At some point, we've all been told about our potential. Maybe by a coach or teach, or at the start of a new job. Knowing that someone believe in you and sees what you can become is encouraging. Potential is defined as having the capacity to become something in the future. It's something that's inside all of us and, in most cases, it's still waiting to break out.
But what good is potential if we never tap into it?
We all have unused skills and knowledge, and that becomes frustrating over time. We can blame everything and everyone else for holding us back, but in reality we only have ourselves to blame for our unfulfilled potential.
The most important step in reaching your potential is to make a decision. Decide what you want and when you want it. You're in the driver's seat. You make your own decisions and decide how to spend your time. Take ownership of your career and find out what you're truly capable of achieving by following a few simple steps:
Set up long-term goals
Start by identifying your ultimate end goal and envision yourself reaching it. Long-term goals should be things you work toward over the span of weeks, months or even years. Everyone will have different long-term goals. It could mean hitting sales goals with your business, receiving a promotion or saving up enough money to put your kids through college.
Set up short-term goals
Next, think of your short-term goals - any daily activities that'll help you reach that prized end goal. It could be as simple as setting your alarm earlier in the morning or deciding to be on time for every meeting. Even the smallest improvements to your daily routine can make a huge difference.
Stay on task
It's important to understand how to approach your goals. Entrepreneurs sometimes have difficulty staying on task. With so much going on, they bounce from one project to the next without finishing a single one. The best way to stay focused is to keep things simple. Rather than juggling multiple projects at once, pick up one project at a time and see it through to completion. You'll find it easier to stay organized and get things done more quickly than usual.
Check your surroundings
Look around at your professional circle and surround yourself with people on a similar track. Associate yourself with other professionals who are doing everything in their control to improve every day. It's important to have people with a winning mentality around you to keep you motivated.
Another important note to remember: your potential doesn't have to be narrowly defined by your financial success. Potential is so much more than how much money you make. It's about using your skills and knowledge to better the world and improve as a person and as a professional.
Entrepreneurs control their own destiny, and that's a beautiful thing. The only way to unleash your infinite potential is to attack every day with a plan. Set up your goals, stay on task and surround yourself with others that wish to succeed as much as you. You'll become the best version of yourself in no time.