“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.” – Michelangelo
I have been actively exploring the pathways to personal potential for over 20 years. The majority of the books, teachers, and courses I have learned from seem to focus on what we need to DO to improve ourselves. What strategies, actions, characteristics, or skills do we need to adopt? How can we grow, stretch, go for it, reach, make it happen? What’s missing that we need to add to our lives?
The message appears to be that if I simply learn, grow and push hard enough, long enough, and smart enough, I’ll get there. Perhaps that’s just how I tend to see the world- give up nothing, take on everything, more is better, anything is possible. Far less attention seems to be given to letting go of what’s not working. What do we need to unlearn, eliminate, release?
If Michelangelo were chipping away at you, what would he get rid of?
The intricate details of The David simply could not be introduced without first eliminating the large excesses which did not work. The same goes for fine tuning the masterpiece of your life. There may be one major thing, the “big block.” You probably know what it is. Your big block prevents you from getting maximum benefit from your personal development efforts, no matter how hard, long, or innovative they may be. It’s like driving with the brake on. Eliminating your big block expands your current potential exponentially and brings new possibilities you may have never imagined.
Do you have a big block? This may include, but is not limited to:
- The past
What are you holding on to? Is it time to let go?