How to Achieve Your Highest Potential – A Lesson from a Genius
“Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dalí, and I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today, this Salvador Dalí.”
I think most men yearn to live lives of impact, connection and abundance, lives that matter…but how many feel they really do? Personally it was this yearning to make a difference that got me to here. It is that yearning that has me write this article and it’s why I love how Salvador approached each day, which I think is key to learning how to fulfill your potential in life.
It must be wonderful to awaken wonderstruck, feeling supreme pleasure and possessing the opportunity to do something remarkable? This the foundation for living an inspired life, an opportunity open to every man who chooses it, yet it’s rarely taken.
I get excited when I consider what the world would look like if every man awoke with this idea about himself and the intention to do something prodigious each day. I think it would transform the world into a Utopian paradise where peace would prevail.
No longer would men be taking their own lives or violently killing one another. We would have far more important things to do with our time. Suffering would be diminished as life would no longer be exchanged for mundane jobs and mediocre paychecks.
Men would naturally choose bigger adventures. Life would be a daily exploration of joy and authenticity. All relationships would be transformed and our innate creative force would be utilised to its full potential, birthing even more remarkable masterpieces and innovations into the world.
It would be a world engulfed in an energy of kinship and excitement as ALL men (and women) would delight in their lives. This sounds like a place I’d like to live in. You?
Yet the reality is most men give up this chance. In the words of Robert Anton Wilson, instead choosing work that is “stupid, monotonous, brain-rotting, irritating, usually pointless and basically consists of the agonizing process of being slowly bored to death over a period of about 40 to 45 years of drudgery”
It isn’t all our fault (but that doesn’t mean we can abdicate responsibility).
From the day we’re born, the middle and working classes are being groomed to follow a deluded dogma, that has us adopt a myriad of false beliefs about how we should live our lives. We get hoodwinked by a so called democratic society, which is actually gripped by fear and driven by greed and consumption.
Then one day, when we’ve accumulated everything we’ve been told we need to be happy but yet still feel like we’ve lost our way. We don’t know who we are or how we’ve ended up where we have, without any sense of purpose or meaning in our lives.
The Tipping Point
We are left feeling empty, burned out, frustrated, unstable and lonely. However if this is where you find yourself don’t be disheartened because this is the tipping point, the place where you can reclaim the opportunity to live with supreme pleasure by starting to follow that deep yearning urging you to escape the perceived safety of the shadows.
Or you can choose to stay asleep.
In my experience this is the chance to begin discovering what expressing yourself authentically looks like and what it feels like to get truly comfortable in your own skin. This is the doorway that leads the way to creating your life around your passions and unique gifts, which otherwise may lay dormant and be taken to the grave.
But, it’s hard to break free from all of those limited ideas you might have about life that fuels your ego’s need to seek fulfillment externally. It is really hard to see through the false beliefs that stop you recognising the creative force you seek has always been with you; quietly waiting for you to call on it so you can begin fiercely tapping into your true potential.
Salvador knew this.
But to believe living a supremely pleasurable life is only available to the geniuses among us would be doing mankind a disservice. You don’t have to be an acclaimed eccentric like Salvador or exhibit the kind of enigmatic behavior he was often criticized for…but then again you might want to!
At his core he wasn’t any different to you or I, but he tapped into something bigger than most men ever recognise is available. Salvador discovered the work of a genius cannot emanate from the mediocre imagination of someone who’s closed off to the magic of life, afraid to share himself no holds barred.
His masterpieces emerged from his willingness to let himself go wherever life drew him as much as they were about his obvious talents. This sense of freedom gave his imagination free reign to go to realms most people’s minds can’t comprehend.
Salvador as you’d expect wasn’t alone. Mozart knew this too, he said “I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”, “All I insist on, and nothing else, is that you should show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak—and speak in such a way that people will remember it.”
Are you willing to follow their lead?
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