“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed…”

“The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be realized and channeled toward some great good.”

– Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author

During my initial full-day workshop to prepare my clients for coaching, I have them do a core values exercise where they narrow down a list of 60 values down to 20, then 10, then finally 3.

A very high percentage of the time, the value of “personal growth and development” (living up to the full use of their potential) makes at least the top 10.


What new oceans will you be sailing and what new continents do you plan to explore in the near future? How will you channel the potential within you toward some great good?

Consider exploring the work of Peter Senge, who wrote The Fifth Discipline and The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook, from which the list I use was developed:



“Always give without remembering. Always receive without forgetting.”

“Always give without remembering. Always receive without forgetting.”

– Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author

Generosity and gratitude are powerful forces. They help us live happier lives. Unfortunately, the wisdom of Brian Tracy’s quote is not always heeded, and people often do what I call “keeping score.” Put simply, this means that “I’ll give you one if you give me one.”

Under this “giving must equal getting” rule, it’s easy for a person to feel that the equation is unbalanced. The process of giving and receiving grinds to a halt, with potential anger and resentment as a result.


Answer the following questions:

How will you operate from a place of abundance and generosity today and in the future?

How will you go out of your way to acknowledge the small and large acts of kindness people offer today and in the future?

#44: “You can only adjust your course after you launch.”

– Brian Tracy, self-help author and motivational speaker (attributed)

Too many of us want guarantees in life. We want to be sure we win, get the right answer, arrive at the correct destination, even marry the right person. How many of us have failed in our lives, because we did not launch or take the risk of beginning something without any guarantee?

I began writing only a short time ago, not realizing that I could make each thing I wrote better through receiving coaching and counsel and therefore adjusting my course.


Where in your personal or professional life have you been reluctant to launch?

Consider how you might launch now and adjust your course later.

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