Reaching Ones Full Potential
Too often, we hear people say, “She has so much potential,” or “He could be doing SO much better if he only knew how great his potential was.” For the majority of us, however, we never do reach our full potential. But, we are never too old or too young to start over. Really. We just have to become open and willing to change and grow. It’s hard. Oh, but so worth it.
Sometimes all it takes to change and reach our potential is to go to school. Whether it is a community college, trade school, or a big ten university in Michigan, these learning institutions are surefire ways to take action in reaching one’s full potential. Not only will we get the education and knowledge we need to improve professionally, but we’ll also grow as people. We’ll meet new friends, have new experiences, and learn more about who we are and what we’re capable of.
Of course, there are other ways to change and reach our potential other than returning to school. We can read books, listen to podcasts, and take online courses on any number of topics. We can also seek out mentors and role models who can help us learn and grow. The important thing is that we take action and don’t give up on ourselves. We are never too old or too young to start over and reach our potential. Just remember to take action each day and never give up on yourself.
Where are the best places to look for a mentor?
Best Places to Start
- Online mentorship networks. (There are dozens of online programs dedicated to pairing professionals with potential mentors i,e. LinkedIn)
- Professional networking events
- Fitness classes and groups
- Volunteer events
- Industry meetups
- Social media
- Any public location
For example, I recently went to an Alumni volunteer event and met so many people to connect with for further learning opportunities, and I also secured some business clients.
Reaching your potential is a journey that requires time, energy, and commitment. It doesn’t happen overnight, but if you stay the course, the rewards will be worth it. Keep learning, growing, and taking action each day. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. The ability to grow and change is what makes us human.
Public locations might be your local library, town hall meetings, or even your neighborhood playground. You never know who you might meet and what opportunities might come from it. It’s never too late to start living your best life.
Tips for success in finding a mentor:
- Reflect on whether mentorship is a good fit for you
- Identify your mentorship needs
- Select people to ask for mentorship
- Start with your personal network
- Prepare your elevator pitch
- Schedule a meeting
- Explain why you are seeking mentorship
- Explain why you selected them
What is a person’s full potential?
Your full potential isn’t a destination; it’s a path. It’s a journey of liberation — from your own limitations and the limitations others (often with good intentions) put upon you. Reaching your full potential takes patience, courage, self-awareness, and a whole lot of grit.
For example, if you are seeking a career path that is one of public service, you might set goals to become more involved in your community. This could look like volunteering for a local non-profit or running for public office. The important thing is that you are taking action towards something that is important to you.
What are some other ways to take action and reach one’s full potential?
- Start that business you’ve always wanted to do
- Write a book or a story or blog just for fun and see what happens
- Create art, music, dance, be expressive
- Build a website just for fun and see what you come up with
- Invent something. Ok, this one might be a little far-fetched for most of us, but there are those Edison-type people out there, and WE need you!
- Make a difference in your community, as simple as volunteering or planting flowers at your neighborhood entrance
- Change the world by changing yourself (see above on how to)
Goal setting and staying grateful are key elements in reaching your full potential. Whenever you make progress towards a goal, take a moment to celebrate your accomplishment and think about what you are grateful for. This will help keep you stay motivated and on track when things get tough.
What are some common obstacles that prevent people from reaching their full potential?
If you struggle with any of the obstacles below, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor can help you work through these issues and reach your full potential. The “block” you’re experiencing might be more complicated than you first think, so it would make sense to consult with a therapist.
- Lack of self-confidence
- Fear of failure
- Imposter syndrome
- Negative self-talk
How do you unlock your potential?
Therefore, whether we are reaching, unlocking, or finding what our potential is, we may need many avenues to discover. Let’s go a little deeper into the concepts already discussed.
There is a lot of talk about manifesting our dreams and goals. Of course, we can use the law of attraction to get what we want in life, but it may be challenging to achieve success if we don’t have a clear plan or focus. This is where having a mentor comes in handy. A good mentor will help you clarify your goals and give you the guidance and support you need to achieve them.
Your potential is also unlocked when you take risks. This could mean pursuing a new business venture, going back to school, or moving to a new city. It might even mean ending a toxic relationship or leaving a job that isn’t fulfilling. Whatever the case may be, taking risks often leads to growth and new opportunities.
Finally, you can also unlock your potential by tapping into your creativity. This could involve starting a blog, painting, writing a book, or anything else that allows you to express yourself. When you tap into your creativity, you open yourself up to new possibilities and ways of thinking.
- Work out your goals
- Dream big, start small
- Build good habits
- Challenge how you see yourself
- Try new stuff
- Love your gut
- Read books, lots of them
- Embrace failure
Reaching one’s full potential
In summarizing how we may reach our own personal best, we need to understand that it is not a one-time event. We do not just arrive there. True potential is something we need to work on and discover actively every day. It is a process of continual learning, growth, and development. We can use many different tools and resources to help us along the way, but ultimately it is up to us to do the work. We must be proactive in our pursuit of excellence and never settle for mediocrity. With dedication and persistence, we can all reach our full potential.
No matter what your age, occupation, or background might be, it’s never too late. “Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.” “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
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