How to Achieve Full Potential by Understanding Success, Failure and Your Inner Self 292

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This is a guest post by Laura Morrissey. She is a content writer for Disc Assessment, a tool used for behavioural and personality assessments. She shares tips for self-improvement and how to reach success through tapping into one’s personal strengths.

Behind every successful person is their journey to reach their full potential.

Many of us wander through life wishing we could be better, do better and live better, but many never find the drive to truly discover themselves and the magic within. Some people are born with an instinct or talent that is nurtured; however a lot of people encounter their best qualities and talents later on in life.

Subconsciously and consciously, we grow as people each and every day through the experiences we have and the people we meet; however there is always some area in our lives where we feel could be better.

It may be that your life has come to a halt. You may be under pressure at work or simply want to shine and become the person you know you can be.

A question that is helpful to ask yourself at this stage is “Do I want to be here in five years?

Improving yourself and being the best you can be allows others to see and value your own unique and amazing qualities, welcoming success and giving you a sense of self-fulfilment.

Failure and Success

Fear stops most people from achieving.

Everyone has hopes and dreams but when it comes to being daring or sticking out from the crowd, fear stops us.
It is human nature to want to succeed and our own society pressures us to achieve and win, failure usually holding the hands of disappointment and consequence.

It is important to understand that failing is natural and expected and we are all only human, therefore to simply learn from your mistakes, move on and try again. Accept your flaws.

We often:

• resist change;
• fear rejection;
• fear becoming someone else;
• fear risk taking;
• are afraid of being let down;
have a fear of failing or succeeding;
• get negative feedback from others that can also internalize within, outside factors such as people, situations, etc. can hold us back.

In the words of D. Roosevelt, “…the only thing to fear is fear itself”.

Success, however, is different for many people and can present itself in the smallest and largest of ways, anything from finishing that book you have been reading for so long, to becoming world famous and earning lots of money.
You should begin by taking small steps to achieve small things, things that you would consider to be minor successes, working your way up and accepting mistakes.

The Road to Self-fulfillment

In order to reach your full potential, you first need to determine what that is and what you want to succeed in.

Are you heading towards a career upgrade? Improved social skills? Healthier lifestyle?

You first need to create positivity and take an optimistic approach, harboring confidence – everyone has it inside themselves somewhere, no matter how deeply buried.

Be aware that your mind is your best asset and a strong mentality can get you where you want to go, therefore achieving your full potential starts with mental clarity and being inspired.

Working on your people skills can help in the long run too.
Do you avoid socializing? Smile and be polite to fellow colleagues or help a friend out.
Positivity attracts positivity and you can also ask others for feedback.

Health

Be healthy. Eating good food and drinking lots of water gives you the energy and nutrients your body needs to function properly. Certain foods can also boost mental activity, fight depression, anxiety and give you more overall vitality, leaving you feeling good.

Exercise is also crucial as being in good physical shape helps boost energy and give you a positive image of yourself.
You will notice a massive difference in everyday performance and feelings after switching your junk food for fresh fruit and veg.

Self-Discovery

Challenge yourself and raise your standards. You should practice getting out of your comfort zone as real growth comes with hard work and challenges help you better yourself.

Finding a passion and a purpose creates momentum in your life.

Whether it is a hobby, belief or an end goal, by allowing yourself to be carried away and immersed, passion can help you achieve great things.
When you are passionate about something, you will do whatever you need to do in order to achieve and you are less likely to give up.

Start a new hobby or start something new. Often, self-esteem boosting comes from learning new skills and achieving, no matter how big or small. Reading books is also a great concentrated source of wisdom which can stimulate the creative side of your brain as well as your imagination.

So that’s what potential is all about. You already have what it takes to become the best version of yourself. You just need to understand the real meaning of success and failure, learn to explore yourself and get to know your fears and desires.

What will you do today to get closer to achieving your full potential?

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home 18

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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