Why do some people succeed and others stay stuck? We all have potential inside of us, it’s just that some of us – the successful ones – have realized how to harness the power within and use it to get ahead. The rest of us just allow that potential to go to waste.
If you are one of the many who are letting your potential go to waste, how do you stop this and begin harnessing the power within yourself? This post is going to walk you through 4 of the biggest mistakes people who don’t harness their own power make and how to overcome them so that you can reach your full potential.
4 Ways To Harnessing The Power Within Yourself
Too Many Choices
We have so many choices today. Walk through the grocery store and see how many options of cereal you have. Walk into an electronics store and see how many flat screen TV options there are for you. Even when it comes to investing, your options are almost unlimited.
This is a problem because the more choices we have the greater and easier the chances of us ending up doing nothing. We won’t buy the TV that is close to perfect because thee might be another one out there that is even better. In other words, we are afraid to make a mistake.
How To Overcome This: Do some research on whatever you are looking to buy or on the job you are considering taking and then trust your gut and make a decision. Will you be right all of the time? No way. But the fact that you are making decisions is helping you to succeed.
The reason for this is because as you make decisions, you will learn and will be able to make better decisions down the road. Always remember, you will get a lot farther in life by making wrong decisions than by sitting by idly waiting for perfection to come along.
Failure To Plan
Another mistake many of us who waste our potential make is misusing our time. We all have the same amount of time in a day, so why is it that some of us get so much more done in a day?
Those that are successful plan. They site down and look at their upcoming day and figure out what are some realistic tasks they can accomplish and focus their attention on getting these things done.
How To Overcome This: You need to start planning. Take a few minutes the night before or even first thing in the morning and look at your upcoming schedule. What are some big things you want to get done in the days ahead?
Make sure you take to heart the idea of what you can actually accomplish. This is because many times we think we can do much more in a day than we really can. We think the project won’t take as long or the cleaning of the house will be easier than it really is. Because of this, we need to start out conservatively until we get a better sense of what we can achieve in a day.
With this said, don’t get discouraged when you do over-plan for a day. It all is about practice and with time and practice, you will get better at planning.
Another area where those that succeed excel at are making the right choices or knowing the costs of their choices. This is known as opportunity cost. Whenever you make a decision in life, you are deciding to give something up in order to get something else. For example, if you choose to stay late at work to get ahead, you might be doing so while giving up time at the gym.
The people that are successful in life know the costs of their decisions and make the best decisions based on their goals and values. The people that are not successful in life don’t understand their goals or what is important to them. They instead make decisions based on emotions and end up regretting those decisions later.
How To Overcome This: Understand what your goals in life are as well as what your values are. Remember that we all define success in a different way. So for one person, success could be a rewarding career. Because of this, he will stay late at the office and sacrifice going to they gym or spending more time with his family.
Another person may vale a strong marriage, so he might leave work on time so that he can spend the most time with his family. Neither one is right or wrong. It’s all personal.
So take the time to figure out what is most important to you and be willing to give up the other things in life so you can spend more time doing and achieving what is most important to you.
The final mistake many people make is taking a negative attitude when problems present themselves. In life, it will never always be sunshine and rainbows. On any given day, there are numerous problems that are going to present themselves. The key to being successful is learning how to deal with them.
How To Overcome This: The first step in being successful with solving problems is to keep a positive attitude. Remember, problems will always be in your life, so you are better off accepting that fact and rolling with the punches rather and getting down in the dumps when they come. Harnessing this power within yourself will allow you to see the greatest change in the shortest amount of time.
If you can overcome these common mistakes and harness the power within yourself, you will become more successful in life. Understand though that making these changes won’t happen overnight nor will you be an expert at any of them any time soon. They will all take work and time for you to master. But as long as you can improve a little bit each day, you will be on the road to success and will see a change for the better as time goes by.
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Hi, my name is Don and I run Breath of Optimism. This site is here to help you stay positive and become the best you can be. We only get one shot at life, so we might as well make the most of it.