Your Capacity Isn’t Set

By John C. Maxwell’s new book, NO LIMITS

If you’re like most people, I bet you’d like more out of life than you are currently experiencing. Maybe you’re not succeeding in all the ways you desire to in life. Perhaps you’re less than fully satisfied with your progress. Are you getting done all that you want to do? Or do you want to see more, do more, be more? If you’re like me, you want to achieve more. Even at nearly age seventy, I’m not satisfied. I want to keep growing and making a difference.

What’s getting in your way? What’s limiting you? Do you know? If you don’t know what’s limiting you, how will you remove it?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” It may sound counterintuitive, yet it’s true. People who can get a lot done seem to be able to take on even more and remain productive. Why is that? Do some people simply have high capacity while others don’t?

Have you given much thought to your capacity? Most people think theirs is set. You hear one person identified as “high capacity” and another as “low capacity,” and you just accept it. What’s your capacity? Have you defined it high, low, or average? Do you think it’s set? Maybe you haven’t put a label on it, but you’ve probably settled into a level of achievement that you believe is what’s possible for you.

That’s a problem.

Too many people hear the word capacity and assume it’s a limitation. They assume their capacity is set — especially beyond a certain age. People give up on the idea their capacity or their potential can grow. All they do is try to manage whatever they think they’ve got. They define the world in terms of its limitations. They also define people in terms of their limitations. That’s too confining. Instead, we need to define our world and ourselves in terms of our possibilities.

While I believe 100 percent that people can grow, change their capacity, and increase their potential, I also acknowledge that all of us have caps on our capacity. Some caps are fixed. But most are not. We can’t allow these unfixed caps to keep our lives from expanding. We can’t let caps define our potential. We need to see beyond the caps and see our true capacity before we can blow off our caps and expand our capacity.

Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, wrote, “Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” What he’s saying is that most of us have capacity that is untapped. We have capacity that we’re not even aware of. But we can change that.

#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell’s latest book will enhance the lives of leaders, professionals, and anyone who wants to achieve success and personal growth.

We often treat the word capacity as if it were a natural law of limitation. Unfortunately, most of us are much more comfortable defining what we perceive as off limits rather than what’s really possible. Could it be that many of us have failed to expand our potential because we have allowed what we perceive as capacity to define us? What if our limits are not really our limits?

In his newest book, John Maxwell identifies 17 core capacities. Some of these are abilities we all already possess, such as energy, creativity and leadership. Others are aspects of our lives controlled by our choices, like our attitudes, character, and intentionality. Maxwell examines each of these capacities, and provides clear and actionable advice on how you can increase your potential in each. He will guide you on how to identify, grow, and apply your critical capacities. Once you’ve blown the “cap” off your capacities, you’ll find yourself more successful — and fulfilled — in your daily life.

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