You know what the most tragic thing about today’s world is? The fact that so many people are content with living a life which is far below their actual potential. They are content with the lives they lead, they are happy with the jobs they do and moreover, they are happy with being where they are and do not want to make an effort to achieve what they actually can.
What everyone needs to understand is that your future happiness and relationships will all depend on your life choices and commitments. The need of the hour is to take control of your lives and start living it at your full potential. Here are a few steps that will help you make the right choices and will eradicate the obstacles that keep you from being what you can actually be.
1. Take Responsibility for your Ambitions and Dreams
If you have a dream, you need to acknowledge it and decide how to go about achieving it. Your ambitions and your dreams are the first and the foremost thing that will help you achieve your full potential. These are the factors that have the ability to motivate you to work beyond your physical and emotional means.
Once you have aspired to do something in life or chosen to follow your dream, it becomes your responsibility to go out there and get it. You may have to move mountains to achieve what you want but that is where your potential comes into play. If you have dreamt it, you have the potential to get it. Just believe in your dreams and go for it.
This is also a time in your life when advice from others can help you decide what you should be doing that will move you toward achieving your full potential. If you do not have a clear view of where you are going or what you want to do with your life, ask for help. There are numerous institute teachers and friends who would be pleased to help mentor you through some of the challenges of life.
2. Focus and Value Time
It is easy to tell someone to stay focused and utilize time in the best way than to actually be able to do it. It is one of the most difficult challenges to stay focused and to follow a set path. However, to be able to finish what we have started, there is no better motivation. Wherever you go, distractions follow and those who are able to fend off these distractions completely are the ones who are actually utilizing their true potential.
Valuing time involves outlining your goals clearly. You need to set realistic and achievable goals but never give up after achieving your goals. One of the most difficult challenges is to stay focused and stay on course—to finish what we have started. When you are struggling, it becomes very easy to get discouraged and give up. This is the time when you will feel worthless and not good enough. Giving up will seem like the easiest thing to do but you will need to realize that if you get past this point in life you will reach your goal and isn’t that what you started out to do initially?
3. Reflect on your Life
What you need to do is take some time out and reflect on what your life has turned out to be. You will need to look at your life in a positive light. How do you do that? The answer is meditation. You need to take some time out from your everyday life and sit down to just reflect on what your life is. Do this away from the noise of the TV, traffic or work. It has to be just you and your thought. Think good thoughts and let the energy flow within you.
Have you read the book ‘the secret’? Once you read that book you will realize that your life is a sum total of all the thoughts that you have had. Positive and negative.
You need to understand that daily reflection on your life will help you take better decisions. You will come to know what you need to be able to go ahead and get what you want. The more positive thoughts you think, the more you will be able to manifest them into reality. The first step towards achieving your true potential is realizing your capabilities.
In conclusion I will use a famous quote by Albert Einstein- “imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”.
4. Optimism is a Must
Did you know that every negative thought that you have, takes a toll at you physically as well as emotionally? The key to being able to be what you want to be is to have positive thoughts. The difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that even in the most hopeless situation, an optimist has his positive thought while a pessimist has nothing to rely on. Some people just don’t realize how close they are to their goal when they actually give up. The courage to keep going when everyone and everything is indicating the opposite, it what optimism is about.
5. Set Goals
How are you going to be able to measure the success of your achievements if you do not have defined goals? You need to set small and simple goals in the path of achieving your full potential. These goals act as deadlines for you and make you work hard. Everyone knows that the more you dreams the higher you go.
Remember the goals that you set may be difficult to achieve but make sure that you set such goals that you know you will be able to achieve in a certain span of time. If you are setting yourself up for failure you will get easily frustrated.