How to Reach Your Full Potential in Life

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As you sit in your cubicle at work, your long to-do list glares at you mockingly. You feel overwhelmed not because of the length of the list but because of its content. It's not what you expected to be doing at this stage of your life, which begs the question: Are you living to your full potential?

Research shows that many people fail to reach their full potential for one main reason: fear of failure. For every passion and dream buried inside of you are several reasons not to pursue them.

If you can think of at least one dream you still haven't achieved yet, then you still have room to improve. Not sure what to do first to reach your full potential?

We've got your answers here. Let's get into it!

 

To Achieve Full Potential, Write Yourself Into Your Schedule

Let's look a minute at that planner in your cubicle again. We can bet that you're not listed anywhere on it.

Time to change that.

Life is oftentimes overwhelming, which is why making daily task lists is so helpful. However, in many cases, people's to-do lists are too full of tasks for other people and not enough tasks designed to help you to be the best version of yourself.

You can't pour into others effectively from an empty cup. So, be sure not to overbook and thus overstress yourself. "Me time" is not overrated.

Reflect, Reflect, Reflect

Take between 20 and 30 minutes to look closely at your life each day instead of simply allowing life to whiz by you.

You don't necessarily need to sit in a yoga pose and start meditating with your eyes closed. But you need to choose a time and place where distractions, such as cell phones, family members, and friends, co-workers, and television, can be cut out.

The quieter your reflection space is, the greater your chances of finally hearing yourself think. Think about where you want to be in the next five or 10 years, and contemplate what your greatest strengths are.

So go for a bike ride, or take a stroll through the park. If you have kids, maybe you just need to lock yourself in the bathroom.

Do whatever it takes to get to a point where the only thing influencing your thought process and decisions is you.

Choose Strong Role Models

Everybody follows somebody, whether subconsciously or consciously. That's why it's common to joke about turning into your parents as you age.

But failing to choose quality role models in life is no laughing matter. You'll never better yourself if you don't look to an example or standard who is already better than you.

Your role model could be a person in the flesh or perhaps a personality on television. Take time to learn how they behave on a personal and/or professional level.

Failure to do this means you'll end up picking up not-so-good habits from all of the wrong individuals.

Create a Roadmap

When you're traveling in unfamiliar territory, you can't get to your final destination without a roadmap.

Well, these days, it's more like a GPS.

Either way, you need something to tell you how to get from Point A to Point B. And then maybe Points C and D, too.

In the same way, you need to write down your life's path. What are your personal objectives, and how do you plan to achieve them?

For instance, maybe you want to be an archaeologist who conducts excavations in Africa. You need to figure out what type of degree you need, which college courses you need to take to complete that degree and where to learn about job openings.

Success is a lot like inhaling air: Your final breath is certainly important, but the next breath you take is the one that's critical right now.

So, spell out what your next steps are in life in addition to your end goals.

Then, revisit your plan regularly to make sure that you are staying on track to reaching your targets.

Think Positive

Don't get bogged down with negative thinking: This is one of the biggest obstacles to reaching your full potential in life.

Remember that every setback you experience is just an opportunity to do better and be better.

Sure, it can be hard to remain optimistic when life throws you curveball after curveball. After all, pessimism may surround you on a daily basis.

But don't drink the Kool-Aid.

You've likely heard that when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade. Sure, why not? Lemonade is good.

But let's take things a step further.

Why don't you ask for an entire bag of lemons, sell them at a competitive price and create a lemon-selling corporation? Then, you can become a worldwide brand, generate billions of dollars in profit and enjoy the luxury of your lemon-made paradise.

Lemons aren't all that bad.

Have Gratitude

One of the best decisions you can make is to be thankful for every opportunity presented to you.

Be thankful for where you are right now, and be grateful for the greater experiences you will have in your future.

Just think: If you presented a gift to your loved one this Christmas and she didn't appreciate this kind gesture, would you want to get her another present next year?

Probably not.

Likewise, life won't keep giving you gifts if you haven't mastered how to be appreciative of what you currently have.

So, don't be afraid to say thank you every now and then.

How We Can Help

If you take the path of least resistance, your dreams and passions will simply die.

And it's a lose-lose situation: It's a loss for you, and it's a loss for the world around you -- the world that could have benefited from your passionate contribution.

We offer a leading self-development program aimed at helping you to rediscover yourself and experience new personal revelations, insights and gains.

Contact us to find out how we can help you to finally achieve your full potential.