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15 Signs You Are Living Up To Your Potential (Though You Don’t Know You Are)

15 Signs You Are Living Up To Your Potential (Though You Don’t Know You Are)

Potential is the possibility of something amazing. To live up to one’s potential is to be open to one’s greatness. Do you believe you have greatness in you? Not sure? Then use these 15 signs to clue you in if you are living up to your potential awesomeness. (Get ready to feel good because I know you got some of this badass-beast-juice in you!)

1. You have a positive outlook.

Most days you walk around with a smile. People like to hang around you because you’re generally an upbeat person. When things upset you, you find a way to see the silver-lining.

2. You focus on solutions.

You don’t dwell on ‘spilled milk.’ You want to fix the problem as soon as possible so you can move on. You know that most situations can be solved with a different perspective and an optimistic attitude.

3. You pursue your goals.

Your goals help you stay focused and motivated. From small milestones to big ones, every success means something to you. You don’t mind baby steps because you know it all adds up.

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4. You don’t mind hard work.

You come in early when you can and leave late when you must. You’re willing to do extra work if need be to get the job done. You take pride in your work and you’re known to be reliable.

5. You keep your promises.

Your word is important to you. When you solemnly swear to someone to do something, you feel strongly motivated to come through.

6. You are constantly learning.

You immerse yourself in your industry. You take courses to become better. You surround yourself with knowledgeable people so you can learn from them and you’re not afraid to ask for help.

7. You are open to change.

You try to practice acceptance and feel that if it doesn’t go your way — it wasn’t meant to be and you’re OK with that. You believe that things happen for a reason and good things are coming for you.

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8. You deal with stress well.

    Staying balanced is important to you so you may have a mindful practice like meditating, prayer, or journaling. Whatever you do, having peace of mind is essential to your way of life. You’re not a stranger to self-help or motivational books.

    9. You eat healthy.

    You’re all about eating right because it supports your healthy lifestyle. You’re on the go a lot so you try and stay naturally energized by eat quality foods.

    10. You stay in shape.

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      You work out because it helps with stress relief and the balance you crave. After a session at the gym, you think more clearly. You may hike or do outdoor activities because getting outside the office is part of your healthy outlook.

      11. You dress for success.

      You’ve taken to heart the saying, ‘Dress for the job you want.’ You want to be ready just in case a big opportunity knocks on your door. You dress in a way that showcases your professionalism and personal style.

      12. You keep healthy relationships.

      Your relationships are important to you. You make an effort to stay close with friends and family because it keeps you grounded. It’s not all about the grind for you because you believe – if you don’t have love, you don’t have much.

      13. You have fun.

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        Life is full for you. Along with work and spending time with your family, you do fun stuff that makes you feel good. You instinctively subscribe to that saying, ‘All work and no play makes you dull and depressed.’ (Or something like that…)

        14. You are grateful and humble.

        You find many things to be blessings. You practice gratitude and show your appreciation wholeheartedly. You may not know how good you really are, but you know you got something to offer!

        15. You have a life motto.

        You have a driving force that makes you want to succeed in life. It can be as simple as the words of Nike – Just Do It. It may be moving like Jack Kerouac’s quote ‘Be in love with your life, every detail of it.’ Whether your motto is profound or prosaic, it gets your fire burning and has you living out your undeniable potential. (You got this!)

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        Last Updated on August 19, 2019

        How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

        How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

        There is a great deal of advice in the world telling us how to succeed in life, but often we are given advice that isn’t tailored to our needs, desires and priorities. Success means different things to each of us, and living a life that feels genuinely successful to me might be very different to your idea of a successful life.

        Naturally, when we follow the advice of someone else, which is tailored to their life goals and personality, we can end up with something that doesn’t deliver on the promise. We don’t get rewarded with our vision of success: we get theirs.

        This is why I’m a proponent of self-discovery, introspection and personal sovereignty. So how to succeed on your own terms?

        These 7 essential steps are not going to tell you exactly what to do, but they will provide you with the tools and the questions to ask so that you can discover your own path, so you know how to succeed in life on your own terms.

        1. Know Thyself

        One of Socrates’ most well-known quotes is,

        An unexamined life is not worth living.

        I argue that an unexamined life is not a successful one. Self-knowledge is something we could dedicate our lives to, but I’m not suggesting you sit around and navel-gaze in order to find happiness and meaning.

        Thankfully, there are people who have created techniques and systems that less us fast-forward through a lot of personal philosophizing, and quickly identify some key aspects of what makes us, us.

        You might want to find out what your ideal daily schedule is,[1] and you can take tests that reveal just that. Or you might want to figure out what you need to get things done – and yes, there’s a quiz for that too.

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        None of these tests are infallible, and some are more scientific than others, but the process of asking yourself questions about your behaviors and traits is invaluable when it comes to determining your path to succeed in life.

        For example, if you know you are an introvert and are unhappy in your current workplace, it might be worth considering why that is (an open plan office space perhaps) and what you would prefer.

