7 Concrete Steps to Reaching Your Full Potential

In times of strife or uncertainty, it is easy to beat yourself up – to think you’re not good enough. It is even easier to forget that despite all of our differences we are born with one very important thing is common: potential – and lots of it. What seems difficult, at times, is remembering this potential for greatness lies within us all. So I have compiled a short, easy to-do list with words of inspiration from great thinkers who have recognized their potential as a reminder and an inspiration, for those who have forgotten amidst the daily bump and grind, how to realize their power within:
#1. Reflect on your life.

The first step is committing to 20-30 minutes of quiet Reflection everyday. You don’t have to sit still, close your eyes, and meditate. But you do have to get away from all the distractions in your life such as the television, cell phones, email, radio, family, friends, coworkers, school mates, etc. They’re constantly clouding your thoughts and influencing your decisions.

So take a walk, ride a bike, turn the radio off while commuting to work, sit on your back porch, lie in the grass, go to bed a little early. Whatever works for you.

Now, open up your mind and just Think, Analyze, Consider, Ponder, Contemplate, Imagine, Visualize, and Dream. Think about your past, your present, and your future. Ask yourself questions like…What am I capable of? What are my strengths? Where do I want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 100 years? And so on…

During this time of Reflection you will come across great Realizations and Epiphanies. You will experience a new level of Understanding, Insight, Consciousness, and Awareness. The goal of this entire process is to capture these thoughts and preserve them on your LetsReflect profile. Compile your list and read it over and over again. It will always be there to keep you on track and heading in the right direction.

So get lost in thought…It will change your life!

“It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined” ~Henry James~

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein~

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~Lao Tzu~

#2. Become an Optimist.

This is key. Every negative thought that you replay your mind is like an anchor holding you back. Liberate yourself from the negativity. Inside every setback lies an opportunity! Always find the positive in every situation.

“You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sail” ~unknown~

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” ~Oscar Wilde~

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~Thomas Edison~

#3. Set a Goal.

Goals give your life direction and purpose. Without them you’re just drifting through existence. Do something Bold! Set a lofty goal that stretches you outside your comfort zone.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline” ~Napoleon Hill~

“The more you dream, the farther you get.” ~Michael Phelps~

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ~Andrew Carnegie~

“Long-range goals keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures.” ~James Cash Penney~

#4. Define who your role models are.

They can be in the flesh, on TV, or even audio books. Model yourself after them. Learn from them. If you don’t, you’ll pick up bad habits from all the wrong people.

“People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves.” ~Tyrone Edwards~

“The single most important influence in the life of a person is another person … who is worthy of emulation.” ~Paul Shafer~

#5. Be Grateful!

Be grateful for your opportunities. Be grateful for right now! Being grateful invites even better things to come into your life. So what are you grateful for?

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it – would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.” ~Ralph Marston~

#6. Become a life long learner.

You don’t have to be in school to learn new things. Commit to learning something new everyday. Have an open mind. Become a sponge. Grow!

“All the information you need to succeed already exist; the only problem is you’re not exposing yourself to it.” ~Jim Rohn~

“There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.” ~unknown~

#7. Embrace change!

It’s impossible to reach your full potential if you’re not willing to change. Become dynamic, adaptive, evolving! Realize that change is good…change is exciting!

“One does not discover new lands without losing sight of the shore.” ~unknown~

“An important guideline for effective individual growth is open-mindedness. A willingness and eagerness to consider new information, new viewpoints, new ideas, and new possibilities is essential.” ~F. David~

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain~

Now, despite what others have said…you are capable of great things! I believe in you. So Get Focused! Get Motivated! …and take advantage of Right Now!
Remember that this is a journey…not a quick fix. The trick is staying positive and surrounding yourself with positive people. Best of luck!

Jonathan Cunningham is a Guest Blogger for PickTheBrain. He is an active member of LetsReflect – a global Social Networking Community centered on the idea of Self-Actualization – a site dedicated to helping you reach your full potential!

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38 Responses to 7 Concrete Steps to Reaching Your Full Potential

  1. Bob says:

    I would add “Make a list of all the things you’re good at” to your list.

  2. Josten says:

    Wow this is an amazing blog post

    That quote from michael phelps The more you dream the father you’ll get is amazing. It touched me because i thought of how successful he’s been with swimming. Then i thought of how much i dream.

  3. This is overall a good post. However, i would like to add a good plan. A goal without a plan is nothing but hoping for the best without trying your best.

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Some good advice here for people who wish to take their life seriously. But in today’s fast-paced world you would seldom find people who have the time or the inclination reflect on their lives and improve themselves inwardly.

    People are just too busy being distracted…I mean entertained by this celebrity gossip culture.

  5. Abraham says:

    Wow, what a beautiful and thoughtful post. Appreciate the selection of points and appropriate quotes to match the point. Three cheers!!

