I want to start things off by asking you a simple, but thought provoking question: Are you living up to your potential?

To assist in the answering of this question, I offer you a simple definition to the word potential:

“Your potential is your capacity to become or develop into something in the future.”

Every day I see regular people, just like you and I, letting their precious lives go to waste. How often do you hear of the rising football star with all the ‘talent’ in the world, who turns out to be nothing? OR the child in school who has the intellectual capacity of a super computer that ends up in some dead end job, cruising through life?

Why do so many people, with seemingly limitless potential, amount to nothing?

The answer is simple. Potential doesn’t mean shit. As harsh as that sounds, your ‘capacity’ to achieve something in the future has very little bearing on you actually achieving it. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you will.

Although I believe this to be the truth, there is still hope for those who wish to achieve their potential, thus the motivation behind creating this post.

Here are my top tips for people hoping to achieve their potential:

1. Realize That Hard Work Beats Talent, When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard

Regardless of your situation, circumstances, ability or environment, hard work will bring you results. If you are prepared to be the hardest worker in the room at any given time, good things are going to happen for you. It may take time and it sure as hell won’t be easy, but if you’re prepared to get your hands dirty and work for what you want, you will likely get it. Check out this post on hard work for more on the subject.

2. Realize That Complacency Is The Enemy

Complacency is where comfort zones are built, and trust me, getting caught inside your comfort zone should be avoided at all costs. Some people may argue that it’s good to be happy with what you’ve got, and that’s fine to a certain extent, but the moment you accept and become okay with where you are, you are never going to get to where you need to go.

Celebrate your success’ and don’t be afraid to pat yourself on the back now and then, but realize that just as you’re resting on your laurels your competition will be nipping at your heals. People are always getting better and the moment you take your foot off the pedal you’re opening up a path to be overtaken.

3. Set and Keep On Setting Goals

This message may become repetitive throughout my posts but I can’t stress the importance of setting regular goals. How can you achieve your potential if you don’t have anything to aim for? Set BIG, long-term goals, followed by smaller, short-term goals and then put all of our focus onto achieving them.

Creating goals will allow you to wake in the morning with conviction, go after what you want during the day, and go to bed satisfied at night.

4. Have Confidence Being You

I could nearly bet my house that at least 50% (or more) of the people reading this post either have trouble with self esteem, lack confidence in themselves or have trouble following their own path, because of the fear of what other people will think about them.

I have no shame in admitting that growing up my whole life was shaped by other peoples perceptions of me and it drove me down a dark and depressing road, taking away any chance of me ever dreaming of achieving my potential.

The biggest turning point in my life was the moment I said to myself “F*ck what everyone else thinks about me, I’m going to do what I love to do and be who I want to be.” I highly suggest you find a way to say something like this to yourself!

5. Understand The Truth Behind The Saying “Failure Is The Prerequisite To Success”

Have you ever failed at something such as making the basketball team, winning a competition or being accepted into a course? When you failed, how many of you told yourself you weren’t good enough and gave up on the idea of ever trying again?

The perception of failure being the end on your road to success is one that I want you to smash with a hammer and destroy right away!

If you do a simple Google search on refusing to give up you will find many stories of the most famous and successful people of our time, who had to surpass seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve their goals, even after multiple failed attempts.

Take Thomas Edison for example, he failed at creating the light bulb over 10,000 times before he succeeded. Ten thousand times!

Please learn that you must fail in order to succeed and that learning to be persistent and never give up are non negotiable if you ever want to get close to achieving your potential.

6. Develop An Unstoppable Internal Drive

If you want to achieve and surpass what you believe to be your potential, it is necessary to develop an insane, unstoppable, internal drive. You have to want to achieve your goals more than anything else in the world, and be prepared to do whatever it takes during your quest for self improvement. Watch this inspiration video on internal drive for some extra motivation!

If you want something bad enough, and you’re so passionate about it that it consumes your mind, then failure will never be an option to you. You will climb walls, dig tunnels and move mountains to get where you need to go and your drive will be the pilot that takes you there.

What do you think? Is someones potential a clear indicator for them being successful? These are just my thoughts but if you have any tips, thoughts or ideas on how you can best achieve your potential feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers and thanks for reading!

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