It is one of my all-time favorite passions – helping people grow into their potential. You see, most of us never take the time (or get the help we need) to dig deep enough to find what our true gifts are. And so we go through life with this feeling of “lack of purpose”. That feeling is very often an indicator that we are not living up to our potential.
Growing into your potential is a process, and here are some key things to remember.
1. The past does not represent the future. Do you have old baggage – old failures – that are bringing you down? It is time to cut them loose – you have the power to do that. And, in fact, you must do that in order to move forward. So many people spend their lives looking at the scars of the past instead of moving on with what could be a wonderful and fulfilling life.
2. Remember the seed. You may not see the oak tree in the acorn seed…but it is there. With nurturing and the right environment, it will grow strong and tall. And it will eventually provide shade for others and bear fruit of its own.
3. Find your strength. Don’t look with envy at other peoples’ strengths. Never think that your strengths are not as important – they absolutely are. Your strengths can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life. It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, a scientist or a big-name speaker. Your strength is needed in the world.
4. Focus on one main goal. Beware of shiny object syndrome, especially if you are “I-wired”. Know your strengths and apply your strengths in a very focused fashion. It is better to reach one goal than to chase a million and never accomplish any.
5. Look for continuous improvement. Allow yourself to use the failures or the things that you think fell short to springboard you into doing the next best job. Life is a continual learning process, and as much as we don’t like it, the most important lessons come from failure. When you fail, stop, assess, recalibrate, and move on in a stronger fashion.
6. Build an inner circle. Capture folks that can help speak into your life in the area or areas that you need to grow. This is the value of our Strength Leader Inner Circle Group – these are folks who are walking the journey together, holding each other accountable, and encouraging each other along the way. Together, they are accomplishing more than they could each accomplish individually. We all need an inner circle of strong supporters.
I hope you can join us for the Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn webcast this evening! Details here: http://www.strengthleader.com/sometimes-you-win-sometimes-you-learn/ . Register now to receive call details.