Our full potential is 100%, right?
We do our very best to give 100% of 100% of ourselves.
Sometimes we are only able to give 80%, 75%, or even 50% of 100% of ourselves.
Whether we give 80% or 50%, we are still giving our best effort of 80% or 50%.
We all have emotions, beliefs, obstacles, burdens, struggles, conflicts, past pains, judgements, and shames that have the ability to limit our potential.
Let’s say you and I are in the same class together. We have a test one morning that is graded immediately. After 10 minutes you hand in your test and get back a 100% of 100%. After 30 minutes I hand in my test and get back 30% of 100%. Naturally, we can conclude that you’re smarter than me based off of the grade and the time it took to complete… but is that really true based off of one (or even several repeated) experience(s)?
What if I didn’t eat a good breakfast that morning and that affected my blood sugar, mental clarity, and ability to retain information?
What if I wasn’t able to fully study because I had to take care of my little brother who has been sick for quite some time?
What if I was dealing with an internal emotional battle because my parents were going through a divorce?
What if I don’t care about school and constantly fail tests, but that is a manifestation of a sexual shame that I experienced when I was younger to believe I am not good enough in present day?
What if I knew all of the answers but chose to fail because it was more fulfilling to be perfectly “stupid” rather than being perfectly “smart”?
I may have failed the test, but I was giving my best – it may not have been my 100% best, but it was my best effort given my situation(s).
Do not judge, assume, or blame others for their faults (we do that enough to ourselves) – have faith, trust, and encourage others for their abilities.
Do not give people the benefit of the doubt – give people the benefit, the respect, and the empathy that they deserve.
Be kind. For everyone you meet if fighting a hard battle. - Plato