Potential? I'll Pass

By: Allison Annala, Guest Blogger

“You have so much potential!”


The sheer mention of the word, “potential” gives me the heebie-jeebies, and I’ll tell you why.

As an adjective, potential means “possible; capable of being or becoming.” As a noun, potential means “possibility; a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.”

To me, the word potential means something that is being stored up and NOT BEING USED.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want people talking about my “potential” like it’s a good thing. I have this image in my head of adorable, little old ladies at the hair salon whispering about how sweet little Allison has all sorts of potential and wondering whether or not my awesomeness will develop.

No thank you!

I want them to KNOW my awesomeness. I want them to chat about my abilities, my proficiencies, and my steadfastness in achieving my goals.


Potential is great in theory, and if you have it congratulations! But the question is, what are you going to do with your potential? Whether you’re an athlete, a musician, an artist, a writer, or whatever you may be, don’t let simply having potential be enough for you! Let your awesomeness radiate from you. Set goals and actively go after them!


Because that is exactly what you deserve!

If your best friend had a dream to conquer, and you knew she had the potential to achieve that goal wouldn’t you encourage her to go after it?!


Let’s support ourselves the same way we support our friends. Believe in yourself and don’t let the word “Potential” limit you!

You have potential?


Now go out there and prove it… to yourself!

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About Allison

IATGbioPic.jpgAllison began gymnastics at the age of 4 and continued her career through college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Now, she uses the life lessons learned through the sport to help young women discover their greatness! She is a huge advocate for girls and women, particularly when it comes to body image and self-worth! Along with teaching, Allison now coaches gymnastics at her Alma matter, where she earned her BSE in Health and Human Performance and her MSE in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Physical Education. She loves sharing her passion for gymnastics with women of all ages and her passion for life and love on her blog www.allison-lifeisbeautiful.blogspot.com. She is so thrilled to be an advocate for IATG and can’t wait to help inspire women all over the world! Allison tweets at @annalamountain





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  • commented 2014-12-01 08:05:33 -0800
    Thanks, Impatient girl!! I think we all (myself included) need a little reminder every once in a while! We are worth so much more than we give ourselves credit for… Have a great week, and make sure to let your potential out of the bottle! :)

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