"“He also who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow, and gathering where you didn’t scatter." - Matthew 25:24
One of the keys to living a successful life is to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and IN YOUR POTENTIAL, which God has invested in your life. Living your life based on people's perception about you could make you receptive to imaginations and thoughts of mediocrity. The parable of the talents gave us a graphic illustration about how people respond to others' perception about them. The recipient of one talent believed that the Master who gave him the talent is wicked and all he felt he could do was to bury the talent. On top of this, he thought little about himself. He had no self-confidence and also didn't believe he would rise above the curve. Hence, he chose not to make the most of his talent. Brian Tracy wrote, "Average people are usually confused about their goals, values and ideals, and as a result, they go back and forth and accomplish very little." The converse applies to purpose-driven personalities. People who think big and have a long term perspective have a sense of purpose and believe in what they are capable of achieving with their potential.
While it is important to believe in your dreams, you also need to BUILD UP STEAM TO PURSUE YOUR GOALS. The fact that others are losing steam shouldn't be a license to hit the brakes and lay aside your goals. You need to resolve in your mind that you would be unstoppable until you maximise your potential. It is not deniable that oppositions exist. However, what is of supreme importance is not to allow oppositions and delimiters to define the extent to which you could go. You can be whatever you want to become if you don't lose momentum. Know that your unswerving momentum is the trump card that could help me you discard every discouragement on your way to stardom.
It's also noteworthy that your ability to live beyond the average would be determined by the value of your relationships. The kind of relationship you keep can either keep you on the radar for impact or keep you stuck in trauma. Some people are traumatised by virtue of the relationships they plunge into. However, if you would BUILD QUALITY RELATIONSHIPS with people who are capable of inspiring you towards excellence, your life would certainly take an upward swing. Abraham had to separate himself from Lot when an irreconcilable strife ensued between their herdsmen. Had he remained stuck with Lot, he would have lived below God's expectations for his life. Are you in doubt of the power of your potential while this has caused you to drop the ball? Rethink the value of those potential and appropriate them wisely. Are you stuck in a relationship that is making you to go downhill? Follow God's counsel for the right decision that would turn your tide and make you live up to God's expectations for your life.