How to Stop Limiting Your Personal Potential
If you are not investing in personal development, you are limiting your true potential.
Personal development affects your entire life, not just your work life or your personal life. It’s amazing how many people don’t try to improve themselves. These are the same people that wonder why they are not getting anywhere with their lives.
You want to use some guidelines to help you which are as follows:
Imagine How You Want to Shape Your Life
Without a vision, you won’t be able to determine what kind of life you want to live. You need to determine what kinds of changes you want professionally as well as personally. The two may overlap. If you imagine yourself being more helpful to others, this trait will become part of both. There may be certain aspects of your personal development that you believe are specific to personal life but may eventually carry over to your professional life. The key is to identify and imagine what this new skill is going to look like.
Assess Your Current Situation
Before you make any changes in your life, determine where you stand with your life as it currently exists. Look into what’s holding you back from moving forward in any aspect of life and begin to make the necessary changes. It won’t happen overnight, but it won’t happen at all if you don’t start.
Once you know what your strengths and weaknesses are, create some goals to strive to complete. These should include high level goals as well as action steps. Most important, set milestones with firm dates for these action steps.
There can be valid reasons why certain actions or goals can’t be met. Instead of abandoning the entire personal development plan, come up with alternatives steps. Be careful not to simply fall back on these steps because they are easier than the main goals. Go with the flow!
Evaluate How You Are Doing
When you reach a milestone, see how you did against the plan of action steps. This is a crucial step, and it’s important to be realistic and truthful. The best way to handle this is to have someone else perform this for you, like a coach. It may not be easy to hear, but the benefits will be well worth it.
Keep it Simple
You only need the next step. It’s simply not possible to map out each and every step to reaching goal. You don’t know what will happen. Look for your next step and then when you get there, you’ll be able to see the next step, and so on.