Jim Rohn was an entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker. He came from very humble beginnings and developed into a successful businessman. After his success in business, he devoted much of his time to conveying his thoughts about personal development. This was often the topic of his speeches and books. In his book, Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, Rohn describes what he identified as the five components of success in life: philosophy, attitude, action, results, and lifestyle.
In this book Rohn wrote, “It seems that every life form on this planet strives toward its maximum potential…except human beings. A tree does not grow to half its potential size and then say, ‘I guess that will do.’ A tree will drive its roots as deep as possible. It will soak up as much nourishment as it can, stretch as high and as wide as nature will allow, and then look down as if to remind us of how much each of us could become if we would only do all that we can.”
What a great quote for us to start off 2015! What if we made this year our year of maximum potential? Our year of doing all that we can? No specific resolutions that we’ll break in a month or two, just doing all that we can throughout the whole year. This means striving to be the best leaders we can be, the best friends we can be, the best family members we can be, the best community members we can be. Just think about the possibilities if we commit to achieving our highest potential in all that we do.
Let the image of Rohn’s tree motivate you this year. Think about digging your roots deeper, soaking up as much nourishment as you can and stretching as high and as wide as you can. This nourishment can take many forms – knowledge, health, fitness, friendship, education, training – and can be personal for you. Whatever your nourishment is, soak it up. Then use it to reach as high as you can. Make this your year of maximum potential. Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is a year in which you do all that you can.
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