Book Review: The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be, by Mark Sanborn
Most of us would agree that we have not achieved our full potential. We would also agree that we aren’t sure how to find the path that will lead us to greater fulfillment. Consequently, we settle for good enough and go through life on cruise control.
Mark Sanborn’s conviction is that no matter what you’ve done so far, you can still become better. He believes that constant improvement is not only possible, it is a necessity. His latest book, The Potential Principle: A Proven System for Closing the Gap Between How Good You Are and How Good You Could Be, lays out a paradigm for growth.
Sanborn’s path to improvement, or “the potential matrix,” involves escalating performance, leveraged learning, deeper thinking, and insightful introspection. He spends one chapter on each concept to flesh out what he means. The means to improvement requires the reader to disrupt yourself, (re)focus, engage others, and increase one’s capacity. Again, he spends one chapter on each concept to explain what and how to do it.
As the author explains in the opening chapter, one of the keys to growth and improvement is the willingness to experience failure and discomfort.
One of the keys to continual improvement is the willingness to risk disappointment, to see disappointment not as a bad thing to be avoided but as proof positive we are aiming higher and striving to get better. I will go so far as to say that highly successful people are more often disappointed than are other people. They just don’t let disappointment bother them.
The author combines personal illustrations, biblical principles, interviews with business leaders in explaining his concepts. While the book is interesting, it would be most effective if read in conjunction with a coach, accountability partner, or small group who could encourage you in putting it into practice.
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