        It’s these little questions that will provoke answers in you that can guide the decisions that truly improve your life now and in the future.

        2. Figure out What Matters to You

        What lights you up? This is a question that often gets forgotten as we age. A fortunate child will be given the stimulation they desire in the form of bright toys, affection and entertainment. Little by little, the things that bring a child joy get replaced by what society demands on their behalf.

        When we return to that question, and ask ourselves what really matters and what brings us joy, we can move closer towards a successful life. It can help to think back to your childhood, and the times in your life when you were in what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a flow state.[2]

        In a state of flow, time slows and our focus is directed like a laser. We are fully present.

        Whilst not everything in life that matters to you will conjure up a flow state, it’s a good indication of the kind of activities and experiences you can try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis.

        A successful life is made up of moments like this, and when you know what matters to you and brings you a sense of joy and purpose, you can go about creating more of that.

        3. Play to Your Strengths

        Why spend your time only on mitigating your weaknesses, only to feel average? Instead, playing to your strengths and amplifying those skills and qualities you already have will help you go from average to extraordinary.

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        If you’re great at big picture thinking and love dreaming up new ideas, but often lack attention to detail, acknowledge that. Then instead of trying to improve your analytical skills, focus instead on developing your existing skills of imagination and insight. When you need someone with a keen eye for detail, you can collaborate with those people.

        Jackson Pollock was an extreme introvert, with no real desire to get his artwork in front of people. Fortunately, he had Clement Greenberg, who was much further towards the extrovert end of the spectrum, to popularize his work and get Pollock the publicity he needed.[3]

        Start by identifying your strengths and what comes naturally to you. Then work on developing those and becoming known for those strengths. You can always find someone who will help you in fill in the gaps.

        4. Listen to Yourself

        It isn’t always clear to us that we’re on a path that leads us to failure or to success. People can spends decades in a job that is unfulfilling and slowly breaking their spirit, without even realizing it – until it’s too late. This is usually because they haven’t learned how to truly listen to themselves.

        The challenge we face is that we’re listening to so many other sources of information; whether it’s the news, television, social media, family, friends or colleagues. Many may want to help, but that doesn’t mean they know what’s best for us. Only you know what success means for you, and working this out begins with listening to yourself.

        Listening to yourself requires practice. It’s a daily effort, which over time, does get easier. That inner voice of wisdom will get clearer, and the decisions you make will feel more convincing.

        To start, you could try to set aside 10 to 15 minutes when you first wake up, in silence. Rather than look at your phone, checking emails or social media, simply sit in silence, listening.

        Ask yourself a simple question like, what am I feeling right now, in this moment? Notice the answer that bubbles up, without getting lost in the story. Starting an inner dialogue, without judgment is one of the key tools you can use to start making better decisions in your life.

        Learn more about listening to your true self in this guide: How to Listen to Your Inner Voice for Greater Fulfillment

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        5. Listen to Others (But Not Everyone)

        Listening to yourself is one thing, but listening to others is crucial in order to learn, empathize and be of benefit to your community.

        Truly listening to others is not just waiting patiently until it’s your turn to speak. Active listening requires focused attention, and the intention to understand where the other person is coming from.

        When you do this, you can ask better questions and discover more about the world and everyone in it, as well as learn how to interact with others in order to succeed in life on your own terms.

        However, this doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone you come across. Trolls on the internet may come into the category of people not to listen to. Some people’s opinions will do more harm than good, as not everyone has your best interest in mind.

        It’s worth identifying a shortlist of people whose opinions you will listen to. Brené Brown, author of the New York Times best-seller Daring Greatly, recommends taking a 1-inch x 1-inch square of paper and make a list of people whose opinions matter to you. These are the people who love you and will genuinely support and help you. According to Brown,

        “If you need more paper, you need to edit.”

        6. Make Time for Reflection

        It’s easy to go through life without taking inventory of what you’re actually accomplishing. Missing this crucial step means we end up jumping from one goal to the next, without feeling like we’re getting anywhere.

        Make time, ideally each day to reflect. You might keep a paper journal, or an online document. Either way, jot down:

        • What went well today
        • Something you’re grateful for
        • What would make tomorrow even better

        Doing this can have measurable benefits to our overall sense of well-being, as well as keeping us focused for more success in the future.[4]

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        It also helps combat feelings of lack and doubt, that arise when we compare ourselves to others. When we look at someone who appears to be more successful than us in an area of life, we can forget how far we’ve come and how much we have to be grateful for.

        Making time to reflect on what you have accomplished is critical to keep you on track, and just not looking at what others are doing.

        7. Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

        Arguably the most important step of all:

        Remember that there’s nothing wrong in changing your mind and correcting course.

        The path to a successful life is not straight and narrow. It meanders and there’s no harm in going back and picking a different (and better) route.

        “I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” — Jay Ellis

        Be willing to make mistakes, learn from them and change your mind. Ultimately, there’s no better way to succeed in life on your own terms.

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