I often question myself “am I
living my life up to the full potential?” as and when I reminded of Thomas
Edison’s great remark “If we did all the things we were capable of, we would
literally astound ourselves.” I’m sure you must have thought about the same
at some point in your life when someone probably made the
statement that you have a lot of potential. I believe all of us seem to have
potential, but there’s rarely anyone around who can tell us how to realize it.
We all should know that, potential is only good if we are able to capitalize on
it and potential may not be quantified but cultivated. During life coach
sessions, my clients always ask me “How to realize their true potential?” I
help them with below few guidelines to reach their highest potential.
- Work on your strengths: Your
greatest achievements will likely be a product of your strengths. Expect to
expend some time fully developing your ability to apply your strengths to all
aspects of your life.
- Work on your weaknesses: While your weaknesses probably won’t take you far, they can
certainly limit you. Most people evade their weaknesses and refuse to work on
- Focus on acting instead of thinking: Most people learn,
think, and plan too much instead of taking action. Action results in change and
progress. However, that doesn’t mean you ought to make poor, unintelligent
choices.Try to spend at least 10 hours taking
action to 1 hour of thinking, instead of the other way around. How well would it work if you spent 10 hours planning your
exercise routine for every hour you actually exercised? You’d be an out of
shape armchair expert.
- Be assertive:
Have you ever noticed that assertive
people are the ones that tend to get what they want? Because they know when to
say “yes” or “No”. Be willing to ask for what you want by communicating
assertively. Please do keep in mind that innumerable people have failed to
get what they want simply due to the fear of asking for it.
- Set goals: Setting goals is must, because “how can anyone expect
to achieve something great if they haven’t defined it beforehand?” It’s essential to know specifically where
you’re going and what should be done to reach your goal. A few minutes spent on
each day defining your goals are invaluable.
- Be Smart: Not
by looks! You should know working hard
on things that don’t matter won’t help you or anyone to reach their highest
potential. Ensure you’re spending your time on important activities which keeps
you motivated in your success journey. Although certain activities and tasks
are less appealing than others, that’s what makes your achievements worth it in
the end. Becoming great is not only challenging but also fun
- Be Open: stuck in the same mental routines and fail to see all the
opportunities around us. An open mind is very crucial to reaching your full
potential. So, always be open to enjoy the life uncertainties’ in positive way.
- Find a Coach:
A good coach can save years of struggle
and effort. The ideal coach started where you’re starting, and has
achieved the success you’re after. Choose the best coach who can help you to
It’s doubtful that anyone comes close to reaching their full
potential, but all of us can do much more than what we’re currently doing. Determine to become the best possible version of yourself.
Find a coach and make an intelligent plan. Act on that plan to the best
of your ability. I’m sure you can certainly live up to that potential everyone
is always talking about.