Here’s an interesting quote by William Walker Atkison
“I am reminded of the words of Lovell: “There are infinite powers lying dormant in man, here, now — powers which, could he but catch a glimpse of, would endow his life on this planet with greater splendor, and impart to it a redoubled interest.”
The man who regards himself as a creature built on a certain mental plan, and incapable of any material change beyond an improvement of the faculties already being expressed, sees but a small portion of the truth regarding himself and his possibilities.
Very few men express or manifest more than a small part of their latent power. They live long lives and go down to their graves without suspecting that within their mental kingdom there had reposed dormant faculties, and latent powers which, if expressed, would have enabled them to have lived far wider, broader, fuller lives.
Nearly every man who has attained success along any of the varied lines of human endeavor will tell you that at some period of his life he was called upon to assume certain responsibilities—undertake some unaccustomed task—play some unfamiliar part on life’s stage—and then much to his surprise found that he had within him the power, capability, and qualifications for a successful accomplishment of the strange task.
The crucial point was when he was brought face to face with the new undertaking. If, as is the case with the majority of men, he lacked nerve enough to say “I Can and I Will,” the story was ended. But if he had that something within him which enabled him to assert his determination to face the thing manfully and at least to go down with his flags flying rather than to run away, he would find much to his surprise that there was within him a power which responded to the needs of the hour and which enabled him to master the undertaking.
These experiences are not exceptional or unusual—they are part of the common experience of nearly all successful men. And successful men get to realize that they have within them, hidden in some of the many recesses of the mind, latent powers, unsuspected talents, and dormant faculties which are awaiting calmly the hour of their call to action”
This is not something that is written only in a book to look pretty. Atkinson is writing about a very important truth that you do well to reflect on.
Particularly about your own latent powers, your “dormant faculties” which you only know when start to do different things in your life.
Different thoughts, actions and behaviors that will lead you to the life you want to have.