Here is the full transcript of American motivational speaker Jim Rohn’s inspiring speech: Wake Up Your Potential.
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Jim Rohn – American author and motivational speaker
All life-forms strive to the max of its potential, except human beings. All life forms strive to the max of its potential, except human beings.
How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. You never heard of a tree growing half as high as it could. No, trees don’t grow half. A tree drives its roots deep as it can, reach as high as it can, produces every leaf it can, every fruit it possibly can to the max. Every life form strives to the max, except human beings.
Now, why not human beings? Jot this down. You’ve been given the dignity of choice. You’re not a robot; you don’t have to repeat this year the same as last year. You can tear up last year’s plan, develop a new plan. So the dignity of being a human being.
Now here’s the choice on being a human being — to be part of all we were meant to be, or to be all to strive for all, or half, or part, or some, the choice is up to you.
Life is not just the passing of time. Life is not just the passing of time. Life is a collection of experiences, their frequency and their intensity. Life is not just watching the clock tick away. Life is a collection of experiences, their intensity and their frequency.
When should you start the day? As soon as you have it finished. Plan the day the best you can, leaving plenty of room for improvising and surprises and all the stuff that happens during the course of the day. But if you’ve planned a good productive day, now you start that day, you can’t believe how much more valuable your time will be. Don’t start the day until you have it finished.
Now, here’s the next one: Don’t start the week until you had it finished. Now to lay out a week is a pretty good challenge.
Next, don’t start the month until you have it finished — the places to go and the people to see, and the productivity and the sales and the customers and the development and all the rest of what you want to accomplish during the course of 30 days. Don’t start the month till it’s finished.
And then here’s the big one. This is really challenging: Don’t start the year until you have it finished. To the best of your ability, it can’t be finished like minute by minute, and it might get all upset. It might get torn up and you do anew and you make so much progress the first 90 days that now you’ve got, you’ve multiplied it all by 2, by 3, because that happened to me. I thought wow, here’s how this is going to be a great year.
By the time I had finished the third month, I’m rolling, I am soaring, so many things are happening, I revise my whole year’s plan.
I got better – I got better day by day and week by week, and month by month and I’m asking you to do the same thing, until you can develop a long arm and a long reach, until you can develop influence that won’t quit, touch people – touch people now you couldn’t touch before, conduct the meeting now you couldn’t conduct before, heart and soul now mixed in there that wasn’t there, missing before. I am asking all of you to get better in spite of the winter, in spite of the downturn — the money downturn, the social downturn, the personal downturn, whatever it is: just get stronger, get better.
I’m asking you to drive worry into a small corner, you’ve got to worry some. All this negative stuff serves some purpose but the key is for you to be the master, not the servant.
Here’s what I’m asking you to do: you be the master of worry; drive it into a small corner; don’t let it loose. And I’m asking you to go home with some new faith and some new courage. I’m asking you: don’t worry, drive it into a small corner. We’ve all got concerns and sometimes we all wonder and sometimes there’s a little crack of doubt; we worry a little but I’m telling you drive it into a small corner – drive your worries into a small corner.
Enemies of the mind – you’ve got to do battle with in the summer. One is pessimism that tries to get you only to see the negative side. Of course, there’s a negative side. Life is part negative; what else is new? If the glass is half empty, it is half empty.
You say, why I’ve been taught to see that it’s half-full? Well, sure it’s half-full. But it’s also half-empty. I mean, can’t you handle that? We know, that’s not too difficult.
But here’s what pessimism would try to get you to do? Believe that it’s only happened and when pessimism comes to your mind, you’ve got to educate pessimism because pessimism is stupid. Pessimism tries to get you to believe that it’s only half-empty. Of course, it’s half empty but it’s not only half-empty; it’s also half-full.