Recently I received the following in a Linked In message: “Just wondering what you are up to these days. It’s over 11 years since our session in Callaway Gardens, which I still remember as fundamentally life-changing. Since then, I have faced many challenges, and I fall back on those lessons-learned fairly often (perhaps too often!) Regards, John” The name has been changed to protect the person’s identity.
Wow! That was 11 years ago and this person is still deriving value from our few days together in a program. Those small life lessons, those kind words, those insights have stuck with him, and changed his outlook and responses to life’s ever-changing landscape.
The opposite is also true. My wife, Andrea, was told by one of her teachers that she “wasn’t a science person”. That stuck with her. She never thought she was good at science and became a counselor. Years later, she went to Life Chiropractic and became a chiropractor, and has been practicing for over 30 years. She is an amazing chiropractor and heads up the part of our leadership programs that focus on physical well-being and performance. Chiropractic is highly technical and you have to remember minute details of human anatomy and physiology. And she did it despite her teacher’s ludicrous proclamation. Imagine if he had told her that with some hard work and effort, she could be amazing at science and that she could be anything that she desired to be? What would the outcome have been? Andrea overcame that assessment of her and has done very well. But what about all of those people out there that have been beaten down by authority figures, parents, and teachers? What untapped potential are we destroying with our words?
Words are very powerful. Choose them carefully. You can either build people up and set the foundation for a future that is full of possibilities or you can tear people down and set the tone for their life that diminishes their potential and who they are as human beings. So, make up your mind today to take every opportunity to build people up and increase their potential. Together, we can create a world where everyone is valued for their unique talents. Together, we can help to unlock the limitless potential that is in every human being.