Entelechy means “that which turns potential into reality.” It elegantly captures, in just one word, something that companies strive for and people yearn for.
Turning potential into reality is the heart of innovation, the soul of creativity, and the ambition of businesses in every segment and leaders in virtually every discipline. It is having a company and a personal vision as well as the ability to actualize that vision from within.
Applied to our lives, experiencing entelechy is about moving past fear, insecurity, judgment and separation, and understanding the potential that we each brought with us into this life. Entelechy is knowing that your purpose here is to express all that you are capable of, releasing and expressing your full potential.
Lisa Tenzin-Dolma, in her book Mind & Motivation: The Spirit of Success, wrote:
“The entelechy is the name given to our inner dynamic purpose. It is the seed of potential that nestles deep within us, containing the fractal image of who we really are and what we can become. The inner sense of purpose that is governed by the entelechy is the driving force behind our lives, helping us to blossom into the fullest expression of ourselves.”
However in the case of entelechy, the conditions or situations needed are our own to create, find, or maximize. Leaving it up to fate, not embracing the quest to actualize potential or getting complacent, means that we never turn our possibilities into realities.
Jesuit scientist Teilhard de Chardin said “Entelechy is inside of you, like the butterfly is inside of the caterpillar… it is the entelechy of an acorn to be an oak tree, of a baby to be a grown-up, of a popcorn kernel to be a fully popped entity, and of you and me to be God only knows what.”
Ultimately, Chardin and others have landed on entelechy as “what we are coded to be.” However, what we could become is conditional or situational. The code needs to be read and deciphered just like popcorn needs sufficient heat to pop.
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