In this article, you will learn about a secret technique from Viktor Frankl that he used to align people’s expectations for themselves with their potential.
What would happen to you if you would set goals based not on who you are today, but on who you could become in the future?
In this technique, you will investigate if you are currently under-demanded and we will challenge you to name your goals, dreams, and expectations for who you will be and what you can achieve in order to amplify them so that you carry a load that is worthy not of who you are, but of who you can potentially become!
Viktor Frankl, in one of his a great many lectures, touched on the point that he felt that a lot of young people suffer not because they are over-demanded, but because they are under-demanded.
From Frankl’s point of view, what youngsters most needed was not comfort or security, but challenge and meaningful adversity.
A notion, that was also shared by Goethe who said:
When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.”
A teaching tale that demonstrates the truthfulness of this notion that over-estimation and challenge are necessary for the human spirit can be derived from the story below in which Frankl himself shared a story from a time when he had a flying lesson with his instructor.
In congruence with Viktor Frankl’s encouragement, we will now identify & challenge your goals for your future so that you can avoid falling short of your true potential.