  6. really good post,make me think of the future..
    and i like the quote

    “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein~

  7. Claudiu says:

    really good article, made me reflect on my life and gave me the instruments to reach my full potential

  8. bargainph says:

    This is a really good post. The post can probably be summarized as “Know where you want to be, Get a mentor and start running.”

    I really liked Mark Twain’s quote. It really applies to me.

  9. Tim says:

    Very nice post. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of life distracts us from the important things in life.

  10. TracyWall says:

    This post needs to be enlarged and printed for my studio wall. Thanks for offering us the guidelines for a richer life!

  11. radiance says:

    great article really inspired me

  12. Star Quotes says:

    I like this article a lot, and how you’re quoting from all these important people to stress your point.

  13. Ben says:

    “We are all born with potential.” That’s so true. I especially like your step #6 a lot. I definitely have tried to keep learning new things as the days go by. Very excellent article.

  14. Good article. Thanks for guideline

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  16. Dario says:

    Hey thanks for the info I’m in the creation process rite now so i accept this guidance and will apply it I’m my everyday life just saved the page on my I pad

  17. Chetan says:

    Hi Jonathan ! thanks for the post . I will keep this article so I can read it again and again and apply.


  18. Noah Garcia says:

    I think #1 is important but often overlooked, especially in the hustle and bustle of life. Often people wait until their older years to reflect, by that time one can mainly reflect and not act upon those reflections. It is important during our life to have periods of reflection so we know where we are at in life and can make adjustments if necessary. Good post :-)

  19. Alias8080 says:

    This article is the opposite of concrete. These are among the most vague, generic suggestions it is possible to give.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Ditka said something like,

    “Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

  21. Anonymous says:

    Ditka said something like,

    “Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

  22. Ashg says:

    Awesome post!

  23. Zachary says:

    I’ve messed up. How Do I change? I want people to know me as a positive person, I used to be negative until right now.

  24. Steve Pratt01 says:

    Sound very good and I am ready to put it to practice

  25. Daniel says:

    When you really want to constantly grow yourself and live by highest standards, you must encourage yourself to reach your potential. Only by devoting yourself to doing your best allows you to achieve greatness in your personal development. Learn more about reaching your potential at http://www.empowernetwork.com/kefczan/blog/how-to-reach-your-potential/?id=kefczan

  26. Daniel says:

    We all have the same chances for success. We all deserve it before God’s eyes. And the rest is in our hands. You are the one who determine how great you become. That is the truth, isn’t it? Learn more about your potential at http://www.empowernetwork.com/kefczan/blog/how-to-reach-your-potential/?id=kefczan

  27. Smeagol says:

    This is a great post!

  28. Antagnoista Maximus says:

    Why don’t you all die in a ditch. You fucking idiots. Stop being so insecure. Please. That’s your long-term goal.

  29. SEXGOD says:

    Fuck you antagonista maximus, you dont know what ur talkin about sista. id like to see you eat gravy from a philosophers toe. yeah BITCH

  30. Antagonista Maximus says:

    ‘SEXGOD’, if that’s even your real name… I bet you work for the illuminati. You want people to believe in Gods etc. The only real God is Khabala. Wear your wristband with pride or pay the price. If Madonna backs it, it is right. <3.

  31. SEXGOD says:

    MADNONNA?!! MADONNA? What da fuck do you know about madonna? you aint fit enough to lick her toenails sista. and yeah i talk about toenalis alot, what of it? you cant see any fucking sense in whatever it is you’re talking about, at least I can see how many oblong seabass fit into a rubix cube. I’m talkin more sense than you and im on crack. LICK IT SISTA

  32. Antagonista Maximus says:

    I eat crack for breakfast. Its not cool. I once ate a rock and had to go to hospital for six and a half days. It’s not a cool drug and I’m silly for even thinking about it. Always remember #5. Be Grateful!.
    The God Khabalalalalala gave it to you and you can’t abuse it. This is life i’m talking about. The life you live. Stope being silly. Please, stop being silly. I’m not even your ‘sista’. I’m the Nietzsche to your Descartes, the Mick Jagger to your John Lennon, but most importantly – the Madonna to your Kelly Clarkson. Go to the bank and make a saving. Go to the bed and make a sleep. Stay off the crack, don’t be whack.

  33. SEXGOD says:

    Incremental seabass. Sadistic salmon. I AM THE WALRUS

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  35. w1cked1971 says:

    I liked this article it made me want to write and plan and then get out there and do something – haven’t felt like this in a while – WATCH THIS SPACE!!!!

  36. Denjo says:

    Great to learn and applies these everyday. Thanks for posting these advises. Permission to share all of these to all my peers and friends. Thank you!

  37. C W says:

    goo goo ga choob

  38. Bella listens says:

    just checking in, how are you doing so far?

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