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How to Reach Your Full Potential and Achieve Everything You’ve Ever Wanted

Everything is possible when you dream big with a strong vision and the correct mindset



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People with a mindset for success approach issues proactively, not reactively. They remain cool and composed and encounter challenges squarely. They are unmoved by external distractions and disturbances. They do not believe in criticizing, complaining, and condemning.

They possess a positive, determined, and strong attitude. They associate with positive people and create a healthy circle. They are optimistic and confident with a long-term vision. They do not go by short-term temptations. 

Here are some popular tips to develop a mindset for success. 

  • Listen to motivational audio or view videos. Read self-improvement books to elevate your mood levels and lift your energies. 
  • Look at the open door, and not at the closed one. Look for opportunities, not threats. Focus on your strengths, not weaknesses. 
  • Surround yourself with cheerful friends. Create a healthy zone to recharge your batteries regularly. 
  • Attend motivational seminars and workshops. Network with like-minded people. 
  • Set SMART goals. SMART is the acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Goals remove negative thoughts from your mind and replace them with positive thoughts. 

Develop a mindset for growth 

Success lies within your mind and depends on cultivating the right mindset. Understanding this basic principle makes it easy to develop a mindset for growth. When you want to achieve success, you must visualize success within your mind. 

You must have heard the slogan, a battle is won twice: first in your mind and second in real life. Everything boils down to your mindset. There are two types of mindsets — fixed mindset and growth mindset.

People with a growth mindset have the potential to achieve extraordinary success while people with a fixed mindset remain in mediocrity. 

Fixed-mindset versus growth-mindset

People with a fixed mindset assume that their talents, skills, abilities, and intelligence are fixed and cannot be developed further. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset strongly believe that their strengths can be reinforced by reading, writing, teaching, training, experience, and practice. 

People with a fixed mindset have an external locus of control, as their minds are governed by things happening in other people’s life. People with a growth mindset have an internal locus of control. They don’t get demotivated when others do well. Rather they learn from others’ success to apply it in their own life. 

While the former is in the comfort zone and risk-averse, the latter is out of the comfort zone and risk-takers. People with a fixed mindset take failure as a full stop and believe in destiny. People with a growth mindset take failure as a comma and create their destiny. 

Have you ever wondered why some people grow so fast and others lag? Many will explain that it is the person’s PR skills with the seniors or just luck. Those who call this luck or politics are those with a fixed mindset. No negative effort can ever bear a long-term positive result. 

That one person surged ahead simply because he has a growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset are complacent while people with a growth- mindset are ambitious with an appetite for learning and development. 

People with a fixed mindset often take a long time to move up the growth ladder while people with a growth mindset make it faster. People with a fixed mindset could be great executors but those with a growth mindset are visionaries.

Some individuals had an average intelligence in their teens but over the years, grew extraordinarily intelligent because of their growth- mindset. Similarly, some individuals remained average in intelligence forever because of their fixed mindset. 

Everything is there in the mind. The evolution of the mind from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset is essential to provide meaning to your life. 

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  — Henry David Thoreau

Reach your full potential

There are several innovative ways to reach your full potential. Most people do not reach their full potential due to phobias, fears, superstitions, or mental barriers. If they overcome these they will be able to reach their full potential and achieve success. 

People have several fears such as the fear of criticism, failure, old age, ill-health, and poverty. As a result, they play safe. A ship is safe in the harbor but it is not meant for that. We are gifted with life and we must know how to utilize this opportunity to grow and make a difference in our lives as well as the life of others.

Most people set goals but they are not serious and committed to accomplishing them. They do not invest their efforts wholeheartedly, ending up in mediocrity. When you want an exceptional outcome, you must invest exceptional efforts. 

I discovered my love for learning in childhood. But I discovered my love for teaching, training, and research in my mid-forties. If I had discovered them earlier, I would have achieved extraordinary success long ago. 

When you want to achieve your full potential, you must discover your inborn talents in your early life and develop skills around them. Skills can be cultivated by training, reading, experience, and observation. 

Only when you blend your inborn talents with skills effectively, you will be able to reach your full potential and achieve success.

Everyone has potential. However, only a few unlock them and achieve success. They are the ones who are at the right place at the right time. To ensure such alignment, it is essential to hire coaches and mentors.

Over to you!

Nobody can stop you from achieving success except your mind. People often have mental limitations that stifle their advancement and growth. They must remove such mental blocks and limitations with a scientific approach. They must understand first the causes of their mental blocks and remove them through practice gradually.

It is easy to develop a mindset for success. The person you are today is the person you wanted to be a few years ago. You chose to be what you are today. Similarly, make a choice today to be the type of person you want to be in the future. 

Everything is possible when you dream big with a strong vision and the correct mindset. Develop such a successful mindset today to become the type of person you want to be in the future. 

When you have the right mindset, you can save time, money, and energy. When you have the mindset for success, you can add value to others and make a difference in their lives.

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning ‘See the Light in You’ URL: He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications.

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