The world is full of people realizing their potential. Take Bethany Hamilton for example, she lost her arm in a shark attack and went on to place third at the world surfing competition. What does your maximum potential look like? Imagine the person you know you CAN be. Most of us have an idea of what it looks like to be the best version of ourselves. Maybe we exercise more, have more confidence, or don’t procrastinate. Maybe our better version is just someone who prioritizes what is really important. Whatever it is, it is not an impossible feat to reach. Most of us are working to reach that potential now.
Reaching our full potential is not an overnight event. It is a process that can be arduous and lifelong. Also, it is not something that happens by accident. We don’t stumble on to our best selves, or look back and say “Whoops. I guess I made it.” It’s something that requires work. Here are five EASY things you can start doing to reach your maximum potential.
Set Aside Quiet Time
We are constantly connected to something. Take just 20-30 minutes a day for yourself. It doesn’t have to be sitting cross-legged in a dark room with your eyes closed but take time away from the noise of your daily life. Take a walk, stare into the sky, lay in the grass, sit on your patio, or anything else that you find relaxing. Take this time to think, visual, plan, dream, reminisce, envision, etc. You’ll surprise yourself with the realizations and epiphanies you experience when you set aside time for peace.
Go to Sleep Early and Wake Up Earlier
Some of us are not morning people. That’s okay. Try getting up just 15-30 minute before your normal schedule. Most of us pack our day so tight that from the moment our feet hit the ground we are off to do something. Getting up just a few minute earlier can help to focus yourself for the rest of the day. People who get up earlier report being less stressed, more productive, and more at peace in their life. What most people don’t realize is that preparation for the day starts with a good night’s rest. The average person needs 7-9 hours of sleep, and studies have shown that we are less productive and make poor decisions when we are sleep deprived. According to research conducted by Arianna Huffington, author and sleep expert, over 60 percent of the population is sleep deprived.
Become An Optimist
How many times have you heard the phrase “look on the bright side” or “just be happy”? This may seem like empty advice but it really isn’t. We can train our brains to think a certain way. Try making a gratitude list each morning or when you feel you need it. By sitting down and quickly writing down all the things you’re grateful of, you force your brain to focus on all the positives of life. In the beginning, you may find that the things you’re grateful for are limited or vague, but as you practice, it will become easier to notice all the details of life that you truly love.
Learn Something New
We know that learning something new can strengthen the pathways of your brain, but it can also improve your life satisfaction. Most of us have things that we have always wanted to learn but never got around to it. Maybe it’s a new language or an instrument. Maybe it’s something as simple as a new recipe. Whatever it is, learning something new gives us a sense of accomplishment and brings us one step closer to the person we have always wanted to be.
Find A Role Model
Kids are great at this. For some reason, we lose this as we grow up. We don’t need to try to find the perfect person for a role model (they just don’t exist), but we can have role models or mentors for certain aspects of life. Maybe it’s a relationship we see, a co-worker’s work ethic or a boss’s decorum. We don’t have to put them on a pedestal, but with discernment, we can pick out their positive qualities and work to apply them to our life.
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