Potential vs Potency

12 Jan

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~Winston Churchill

Potential vs Potency

Potential is what’s possible
The things you may achieve
But it takes more than wishful thoughts
And saying you believe

There is a difference between having
A great deal of potential
And being potent and that thing
Is utterly essential

The key component to unlocking
The door of potency
Is how much gumption you have got
And if you are gutsy

Having talent does no good
If all you do is wait
And sit and hope that someone will
Discover you are great

There comes a point when one must tell
Themselves the brutal truth
Potential is a good excuse
For those who still have youth

But if the years are passing by
And talent’s still implied
Don’t you think it’s time you got
Up off the couch and tried?

Potency is when potential
Is put into motion
Possibility’s replaced
With hard work and devotion

No more plans of what you’ll do
And no more boastful talk
Ceasing with the aspirations
Then walking the walk

And doing what you’ve always had
The potential to do
Talking a big game but also
Following it through

Don’t just sit and wait for your
Big break to come about
The world is filled with people who
Have talent and just pout

That nothing ever comes their way
That opportunity
Never knocks at their front door
And they cannot foresee

That it never will arrive
That they must get up first
That success won’t come about
Unless it is coerced

With effort and with discipline
With courage and resolve
Only then can potential
To potency evolve

                           ~Miro

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15 Responses to “Potential vs Potency”

  1. Cat Forsley January 12, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    I was just listening to “Walk The Walk” ……
    Funny Huh !
    I couldn’t agree with You More Miro ..
    Being who You are – Inhabiting talent – integrating it – Being Your Art is POTENT……
    Beautiful poem . as always -! POTENT LESSON…….
    Cxx

  2. Maiya January 12, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Inspiring Warrior Poet! Well written.

  3. Jackie L. Robinson January 12, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    ‘Potency is when potential Is put into motion.’ Just read Zendictive’s post…and this feels to be a theme today. Thank you for sharing Miro. I always love your creative wisdom. xo

  4. adalamar January 12, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    THis is so true and very wise. I loved reading this. 🙂

  5. Amy January 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Excellent.

  6. Sunshine January 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Gifted and talented often defeated by sheer laziness.
    How to overcome this powerful disease?
    It’s not easy living on the comfy couch.
    Thanks.

  7. granbee January 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Miro, I experience you on this blog as still bearing a great deal of untapped potential and exercising a great deal of potency. Many good wishes for all that you are and that you will become!

  8. lscotthoughts January 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm #

    Another awesome, inspiring post, Miro! 🙂

  9. The Emu January 13, 2012 at 5:16 am #

    That is very stimulating words my friend , and so true
    My efforts to have my works produced in book form
    have fallen into the category you describe
    Waiting for recognition to fall in the lap is wasted time
    Change can only come from oneself and within
    Thanks for the reminder
    Emu aka Ian

  10. Sue Dreamwalker January 13, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Excellent ~Miro…. your own potential is unlimited… for it expands the mind to think.. We all have that potential to alter our way of being, and become that greatness we each have within.. … Keep reminding us.. 🙂

  11. khushjenny January 13, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Fantastic Miro…:)

  12. wordswithpurpose January 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Life is filled with endless possibilities, so why not have the courage to embrace them? Beautifully written! 🙂

  13. eof737 January 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Brilliant! I love this one… you delved deep into the subject and shared great nuggets of wisdom. 🙂

  14. unwrittentruth January 14, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    AWESOME last line. & development through out the whole poem.

  15. unwrittentruth January 14, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Actually the more i read it, the more i love it. it applies a lot to me (as im sure it does with many). but u are so right, “dreams are not something worth waiting for, they are something worth working for”…. our talents are the same way. u have to apply them to the world. force them in sometimes. i love this every time i read it again. nicely done

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