MORE POWER TO US!

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

Just like the full mean­ing of per­fec­tion, un­til re­cently I did not fully un­der­stand ‘po­ten­tial’, es­pe­cially when it is to do with peo­ple’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties. We, I used to be­lieve, are a prod­uct of our cir­cum­stances and there­fore we are – most of the time – striv­ing to seize the mo­ment in the best way pos­si­ble. Hop­ing to come out on top even­tu­ally – without hav­ing to re­gret the de­ci­sions we make in the process – we are con­stantly strad­dling pri­or­i­ties, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the sev­eral chal­lenges that we are faced with.

In my per­spec­tive of life, then, sit­u­a­tions had po­ten­tial. And life was all about what we made of those sit­u­a­tions – curve balls not­with­stand­ing.

So, as I went through the ar­ti­cle ‘Play to your strengths’ on page 28 ,Ihad a light-bulb mo­ment that made me re­alise our po­ten­tial lies in our as­sets. And iden­ti­fy­ing the traits and skills that make us unique – if not bet­ter – not only builds our con­fi­dence, but helps us stay pos­i­tive. Analysing our per­son­al­ity, how­ever, is a life-long process, but by stay­ing fo­cused on it, we would be able to shed qual­i­ties, re­la­tion­ships

PO­TEN­TIAL lies in our AS­SETS. And IDEN­TI­FY­ING the traits and SKILLS that make us UNIQUE – if not bet­ter – not only BUILDS our CON­FI­DENCE, but helps us STAY POS­I­TIVE

and habits that sap our en­ergy, dampen our en­thu­si­asm and re­strict us from re­al­is­ing our dreams and achiev­ing our goals.

What the process of hold­ing the mir­ror up to our­selves also does is it trans­forms us into team play­ers. From in­di­vid­u­als try­ing to prove a point by tak­ing on more than we can han­dle – con­stantly wor­ry­ing about whether we are good enough or not – we grad­u­ally be­gin to iden­tify the strengths of oth­ers and we weave to­gether a team that com­ple­ments our strengths. So go ahead: un­lock your po­ten­tial and find an im­proved ver­sion of your­self. Carpe diem!

Mri­nal Shekar deputy ed­i­tor mshekar@gulfnews.com

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