You don’t have to settle for second best. It is within your ability to reach your full potential. Every human being has the ability to reach his/her full potential. That’s what you’ve been created for.Your purpose in life is to reach your full potential Click To Tweet
So what is keeping you from reaching your full potential? More often than not; it’s your own thinking.
Your brain is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) asset you’ll ever have, but are you using it to achieve your full potential in life? Or have you given up on achieving anything worthwhile because you don’t have enough will-power? You never set any goals for yourself because you never achieve them anyhow.
In this post, we’re going to talk about why things are as they are. We are going to talk about the fact that you are using your brain, whether consciously or unconsciously and how it affects your life. You will discover that you can make a conscious decision, to use your brain and change your life.
Are You Dedicated to Reaching Your Full Potential?
You’re not in your twenties anymore, so you think it’s normal to start getting overweight. It’s normal to start developing some aches and pains in your body.
You’ve tried each and every diet on the market and you’ve been on so many fitness routines that you’ve lost count of them. Sounds familiar? They either don’t work, or you aren’t dedicated enough.
Yes, now we are getting a little closer to the truth. You are not getting overweight and you are not developing those aches and pains just because you are not in your twenties anymore. It is more about not being dedicated to whatever it is you want to achieve.
But how can you become dedicated and committed? It has a lot to do with what you are focused on.
Who or What Do You Blame for not Reaching Your Full Potential?
If you are blaming your age for getting overweight, developing all kinds of aches and pains, lack of energy, not achieving any goals anymore, you are missing an important truth. It has very little to do with your age (if anything), but it has a lot to do with what your mind is focused on.
Even in the business world, many of the wealthiest people are well into their sixties and even seventies and there are no signs of slowing down. Even if you are approaching your fifties and you don’t have a fortune saved for retirement yet, it is not too late. You can still create the life of your dreams.
Whether Consciously or Unconsciously, You use Your Brain and You Get What You Focus On
We get what we focus on. Yes, you need to change your mindset.
Let’s use a simple example; if you are afraid of spiders, you will probably encounter dozens of spiders when you go for a walk in the garden. When you have no fear of spiders though, you’ll probably stroll around for hours and won’t even see one spider. Does that mean there are no spiders when you aren’t afraid of them? No, but you aren’t paying enough attention to actually notice them.
The idea of it being natural for us to get weak and develop health and memory problems as we grow older is a myth. But if that is what you believe; guess what is going to happen?You get in life what you are focused on. Click To Tweet
I’m not saying that you should try to physically compete with a super fit twenty-year-old athlete when you are sixty years old. But there is also no reason why you should become passive and just let go of yourself. Those aches and pains can often be associated with bad health due to a lack of exercise and low fitness levels.
If you keep on thinking that you lack the will-power to do anything great, or that you can’t enjoy good health (due to whatever reason), that is what you are focusing your mind on and those will be the results as well.
By the way, if you try to do something by sheer will-power alone, it can be very difficult. You have to change your thinking. Your mind needs to be focused on the desired outcome. You should be focused on the benefits of your desired outcome.
When you focus your thinking on the desired outcome, such as health, success, financial freedom or the sensation of being on your dream holiday, you will be able to develop a burning desire to achieve your goal.
When you attempt to do it by will-power, you are focused on activities that you have to do and you can easily become de-motivated.
Some reasons for giving up are:
- Fear of failure.
- Fear of success.
- Feeling unworthy of success.
- Being unrealistic when setting goals.
- Lack of planning.
- Not having a strategy.
Many of these problems might have been developed since childhood.
Tell Your Brain What To Do and Start Changing Your Life
The first step you need to take is to change your thought pattern. It is important to view goal setting as a privilege and not as punishment. Move your focus away from any difficulties and how hard it would be to achieve any specific goal, and start focusing on the benefits which you can enjoy by achieving the goal.
Here are some steps to help you in the process:
- When you are setting goals, break it up into smaller goals.
- If you need to lose 20 kg, it will be easy to lose hope. But if you set a goal to lose 1 kg per week, it becomes easier. When you can lose 4 kg in one month, it will make you feel successful and you will realize that if you could do it once, you can do it again.
- If you need to save $10 000.00, set a goal to save $1000.00 every six months.
- When setting goals, be specific and use deadlines. That will make it easy to see progress on your goals and monitor successes. Don’t just say ‘I need to lose weight’, or ‘I need to make more money’. Be specific by saying “I need to lose 20 kg’, or ‘I need to make an extra $1000.00 per month’, and set a time when you need to achieve it by. (Note: these dates are not set in brick and mortar. It is your goal. When you see the time you gave yourself was unrealistic, adjust it).
- Share your decision/goal with someone who cares about you and who will support you. Besides the fact that these people will support you, it also becomes harder to give up when you know they will inquire about your progress.
- Try to determine in advance areas of difficulty or possible challenges. When you are expecting these challenges, you can prepare in advance.
- Take responsibility. Create a system where you will be held accountable. You can join a forum or start a mastermind group where you have to report back on your progress to other people. By doing this you are making your brain aware of every little success achieved by you, however small it might be. Consistently achieving small successes, eventually lead to huge success.
- Avoid destructive (or negative) thoughts. Be prepared for these thoughts. When you start looking for excuses to quit, replace these thoughts with positive thoughts. Instead of getting intimidated by what you still need to do, pay attention and give yourself credit for all the successes already achieved. Use that to motivate yourself and don’t quit.
- Reward yourself. Determine various milestones, and even share these with your family. When these milestones are achieved, reward yourself. Determine some milestones where the whole family can share in the reward, like an evening at the movies, or a weekend away for the family. You will be amazed at the support the family will give you when they are included.
Take Responsibility, Take Control
In your life, you are the ‘pilot’. Take control and choose your own destination.
It is for you to choose what you want in life, what you want to think and what you are going to believe. That will determine what actions you are going to take.
Do you take control and create the environment you live in, or are you a product of your environment? What do you do to improve the quality of your life? Tell me about it. I look forward to hearing from you.