‘Hit above the mark to hit the mark’

2018-10-17 06:04
Ponane Mahlaba Social Observer

Ponane Mahlaba Social Observer

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Do not underestimate your potential.

This statement was once uttered by the late, and then president of the homeland of Bophuthatswana, Kgosi Manyane Mangope, referring to his success.

On this he said: “If I did it, why can’t you do it?”

This statement opens one’s mind to the fact that what one can do, an­other can also do.

However, the situation seems to not be the same for everyone. Some people underestimate themselves, and are commonly known for negative statements and utterances such as “I can’t”, “I’m unable” and “It is impossible and difficult for me.”

Such utterances are fuelled by a state of fear, doubt and uncertainty.

I have therefore noticed that people who underestimate themselves (their potential) make no progress in life, let alone ever creating opportunities for growth in the companies they are in.

Self-underestimation also renders such an individual myopic and reduces him performance-wise into a stunted, dwarf-sized one – instead of being a growing, giant-sized one.

Remember the statement: “Show me any growing organisation and I will show you who the manager is”.

May we look at the reasons why people find themselves confined to a state of under-estimation, thinking that they cannot do what others can, due to the fear of making mistakes, living with the stigma of committing countless mistakes, fearing the past even today.

One patient at the Bloemfontein Psychiatric Hospital, when asked what he would do when he was discharged in a more healthy and sober mental mood replied that he wanted to become another Napoleon Bonaparte, a famous conqueror of the Middle East.

This tells us that he aimed very high – overestimating himself instead of under-estimating himself.

Another statement to draw inspiration from goes: “Hit above the mark to hit the mark”.

The eagle’s attitude is that it usually flies and soars high up, through the clouds, into the deeper blue skies – responding to natural demands of its life.

It is said that in the case it gets tired, sick or old, it flies lower, towards the middle.

It therefore does not show weakness or certain deficiencies, but it is a sign of minimal strength and energy, making it survive as normal as it can.

I would encourage everyone, to not mind how many times he or she has failed in life, as failure is a step towards greater heights.

Famous mountain climber Edmund Hillary, after failing to climb Mount Everest several times said: “Mount Everest, all I know about you is that you are stationary, as I’m growing”.

This is to say, every individual has the ability to grow, making it possible to over-estimate and have his or her potential expanded beyond the horizon.

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