Updated: Nov 7, 2020
“You can either be your greatest advocate or your own worst enemy.”
Self-help books have been trying to guide women into finding their own power, discovering their own passion, and unlocking their hidden potential for decades. We are told that with just the right set of worksheets, or just enough conferences, or with a dash more open mindedness, every woman can unleash the fury that has been buried deep within her. The notion that within every woman lies an untapped reservoir of budding potential can seem terribly hokey on the surface, but when delved into can reveal a stunning revelation:
The self-help books are right.
For centuries, women have been pigeonholed into a concrete and finite existence. For the majority of existence, women have been groomed to believe they are subservient, weaker, and less capable than their male counterparts. Centuries of gas lighting have left many women inherently doubting their own ability.
Your Potential Is There.
The good news is that your potential is there. It doesn’t need to be unlocked. It doesn’t need to be uncovered or discovered. It. Is. There. Now. Your potential has been with you your entire life, and it is ready to use right now.
Your potential does, however, need some guidance and some attention. Potential that goes unmonitored can lay dormant and become stagnant if you’re not careful. The potential never disappears and it is never wasted, but it can take naps. Here are four quick tips to keep your potential awake, alert, and ready to go:
1. Assess Your Priorities
What are you doing right now? How is it serving you? If it isn’t serving you, what is it denying you? Align your priorities with your goal and remove any detractors from your path.
2. Understand Your Blindspots
This can be tricky, because blind spots are traditionally, well, blind to you. Take time to understand your weaknesses and create a plan to work around or with those roadblocks. Don’t know what your blind spots are? Find a trusted friend or colleague and be ready to hear things that will make you uncomfortable. Once you understand where you struggle, you can pivot and work around those potential potholes.
3. Define What Success Is
Is success closing that big deal and still getting to tuck your daughter in to bed? Is success hanging out on the beach with a cold drink after a successful presentation? Is it your beautiful corner office? Is it an advance degree? What does success look like to you? Understanding what success is for you and you alone will keep your potential bubbling and bursting.
4. Remind Yourself
Remind yourself why you started on the path you’re on. Why did you start your business? Why did you seek that promotion? Why do you want that sales goal? Remind yourself why you started on the path you have and what you’ve done to see those dreams come to fruition.
You don’t need a book to give you permission to seek out your personal potential. Your potential doesn’t need to be discovered or unlocked, but simply tended to. Embrace the potential you already possess and obtain the success that you’ve always dreamed about.
Your time for personal revolution is now: Are you able, ready, and willing to seize it?
Until then, Be Limitless and Discover Your Next.
What’s Your Next?