Unlocking Your Potential!
Why do most of us see potential in others but almost never see it in ourselves? Potential is such an inexplicable occurrence and we often talk ourselves out of discovering it before even giving it a try.I am going to share, with you, 3 easy steps to step out of your comfort zone and unlock your potential ! Knowing your potential will give you the motivation you need to take massive action towards achieving your goals!.
Step1. Step up to the Challenge!
Challenging yourself will bring about massive results in no time! You will be surprised at how resourceful you become when forced by necessity! By consistently challenging your abilities, you will experience abundant growth in your potential. Without a challenge, you are losing out on wonderful possibilities for personal growth. When you embrace the fact that you can change,it will free you up to make better choices and reach your ultimate potential. If your focus is on personal growthr, rather than just being good, you must take difficulty in stride, and be grateful for the journey as much as the destination. Make a plan of small steps that would lead you to accomplishing your bigger goal. Suppose you wanted to write a novel to be published a year from now. Well if you could write a novel and have it published in 24 hours I would say you are a genius! You may want to write 3 x’s day for 15minutes. You may read for inspiration in your writing. You may read about other authors methods to writing a book. Join a writers association. Attend some writing workshops. Anything that will help you move toward your bigger goal.
Step2. -Take Risks!
Challenges involve risks. The biggest and most avoided risk is ,after working so hard, your plans fail. Don’ t avoid it! You must stick yourself out on a limb if you want to see the fruit! “Raise the bar” and reach higher! Make a “just in case” plan for when you realize your initial plan did not work. Don’t give up,give it all you’ve got! You must give it your all because you would be cheating yourself and you could be passing up the opportunity of a lifetime. I read a statistic that 90% of all people give up on projects before completing them. That’s right: only 10% of people actually complete their projects! I’m not at all surprised because I know from experience the difficulty involved in finishing a project. Right now, for example, I’m in the middle phase of completing my E-book. If I really paid attention to my self-talk, I would give up and not complete it. I must be careful not to drive backwards to “self-sabotage” lane at this stage by saying: “I just can’t do this’”, “It’s way too difficult”, “It’s just not good enough”, “I haven’t got enough time”, and so on. The way past this stage is self encouragement. Positively evaluate your progress along the way by pointing out how much you have completed so far and how close you are to the finish line: Say “I only have a few more steps to go now!” Map out a manageable path to completion. Remember, you made the choice to step up to the challenge so you must be ready for the risks.Failing is feedback and gives you the opportunity to sharpen your skills and come back even stronger.Stay focused and plant your feet firm in the direction of your success.
Step 3. Be Persistent-Stay in it to win it!
While in my 3rd year of college pursuing my accounting degree, some years ago, I realized “the art of persistence”. I was intrigued by the men and women who rode the subway every morning,dressed for corporate world”! It gave me a thought that I could get a job making a decent income just like them. I would study how they walked with their briefcases and “The New York Times in one hand and coffee in the other. I listened to their conversations about profit analysis and forecasting company sales and anything else that was important. I was determined! One evening, after my Cost Accounting teacher gave the class a project to do in which we had to perform a cost analysis for a fictitious company, it struck me! Here I was in a classroom full of people dressed the way those men and women were on the subway I rode everyday. I realized that it might be worth it to ask them where they worked and what positions they held at work. I asked everyone in the classroom! I came to a girl who was around my age and asked ,”so where do you work and what title do you hold”? She said, with confidence, “I work for UPS in the customer service department. I was determined to know more so I asked her to be specific about her job responsibilities. She explained that she was responsible for inputting pricing bids in the company’s database to generate a price quote for customers.I thought this job sounded pretty easy so I asked her if UPS was hiring. Well I will tell you that was a question that led me to become a paid intern at UPS 1 week later,a raise within two days of being hired from $12/hr to $14/hr, 6 months later promoted to marketing associate, 6 months later promoted to revenue management specialist, a position that was just made after the company decided to automate their entire filing system, and 3 months later promoted to the last and final position as a finance associate working closely with the CFO. I am grateful to The Creator for giving me the opportunity to achieve my goal of working for a prestigious company making a decent income. I was only 21 years old at that time and made a lot of money. I enjoyed working there. The Creator knows best! Oh by the way, the girl who got me the job became a very close friend of mine and offered me a room in her apartment while going to school and work because she lived in Brooklyn,NY, which was closest to both. I appreciate her hospitality and friendship. We have been friends ever since! My point is that you must be persistent when it comes to accomplishing your goals. If I was not persistent in reaching my goal to work for a prestigious company making a decent income, I might have passed up a wonderful opportunity.
Stay Tuned for… Part 3. Creating and sticking to a new habit that will lead you to achieving your goal(It’s a challenge but you are capable!)