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6 Reasons Why You Haven’t Reached Your Full Potential Yet

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Do you think there’s more to you than what people get to see every day? Do you think that you have more to offer to the world than you actually get to?

If this is something that crosses your mind often, then you have not reached your full potential just yet.

We know that your development period is still in progress and that you will get there one day, but there are a few things that you might be doing that can actively keep you from evolving into your best self. The main reasons why people are not all they could be are not complex or complicated. In fact, they are the simplest things and people tend to overlook them precisely because they seem so small.

Here are 6 reasons you might’ve not reached your full potential yet:

1. You are not being honest enough with yourself

The first step towards achieving your full potential is knowing yourself well enough to know which aspects you need to improve and which you need to develop further. To do this properly, you will need to be entirely honest in your analysis and balanced enough to not be overly critical.

Take a step back from all the social constraints you face on a daily basis and really look at yourself. Analyze everything about you as objectively as possible and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Only then will you be able to maximize your strong suits and minimize your weak ones.

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” – Sigmund Freud

2. You are not aiming for the right goals

What are your main goals for the following 10 years? Are they mainly related to your personal life or are you aiming for a stellar career? It is essential that you know exactly where you want to go if you ever want to get there one day.

You need to establish clear objectives for your future so that you will feel fulfilled one day. Remember that these goals are meant to make you happy above anybody else, so stay honest and find out what you want to fight for.

 

3. You are not organized enough

Proper development takes time, but most of all it requires a well-crafted plan that can take you to the success you are aiming for. How much thought have you put into your upcoming endeavors? How many moves ahead have you planned by now?

Once you have established your goals, you need to find the simplest way to get there. Then you need to come up with a plan B, a plan C, and maybe even a plan D, just so you know the detours you can take.

 

4. You are not curious enough

Your plan for the future may not be enough to drive you to success if you do not bring it up to date it from time to time. While keeping your main goals in mind, you need to explore your professional opportunities to enhance your experience.

You also need to find the best ways to enrich your personal life because this will help you feel truly satisfied at the end of the day. You never know where your next long-term plan is going to spring from, so keep your eyes open for new exciting things.

 

5. You are not focused enough

Keeping up with your long-term plan is definitely not going to be easy. Modern society comes with a virtually endless amount of seductive distractions that can lead you off-track and delay you from achieving your goals.
It is important to stay focused at all times and analyze the opportunities you are presented with as fairly as possible.

 

6. You are not bold enough

If you want to achieve to your full potential, you need to know that you deserve all the good things that are heading your way. When an attractive opportunity presents itself, you need to be bold enough to take it.

“Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self.” – Queen Latifah

Let go of all the insecurities that are holding you back and have enough faith in yourself to take on new challenges and develop along with them. Only this way will you be able to reach your full potential.

Which step will you take to reach your full potential? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below

Amanda Wilks is a Boston University graduate and a Contributing Editor at Quality Education and Jobs. She loves helping people find meaningful careers and reach their full potential.

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  1. Chris Targett

    Apr 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Some great points to think about, two areas I am going to address:

    – Analysing myself- how would you recommend doing this, a strength and weakness column? Or where I feel I am not using my true potentials. What would your advice be?

    – I also need to be more bold, working in a corporate sales job at the moment my dream is to become a full time entrepreneur, having a few side hustles at the moment I want to be doing this ful time- need to be more bold in getting to that point.

    – I find I am very curious, always asking questions, it can take you down many paths.

    Thanks for the thought invoking article 🙂

  2. Rene Steve Sinzinkayo

    Apr 15, 2016 at 8:02 am

    You really prophetise as that is exactly the type of a person I am.

  3. Thea Dunlap

    Apr 13, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Great article. The 6 reasons you’ve pointed out are spot on for me. The post is very helpful and inspiring. keep it up.

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