Monday, July 22, 2013

An Ounce of Prevention: "10 Ways to Live Below Potential and 6 Ways to Reach It" 

So THIS is interesting...

As I was looking in various translations of Scriptures, one word that I found mentioned only once (in the Amplified) was potential. I guess that makes sense being that potential spokes to possibilities (what *could* happen), John 1:1 tells us that the Word is God and Mark 10:27(NKJV) states "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible."

Yep. There's simply no telling what we could do if we were really setting out to move *with God*; if we made sure that he was truly *in agreement* and *walking alongside* us (Amos 3:3).

That said, as I was praying for the "On Fire" women today "potential" was the word that came to my spirit; too many women are caught up in possibilities rather than seeking the Father (Matthew 7:7-8) for divine wisdom (James 1:5) on what actually should "happen", "be done" and "exist" in there lives.

That's why I found an article entitled "10 Surefire Ways To Live Below Your Full Potential" to be so...timely. I have enclosed excerpts from it below:

Harp on the past instead of focusing on the present. What kind of future do you want to create?  What actions can you take to create this ideal future?  What have you learned from the past that will help you in this journey?  Asking and acting on questions like these will help you to maximize your present moment so you can live your best life going forward.

Get caught up in the details vs. the big picture. By looking at the big picture, it helps you realize what does matter and what doesn’t so that you can then channel your energy accordingly. 

Let yourself be affected by minor issues. Sometimes we may be affected by a hurtful comment or discouraged by a small setback.  While these emotions are justified, often times these events are insignificant in the long run.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  5 years?  10 years?  30  years?”  If not, then it’s probably not worth your energy to think about these things.  Concentrate on things that do matter in the long run instead.

Blame others for your plight. The extent to which you can live your dream life depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame someone/something for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility.  You give others power over that part of your life. 

Complain. It’s okay to complain once in a while as a way to vent, but doing it too often makes you a magnet for negativity.  Whenever you complain, you give your power away to the universe.  For every second you spend complaining, that’s one second you could have spent creating the life you want.

Think that you cannot do it. Are you someone who likes to do everything yourself?  So do I - but over the years I realize that this prevents me from achieving more.  In trying to do everything, including the nitty-gritty, less important details (see #2), that means you’re not able to do the higher level, important things like your biggest goals and dreams.  Start by delegating, outsourcing or removing the less important tasks and scaling yourself up to do the more important ones.  You’ll notice a big difference in your productivity.

Set small goals. Many people set small goals because they’re afraid to fail.  Actually what they’re really afraid of is to realize that they’ve always had all the power to achieve everything they want and that they have wasted their own time and dreams.  You have all the potential and power in this world to achieve everything you want.  Stop settling for less and set your highest goals today.  You owe it to yourself.

Bottle up unhappiness. Bottling up your emotions is like creating a bomb that will eventually self-implode.  Every time you bury an emotion, you’re weighing yourself down with baggage.  The best way to deal with your emotions, whether happy ones or unhappy ones, is to lay them out on the table and face them.  Don’t hide from your problems.  When you do you’re just hiding from yourself.  I found a great way to clear emotional baggage is to use the brain dumping exercise, where you dump your emotions in a journal for about 10-15 minutes.  Try it - you’ll feel lighter almost immediately.

Think that you cannot do it. Our limitations have little to do with the world, society, people, or anything like that – our limitations have always been within us – our beliefs.  

Procrastinate on your goals. Procrastination is the best way to bury your potential.  Do you want your goals to never come true?  Sure, procrastinate on them. 

This is also a cool read: "6 Simple Tips To Live Up to Your Full Potential".

1. It’s Not a Hate Game

Questioning whether or not you’re living up to your full potential can be nothing short of an excuse to hate yourself. Scanning the web for what you should be doing, planning trips you can’t afford, or worse, following all your supposed friends on Facebook, doesn't help the situation. Comparing yourself to others is about the least effective means of seeking out your potential.

2. Listen Closely

What lights you up inside? Not what lights those around you up, but what gets you excited? Take time to listen within to what you want your life to look like. Instead of wasting time effectively hating yourself for not knowing what you need, listen closely, until you figure it out.

3. Clarify Your Goals

Now that you’ve outlined what makes you happy, figure out how to get there. Set out exactly what you have to do to reach your goals.

4. Set Benchmarks

Not tomorrow, not next week, but today, get started by setting benchmarks to get where you want to get in your life. For example, my goal was to be a full time freelance writer so I set financial goals for each year to outline exactly how much money I needed to make in order to reach my goal. I also set goals for exactly the kind of writing I wanted to be doing. Setting one big goal is helpful, but it’s even more important that you set out to reach shorter goals that are more attainable.  

5. Set a Daily Schedule

How does your daily schedule contribute to meeting your life’s goals? For example, do you wake up late? How early do you go to bed? What aspects of your schedule do not serve your greater good?

6. Mistakes Are Learning Experiences

When you don’t get a job, instead of hating yourself for falling short, what can you learn from the experience? What can you change that will help you reach your goals the next time? Don’t waste energy putting yourself down. The most successful, happy people have made a good deal of mistakes. But the difference is they don’t dwell on them, they learn from them.

Who knows how many women's life partners are waiting on them to reach their full potential as single women because they are currently living out their full potential as men.

Just something to think about.

Tap in. Beyond mere possibilities. It's there. In you.



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