All That Power

Christopher A. Pate

 I was recently listening to a verse in a song where Kanye West stated, “no one man should have all that power.” I used to believe this statement until I came to realize that I misunderstood that statement. The truth of that matter is everyone has unlimited power and ability. The issue that I found was how to tap into that power.


The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.
— David Cuschieri

The phrase “Get your mind right” has never been so accurate. However, I have learned that we have several aspects of “our” mind or mental faculties. They are the perception, will, imagination, reason, memory, and intuition.

Perception is our reality.

An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.
— Napoleon Hill

 Will is the ability to focus on one task.

 Imagination is the ability to construct ANYTHING in the mind.

 Reason is the thinking behind decisions.

Memory deals with data we collected throughout life.

 Intuition allows to pick up and translate another person’s energy.

All our faculties are based of the power of thought which travels at a rate of 186.000 miles per second according to scientific studies.


We Don’t See Things as They Are, We See Them as We Are
— Steven Covey

I recall when I took over a leadership position earlier in my journey. I remember seeing a great deal of potential in the assignment however we were underachieving as a team. When we had our first meeting, I asked “Why are we performing at our current level of achievements?” One brave team member replied, “We are a renewal store, people don’t want new business.” All the data backed up his claim. We did get double the renewal business vs growth acquisitions.” I thanked him for his honestly and replied “We are a renewal store because we believe we are. We are NOT going to say that anymore going forward.

Eventually through a series of small progressive steps, we went from worst to first in a relatively short period of time, however, when people asked what we did, I didn’t have any clue why we were doing better. We were doing the same thing others claimed to be doing however, we were getting results. Only after a period of reflection did I realize that we had changed our perspective and success followed.

It was easy for me to see the potential and error in the team’s thinking however, it has been more difficult to find where I am thinking about renewals or status quo in my own life as opposed to growth opportunities. My thoughts and environment told me “no one man should have all that power” as if the attainment of power is an external goal as opposed to an inside job, that had to acquired or gained. Little did I know that I needed I already had free of charge I just needed to know where to look.


Reflection Thought

How are we looking at our lives as maintaining business as usual as opposed to pursuing growth opportunities?