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#COMFORTZONE #POTENTIALZONE

It didn’t take me long to grow tired of the #stayathome tag.

For me, there was no working from home.

Being a part time lecturer, I knew too well how financially constrained our universities are to even afford online platforms for student learning.

I tried reaching out to some of my students who were willing to continue learning but still not able to engage because of constrained resources…

Remember that for them connecting to WhatsApp, Zoom or even sending an email requires bundles.

So for a moment, I felt helpless not only for my sake but also on their behalf.

As an energetic person, I always looked forward to some daily activity…

Some engagement…

A routine I had figured out everyday right until COVID-19 happened and disrupted my daily plans as I watched them.

Being a part time lecturer is akin to being a freelance contractor who is always on the move scouting for lecturing opportunities…

Opportunities that not only seem few and far between but also which do not pay as promptly.

This fact throws another spin into our world…

The reality of being debt collectors…

Always on the move from office to office to make claim for funds that are due to us.

All this was disrupted the moment we were told to stay at home.

For a moment, though feeling out of options, voices were still whispering in my ear:

…you have what it takes

…you can make it

…you can do it…

Voices that were promising but seemed somewhat empty…

Unrealized potential sometimes seems to convert us into armchair analysts capable of seeing success in all that’s possible without rolling up our sleeves.

Having been a victim of that kind of mentality, I knew that potential without action makes no sense because it doesn’t deliver the goods…

It doesn’t pay the bills…

It doesn’t put food on the table.

So as I sat down to consider my options, farming stuck out like a sore thumb.

Yes…I could teach…

Yes…I had worked in a bank and possessed credit skills…

Yes…I could mentor other young people…

But which among my skills had the most practical angle to it?

Which seemed the best fit to put into practice during lockdown?

Having been a full time farmer for two years I had honed some useful skills in crop cultivation.

Time had come for me to recall those skills back to action by rolling up my sleeves and using the space I had to grow food…

I did this for a couple of reasons:

Firstly, a person who cultivates his or her own food is empowered because food equals money.

But secondly, farming is intense and creates a sense of usefulness to one who has nothing else to do…

Infact this last statement just shows how low we relegate farming yet we eat everyday because farmers wake up everyday to their hustle and grind…

Not because it is their last option but because it’s their ONLY option.

Though we might do it because we have nothing else to do, it just might be one of the most essential jobs out there.

So back to my farming story…

With time, I realized that the space I had in my balcony wasn’t enough.

So as a person living in a flat, I needed to engage others around me for assistance.

Our apartment caretaker was gracious enough not only to allow me to use some idle space but also some running water to do my gardening thing.

Sooner rather than later, I was harvesting some spinach and coriander as I sowed some garlic and tomatoes.

Bottom line is the title of this article…

Nothing gives us hope during our low times than realizing that we have a potential…

A potential to rise up to the challenge…

A potential to do what we need to do…

A potential to do that job…

A potential to start that initiative…

A potential to start that business…

A potential to do the extra ordinary…

But that potential isn’t worth the paper it’s written on if we choose to sit in our comfort zones.

Yes…

The Comfort Zone…

That great killer of dreams and ambition.

At times it seems as if we are so consumed with looking for potential within us that we feel like staying in that comfort zone of possibilities forever.

But the reverse is true.

For potential to be worth it’s salt, it must be actualized…

By action.

We should choose to see our potential as a challenge brought to our faces instead of a praise song to our ears.

When someone says that they see potential in you, seek to act on it as if he or she has challenged you to do so…

Yes…

We are professionals equipped with all sorts of academic papers and credentials.

But a time comes when we must put aside what we deem as important in order to do what is actually important.

For some of us, we are sitting depressed waiting for the reopening of the economy yet we have tried and tested sales skills….

Look for a product to sell on social media.

For others, we are so uptight about keeping our jobs yet forget the poetic words we have written in our notebooks…

Step out and start a blog…

Write and sell your ideas…

Perhaps someone will notice you and give you that writing contract…

Perhaps you just might encourage another person.

For others, we are stressed out by our children at home wondering when schools will reopen yet we have a dream of starting a daycare…

Put aside your worries and start serving your kids and others will come along.

A man who has potential must not allow the comfort zone to do him in.

He must unshackle himself from it and create a path where others haven’t ventured.

He must realize that actualizing potential takes action.

So today declare war on your comfort zone.

Go all out.

Actualize your potential.

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