In science textbooks growing up, we used the the image of a rock sitting atop a hill as the example of potential energy. This potential energy is converted to kinetic energy when the rock is pushed down the hill.
However, the transformation from potential energy to kinetic energy is far from guaranteed – both in rocks and in humans. We’ve heard the wistful “He/she has so much potential” line among sports analysts and managers in the workplace alike.
Unlike rocks which need some environmental prompting to move, the transformation of energy in humans can occur from within as well.
And, for most folks, the difference between it happening and not happening is the outcome of two developed traits – discipline and a growth mindset. Discipline provides the push to convert the potential energy to kinetic every day.
And, a growth mindset ensures the use of the discipline muscle feels worthwhile.