Steps to Unleashing Your Full Potential 386

Unleash Your Potential, Let's Reach Success

“You can become and accomplish anything in life! Your successes, greatness, and potential are determined by you alone; and all of the characteristics necessary to achieve your goals and dreams already lie within you. Our success and potential is not determined by talent or ability, knowledge or money, race or gender, or even circumstance or setting – it is created, developed, and determined from within ourselves.”
 Matthew V. Toone

According to the Stanford Brain Institute the average person uses only 2% of his potential. Can you imagine that?

This means that the quality of life we have today is a result of these 2%. And the rest is just wasted.

Honestly, that doesn’t come as a surprise once we analyze our daily routines – getting up, brushing our teeth, going to work (usually to a job we don’t like), coming back, watching TV, eating junk food in front of it, staying in front of the computer after that and so on.
And if you look at the bigger picture the average person doesn’t do any significant activity or one that requires high mental performance. He literally lives on autopilot, does what he’s instructed and doesn’t even have to take decisions..

Now imagine what could happen if we use 30 or 40% of our potential? That will be tremendous.

In fact, I think we can. And all the geniuses and remarkable people these days, and in our history, have done it – they just found ways to unleash their potential and powers and use them to level up in life, create amazing things and become someone to look up to.

That can happen by transforming our lifestyle, changing it completely and starting to do the following things repeatedly:

These are things we’ve all heard of, but how many of us actually practice them every day?

The truth is that until we stop considering huge success and building the ideal lifestyle something impossible that we don’t deserve and are not good enough to achieve, we won’t have it.
Once we embrace our potential and eliminate hopelessness, unworthiness and mediocrity, we will get there through hard work and dedication.

Realizing and defining it

The first thing that stops us from awakening the giant within us is that we don’t realize what we’re capable of. We simply think it’s impossible and that thought itself prevents us from making the first step and beginning our journey to leading a legendary life.

The next thing is that we can’t define it. Here is what Jonathan Mead says in 7 Essentials for Living Your Fullest Potential:

“Most of us have heard something like this before: “You have a lot of potential,” or in school, “You have so much potential, work hard and you might realize it.”

The only problem is no one seems to tell us where to start or how to achieve our fullest potential. After all, potential is such an ominous term. You can’t measure it. You can’t quantify it. You can’t define potential.”

The simple act of becoming aware of our own abilities and powers can help us move forward and actually do something about it. And it always helps to have support and people close to you who believe in you, but in the end it’s all up to you whether you’ll be confident enough and try again and again until you succeed.

Believe

Every now and then we have epiphanies and a short but powerful moment in which we feel we’re worth it, we know there’s more about life than what we’re currently experiencing and want to do something about it immediately. But soon these feelings are gone and we’re back to our everyday life with its daily worries.

What we need to have to make a permanent change is the never-ending belief that we can do anything we want, become whoever we want and get anywhere we decide. That also means that we need to be constantly motivated.

Now think of what you will want to do if you could use 30-40% of your potential. That means performing 40 times better than you are now. And having much higher results in every area of your life.

You would be able to make more money, to learn new skills better and faster, to have great relationships, to maximize your productivity, start a new business and succeed, to have control over your habits and develop only healthy ones, to eliminate stress and be able to solve any problem, to be focused all the time on the things that are important and to be able to enjoy life at the same time.

That would be great. And it is possible. It requires hard work, dedication, sacrifices and strong mindset, but many people have gone there and so can you.   

So start working on your ideal lifestyle now and stay true to what you believe in. Soon you will see small changes going on, then come small but significant achievements. And after a while you’ll be able to see how you’re starting to get closer to the things you’ve always wanted.

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 21

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.

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Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.