do you become curious about what you may do to change things and look up at the stars?
Curiosity turns a depressed mood into an elevated mood. And, an elevated mood inspires right action. Watch small children; they know nothing about self-complacency. That’s because it’s not a natural reaction. Children intuitively understand that their usual way of thinking lack creativity – that’s why they love to ask a thousand questions. They love to think in unusual ways. It inspires them to try new things.
The right move to elevate your mood from bemoaning dissatisfaction to inspirational dissatisfaction is to be like a child again – begin asking more questions about your situation with an aim for improving matters.
Give yourself a small task every day to make your mind more curious about life. The mind is inspired when curious, and is depressed when you are too serious. Lighten up.
Here’s a good example: You can’t find your car keys. Don’t ask your spouse to help you. Speak to your mind. “Here’s an opportunity for you to work with me. Where could the keys possibly be? Help me ask myself the right questions to lead to the keys.” What you say to yourself has everything to do with how you live your life. There is no such thing as harmless self-talk – it’s either supporting your growth and development or harming your opportunities to progress.
Make your mind think of new locations; where you were last while holding the keys in your hand. It doesn’t take much before you find yourself thinking in new ways, which awakens your sleeping resources, which has you living a more curious and productive life.
What would it be like to use 30% of your potential?