How To Overcome 4 Things That Limit Your Potential
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Whenever we think about things that limit our potential or prevent us from getting “success” in our lives, we think of things that are beyond control such as luck, timing, inheritance, and so on. We think, “If only I could be like him, I would have the money required to start my own business” or “If only my parents had been more supportive, I would be an Ivy League genius”.
But at that very moment, we are doing exactly what limits our potential: pointing fingers and playing the blame game. This gets you nowhere in life. You could spend your whole life pointing fingers and blaming all of your faults and misfortunes on someone, or something, else.
In reality these are excuses we use for not being able to achieve our goals in life. In essence, we are limiting our own potential by constructing these self-made barriers. These barriers also include the following:
Fear of Failure
One of the most common reasons why we keep ourselves from achieving our dreams and aspirations is the thought that we will fail or something will go wrong. However, this thinking is wrong, because you just cannot predict an outcome without any good reason. Perhaps, you’re worried you’ll fail the way you did in the past or because someone says you would. Remember, these negative thoughts are holding you down, preventing you from moving forward and pushing yourself to go beyond the boundaries.
To move forward, you have to move past these fears and overcome negative self-talk. To boost your confidence, you could remind yourself about the countless times you were successful, despite your fears. Remember that many great figures in history failed countless times before achieving success.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Alva Edison
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Perhaps, you know where you are headed and you’ve been there before without any success. For example, you once initiated a startup but it didn’t go so well and you had to shut it down. You may be reluctant to try it again after the negative experience.
Here is what you should do in such cases. Learn from your mistakes. Identify the problems and reasons that caused your failure and work on overcoming those problems. Once you learn the cause behind your negative experience, you should be able to get past those barriers in future. See again that quote by Edison. All you have to do is start small and keep moving forward bit by bit. Remember, no one is going to tell you or hold your hand and drag you towards success; only you yourself can do it.
The Comfort Zone
This is one of the most common culprits! We don’t want to take risks. We don’t want to push beyond the boundaries. And we don’t want to try too hard to achieve something because it’s past our comfort zone. The comfort zone is where we feel “safe” because we know the results. But this way of thinking is exactly what prevents us from taking risks to fulfill our dreams. Your goals and dreams are not going to just fall on your lap. You have to pursue them yourself by being willing to go through thick and thin just to make it happen.
This is a technique that the military uses to help motivate and train soldiers. By getting them comfortable with the uncomfortable, they become fearless and disciplined — not only in their military life but in their careers afterward.
This mentality involves taking risks, big ones! Don’t be afraid to try something difficult or unusual, because whatever happens, you’ll have learned something new. As Einstein once said, “A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.”
Who would you go to, to ask for advice? Perhaps, you end up asking the wrong people every time who neither have the knowledge nor experience to provide proper counseling. Such people talk us out of something based on “assumptions” or negative thoughts. Instead, reach out to people who have positive attitude, who we know can coach us and motivate us towards success.
If anything, pushing the boundaries and teaching your potential begins by truly believing in yourself.
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