Start Living Up to Your Full Potential in 7 Easy Steps!

Start Living Up to Your Full Potential in 7 Easy Steps!

1.     Figure out what your full potential is.

Everyone is always talking about how you need to use your “full potential,” but if you think about it, that statement is rather vague, isn’t it? Everyone is their own unique person, so it would only make sense that every individual has their own potential to reach, right? In order to discover what yours is, you need to ask yourself these three questions:

·      Is there something I’ve ever wanted to achieve or accomplish, such as writing a novel, starting my own business, running my own cooking show, etc.?

·      Do I think about ways I can improve myself, such as being kinder, more polite or more respectful of others’ time?

·      Am I happy with my physical appearance?

2.     Commit to Accomplish.

Now that you have figured out what your goals are and decided that YES, they ARE achievable, you can set about achieving them.

We understand that if going after your dreams were so easy, you’d already have done it and then some. However, committing to a dream, and then committing to achieving it, is much easier said than done. There are many reasons for this, the top three of them being fear, time and resources.

However, it is our belief that the latter two reasons are really just cover-ups for the first: Fear.

People are afraid to fail, but they’re even more so when it’s something so important, such as dreams, at stake.

But fear is no reason to not do something, so here’s what we suggest: Take that first step, no matter how scary it may seem. We promise you, once you do, you’ll see there’s nothing to be afraid of, and all subsequent steps after that first one will be that much easier.

If you’re having trouble committing, use the 21 times rule—the one that dictates that once you do one thing 21 times, it’ll become a habit.

3.     Take baby steps.

Hey, accomplishing your goals does not have to be a race. Take your time! Start with baby steps, and ease into a pace that’s good for you. Oftentimes, people find that their tasks aren’t as daunting as they’d originally thought, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to enjoy the ride, right?

Side notes:

·      However, never stop challenging yourself. Starting to feel complacent? Step it up a notch, or set another mini goal that will help you achieve the bigger picture.

·      Also, don’t ever view setbacks or mistakes as signs that it’s time to quit—they’re not! Rather, setbacks tell you that you need to try a different way, or to try harder.

4.     Mistakes DO NOT equal failure.

This point is so important that I felt I had to reiterate it. Failure is simply a way of showing you what works and what doesn’t. So, if something doesn’t work, figure out a new and better way! And when you DO overcome despite several setbacks you’ll be that much stronger.

5.     Find your inner braggart.

Okay, we don’t want you to turn into an arrogant, self-absorbed jerk, but we do want you to find your self-confidence and to use it. For instance, if your goal is to write a novel, go for it! But don’t stop there—take it one step further and send it to as many publishing houses as you can. Even if/when you get rejected, learn from it, and try again. Improve your first draft, or scrap it and write a new story. Either way, believe you have something good to offer, and you do.

The same goes if your goal is to own a vineyard/bakery/brewery or whatever—make a batch of whatever product it is you’re passionate about and share it with friends and family. Ask for their honest feedback, and listen—and I mean truly listen—to what they have to say.

No harm ever comes from trying, so dig deep and let your confidence push you to do things you’d never ever dreamed yourself capable of.

6.     Reign in the troops.

Achieving your lifelong goals is not possible without the support of friends, colleagues and loved ones. If the people around you have no idea you’re trying to reach your full potential, they’ll unwittingly hold you back from achieving it, or, at the very least, be unable to provide support where and when support is needed.

7.     Develop intuition.

Intuition is a result of experience and instinct. Some people tend to lead with their minds, while others just go with their gut instinct. Learn when each method is appropriate. Sometimes, analysis of past experiences, data, learned knowledge and previous outcomes is best—such as when making business deals, or making decisions that will affect you and your life in the long run. However, going with your gut is more appropriate when making small decisions that need to be decided upon immediately, such as when choosing a wall color, or a couch. Studies show that in these instances, people who went with their gut in instances like these were much more happy with their decisions.

You owe it to yourself to start living up to your full potential! Ask yourself if you are, and if the answer is no, follow these 7 steps to start doing so. Remember, the hardest part is starting—from there, it only becomes natural to be the best that you can be.

Take the first step towards living up to your full potential—visit today!

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