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How To Develop Your Full Potential: Bias And Strategies

How To Develop Your Full Potential: Bias And Strategies

Life presents limitless possibilities and we are all filled with exciting potential. Exploring your fullest potential will lead you on a path towards the greatest fulfillment life can offer. Yet, it is never easily achieved and, in many cases, not pursued at all.

The first challenge you must face is realizing where your true potential lies. Once discovered, you must cultivate your skills using effective strategies. For those setting out on this path of self-discovery, the following guidance will serve you well.

Discovering Where Your True Potential Lies

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    First and foremost, you’ve got uncover exactly where your potential lies. It’s going to be a deeply personal search and you must be completely honest with yourself.

    It doesn’t necessarily have to align with your current skills or qualifications, but it must resonate with you. Watch out for these 3 common potential blockers!

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    Convention And Social Proof

    You shouldn’t allow others to influence your search, and social-proof tendency may force you to play it safe. But simply following the mainstream may cut you off from your true area of potential.

    As an example, let’s say your potential lies in writing. You feel energized as your thoughts transform into words and sentences. Yet, if you were persuaded into an unrelated (and uninteresting) career, it’s likely your writing potential would be left to starve.

    Comfort Zones And Exploration

    Don’t let your comfort zone stop you from exploring. A nagging curiosity could be the whisper of your potential. Remember: the more things you try, the closer you’ll be to finding your true calling.

    As a potential writer, you might need to take a leap of faith. It could be a financial risk to pursue your interests. Yet, sticking with what you know could be holding you back from an astonishing writing career!

    Inconsistency And Distractions

    In order to develop full potential, it must be cultivated consistently. Misalignment with your mind or actions will hinder or halt progress. If your potential is neglected for too long, you may lose sight of it completely.

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    As a budding writer, working a demanding job could zap you of the physical and creative energy needed to pursue your true potential. If the other job always takes priority, you may eventually stop writing altogether.

    Develop Full Potential Through Effective Strategies

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      Even with true potential uncovered, simply setting goals does not guarantee it will reach maturity. Lack of action, smart planning, and negative environments are the most common pitfalls.

      These two powerful strategies will support you in developing your full potential.

      Aligning Goals With Dreams

      If you can see yourself inching towards your dream, you’ll be compelled to continue through hardship. Setting achievable goals keeps us motivated and moving in the right direction.

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      Developing your full potential certainly won’t happen overnight, so you’ll need smart goals to keep you on track.

      As a writer, your dream could be to write for a famous publication or earn a fortune from your words. This may seem ambitious, but look at how aligning actionable goals can quickly grow your potential:

      1. Launch a personal blog and write about subjects that interest you.
      2. Publish articles at least 3 articles per week.
      3. Contact websites you admire and offer to write for free.
      4. Build a portfolio of your writing experience.
      5. Negotiate terms for paid writing jobs.

      Continue with the following milestones:

      • Earn X amount of money monthly from writing
      • Contact X number of prospects

      As you work through this list, you will feel the momentum building and potential awakening. You can easily create a similar list to help you develop full potential in any field you choose.

      Building a Supportive Network

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        Surrounding yourself with individuals that energize, inspire, and encourage you works wonders. Similarly, cutting negative influences from your life allows you to develop full potential unhindered.

        It’s amazing how much faster you can explore your potential in a positive environment. Choose the right people and you will receive support, motivation, and guidance.

        Interacting with those you aspire to be is rocket fuel to your potential. Most importantly, it compels you to take real action.

        As a growing writer, meeting with other professional writers could be an excellent experience. There’s so much to gain: tips for honing your style, advice on landing clients, and possibly invitations to exciting opportunities.

        Here’s a great strategy for building yourself a supportive community:

        1. Cut out negative influences, possibly including social media.
        2. Register and become active in relevant online communities.
        3. Attend scheduled meet-ups and network with other attendees.
        4. Find an accountability partner with whom to share progress and reflect ideas.
        5. Build a following or mentor someone starting out.

        Remember, you only live once. There’s no greater duty you have to yourself than exploring and developing your full potential!

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        Last Updated on September 18, 2020

        13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

        13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

        For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

        “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

        “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

        Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

        You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

        Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

        1. Take a step back and evaluate

        When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

        1. What is the problem?
        2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
        3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
        4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
        5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

        Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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        2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

        If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

        At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

        Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

        3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

        Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

        4. Process your thoughts/emotions

        Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

        1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
        2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
        3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
        4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

        5. Acknowledge your thoughts

        Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

        By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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        Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

        6. Give yourself a break

        If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

        7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

        A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

        Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

        After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

        8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

        As Helen Keller once said,

        “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

        Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

        9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

        In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

        1. What’s the situation?
        2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
        3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
        4. Take action on your next steps!

        After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

        10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

        A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

        Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

        For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

        11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

        No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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        12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

        No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

        13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

        There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

        After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

        Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

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