Maximizing Our Potential
Who is someone in your life that you admire? What is it about that person that you look up to? What are the specific qualities they posses that you want to embody?
Qualities of character, the ones we look up to, are often beyond just the physical attributes we’re accustomed to think “matter most.”
Selflessness, kindness, compassion, unconditional love, focus, clarity, attention to detail, creative, warm.. All qualities that exist beyond the physicality of the people we know and love.
When we begin to relate to ourselves as more than just the animalistic (desire driven) self, we begin to actualize our human potential.
But where do we start? In Hebrew, the word Tikkun means “fixing, or rectifying.” A process by which, each of us are work to refine certain unique qualities over the course of our lives.
Like a fingerprint, this Tikkun is specific to each person. The challenges and struggles that we face, are actually opportunities for us to refine our potential. In other words, God sends us exactly what we need, when we need it, in order to work on becoming the best versions of ourselves.
Consider the areas in your life that are driven by physical desire, habits, escapes, reactions; self sabotaging choices that you KNOW don’t serve your highest self, but you do them anyway…
These are some of the attributes, your tikkun, that you can work on refining - step by step.
Tikkun is a layered learning experience for Jews to unpack and unravel the stuff “they keep messing up on.” God sends us reminders, pointing to the ways that we can continue to work on in order to unveil the essence of who we truly are.
Here are some practical ways to start fine tuning your Middos (character traits):
Awareness : Take a moment to reflect and ask yourself, what physical desire do I keep struggling to manage or overcome? How does it go against my values?
Perspective : Shift the way you see the challenge, not as struggles but as opportunities, hints, reminders of how and where we can work on ourselves.
Willingness : The goal of hardship is to become our greatest self. Embrace this challenge.
Action :. Know what you need to work on, where you often come up short, and how you can better arrange your life to support working on and working through these Middos. Choose a baby step to work with consciously and commit to it for 40 days. It takes 40 days to change any habit according to Torah wisdom.
Be the change.