5 Tips for Reaching Your Full Potential on The Path to Fulfillment 53

5 Tips for Reaching Your Full Potential on The Path to Fulfillment

This is a guest post by Nate Vickery, a business consultant and an online author. He is mostly engaged in providing advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Nate is also the executive editor at Bizzmark Blog.

There is no universal magic potion that will instantly solve all of your problems on the way to becoming the best version of yourself you could ever be.

So the only thing reading this post can achieve is to create that initial spark you need to push yourself in the right direction, discover your capabilities, challenges and strive towards your goals.

But fear not – therein lies the beauty of the journey!

The challenges and hardships are those that will build your capacity for greater achievements and overcoming your current setbacks on the road to both personal and professional success. However, there are a few ways you can shape the right mindset that will allow you to reach your potential.

1. Follow the 20% rule.

The famous Pareto Principle is a deceptively simple, yet effective tool you can use on a daily basis to decide which of your actions yield to greatest results.

According to this rule, the 80% of consequences can be ascribed to only 20% of causes – so in fact only a minor portion of your efforts in every aspect of your life (20%) is responsible for allowing a major part of your overall success (80%).

If you are able to identify those actions that fall into the 20% category, you can flip the scales to your advantage by devoting most of your energy to them in order to boost your success.

For instance, if most of your professional clients come from your presentations, and you only have time for one per week, you need to delegate other, less fruitful tasks to others in your team and devote most of your time to pitching in order to gain more traction in the market.

The same can be applied to your life.

If your personal happiness comes from spending time in nature, and you currently go to a hike only once in every couple of months, then introduce a weekend getaway scenario. It will allow you to detox your mind, relieve stress and replenish your energy to become happier, more fulfilled. Hence, more inspired to other game-changing steps.

2. Get the hell out of your comfort zone.

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If you like the cushiony, feathery feeling of staying on the safe side of things, then perhaps it’s time to reassess your priorities.

Will it make you happier to never find out your true abilities, or to get out into the world and take the leap of faith, primarily in yourself? However, there’s a difference between a blind jump into the abyss of unknown and taking a calculated risk.

When you master the fine art of assessing a risk and plucking up the courage to in fact take one, you will open numerous doors for yourself. Once you spot the opportunity, you can inspect it from every direction, account for many possible outcomes, weigh your potential loss, decide whether the potential success is worthy of potential failure, and then you can seize the chance.

Risks are invaluable lessons in life. They will teach you how to become better at assessing opportunities, to become a more prominent, valued figure, to improve your tolerance for making mistakes, and to overcome your fears.

Not to mention that some will be your stepping stones towards a better future.

3. Embrace failure.

While we’re at the topic of risks, even playing it safe can sometimes lead to failing miserably. The mindset of a successful individual always strives towards the best possible outcome, but their perception of failure is not a purely negative one.

In order for you to embrace failure as a natural part of the process, you need to stop perceiving your efforts as a method to avoid failure, but to achieve success.

Although this might seem like a minor change, it in fact has a major impact on your behavior.

So, the next time you make a mistake, which will inevitably happen, look at it as a learning opportunity instead of a punishment.

4. Stay educated.

Much like there is no universal solution to all of your problems, there is no unique way to obtain the necessary knowledge for your profession and personal development.

Success often depends on continuous curiosity, digging for new sources of information, and most importantly, questioning everything you come across.

Some people are keen on formal education, in which case online information exchanges such as those available on Thinkswap are a perfect way of prepping for your university and discovering the most effective strategies to make the most of your education.

Online courses, real-life experience and other learning forms are also great ways to stay on the forefront of your field of interest, which will be one of the key elements in reaching your ultimate potential.

5. Use other’s perspective.

If you can learn from books, seminars, mistakes and your own introspection, you can also open up your mind to learn from others. Their input can become crucial in identifying your “weak spots”, finding the right way to overcome them, and keeping your eyes open for other gaps in your attitude and behavior.

Sometimes, all it takes is some constructive criticism, a piece of friendly advice based on personal experience, or positive feedback that allows you a glimpse into how someone competent perceives your potential and your skills.

Everyone’s path towards fulfillment is a different meandering road brimming with surprises and hurdles. But if there were no challenges, there would be no progress. So embrace all the lessons life throws your way and enjoy the endless journey of outgrowing your current self one empowering choice at a time.

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.