This is the second article of a two-part series on 8 ways to help maximise your potential.
A quick reminder of the definition of the word ‘potential’ according to the oxford dictionary “potential is having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future.“
Personal development and growth is a vehicle that you can use to help maximise your potential.
We are all built with potential, that is waiting to be unleashed and maximised.
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential. .these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence” – Eddie Robinson.
Let us get straight into it and see what the remaining 4 ways are:-
You will be amazed to learn that many of us do not know ourselves very well. It may sound absurd that am talking about knowing yourself, but it is very important that you know yourself and have total control of your being.
I believe that self-knowledge is the starting point for realising and maximising your potential. It gives us an insight into understanding our capabilities.
Knowing yourself will help you understand where your natural strengths lie and how well you can combine them to take advantage of the prevailing opportunities.
Donald O. Clifton and Paula Nelson in “play to your strengths” outline five different ways in which we can discover our strengths as shown below:-
Listen for Yearnings – normally our yearnings are often triggered when we hear or see someone doing something we would like to do or feel we can do better. You will agree with me that there is something you are yearning to do but do not realise it because you have not paid attention to yourself.
Watch Out for Satisfactions – what really satisfies you? When you get a glow of satisfaction from doing something (work-related off course) even though we may not understand why this is most likely one of your strengths.
Watch Out for Rapid Learning – a strength is usually characterised by rapid learning. Am very sure that you do have things that you learn more easily and quicker than others. This will usually continue for a long time if not a lifetime.
Be Aware of Moments of Excellence – position your mind to be alert to your moments of excellence. I believe that each and every one of us has had a moment of excellence in our lives.
Watch out for the Total Performance of Excellence – Over the years I have learned to be a student of myself. Learning is a continuous process and so from time to time, I do a personal re-evaluation. This process has so far proved to be very important and of great use to my personal development and growth.
Make the Change for New Things
Don’t get stuck in the survival or maintenance modes of personal development and growth. You need to make the change for new things in order to maximise your potential.
We live in an ever-changing world and the only way to keep moving forward is to embrace change. Most of us have a reputation for resisting change.
I know that change comes with a price but it must be embraced as it usually comes with different opportunities. “Your current conditions do not reflect your ultimate potential” – Anthony Robbins.
Life demands that we move with time and every day is a new day. It is also important to always be reading and improving your skillset.
Knowledge is key to success and you should always be willing to learn on a daily basis. There will always be instances when you cannot change some situations due to various factors but you can change your mindset and behaviour.
The only factor that you have control over is yourself. Many of us fail because we do not want to change our habits and behaviours to accommodate the ever-changing environment.
Set Your Goals and Stick with Them
Perhaps the starting point to maximise your potential is goal setting. The importance of goal setting cannot be over-emphasised.
This is one of the cardinal principles in personal development and growth.
When you have set your goals it is important that you stick with them and do not be distracted from achieving them.
Persistence and perseverance will be key in achieving your goals. Stay focused and motivated as you pursue your goals.
You should set goals that are realistic and achievable. However, you should not limit yourself to set goals that will not challenge your ability.
You are capable of achieving more than you can imagine. God made you to be a solution to the world and the way I see it now the world needs more solutions than ever before. For more details on goal setting please read click here.
“Continuous effort! not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking your potential” – Winston Churchill.
Maximising your potential requires that you take action. A journey of a thousand miles requires that you make the first step in the right direction.
Regardless of what your plans are for your life just get started. It’s only when you take action that you begin to realise your potential.
Without taking action you will never realise your full potential and a later on maximise it. Taking action is the fuel to living your dream. It is the catalyst to your success.
Once you get started on your journey there will be obstacles that you will encounter. These obstacles should not stop you from re-focusing.
You should make a commitment to achieving your intended life’s purpose. Your success will only be achieved by taking action.
Do not let procrastination still your success. Do not let failure stop you from achieving your goals.
Instead, make a commitment to pursuing your goals and live to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
I know for a fact that everything worthwhile does not come on a silver platter. There is much joy in living your dream without shortcuts.
I always try to do things right and straight it makes my life much easier and leaves me with a piece of mind. So far so good. I go to sleep with a peaceful mind.
Yes, I know that am not perfect but I try as much as I can to do things right.
I have made a commitment to ensure that this blog becomes one of the preferred sites in the areas I have fashioned it to be. This commitment is for life.
I will continue to write and post articles on this site for as long as I possibly can. I know for a fact that it is helping someone out there and that is the biggest motivation for me.
This site is one of my biggest contributions to help change the world for the better. The advantage is that I can fully express myself on many subjects via this website.
“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but for what is still possible for you to do” – Pope John XXIII.
There are many ways that you can use to help maximise your potential, the 8 ways mentioned in both articles are just some of them. I recommend that you develop the habit of reading and have an open mind to learning.
Remember that personal development and growth is not a competition but a personal journey to be walked by you alone. Bye for now and as usual “standout tall and be counted.”