Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell

To succeed at life and feel happy, it’s essential that we connect with our true purpose: our potential in life. This is different for everybody, and from a personal or career perspective, when you live up to your potential, you will see your life change and transform. Suddenly the things you wanted move closer and the negative feelings of frustration begin to melt away.


But how do we know if we are really living up to our potential? What does success look like? Below are a series of questions to ask yourself, to help you to identify what it is that you should be focusing on, what you need to change and the next steps to take on your personal journey.

Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
If you want to reach your own level of personal excellence, ask yourself the 7 questions below and aim to unlock your true potential.


Do you wake up excited about the day?

When you get out of bed in the morning, what is the first thing you feel? Are you excited about the possibilities that lie ahead or are you filled with dread or apathy? If you persistently wake up with a nagging feeling that “all is not well” then this is a sure sign that you may not be living up to your full potential.

Even though this may feel like a negative realisation, it’s feeling like this that can ultimately lead us to our full potential. You are human, and therefore you will have good and bad days, successes and failures, joys and tragedies. However, if you always seem to have to drag yourself out of bed and into the day – this could be a sure sign that your life could benefit from some reshaping.

Are you surrounded by inspiring people?

Those you work with, your family and your friends will, in part, shape who you are and what your life will be like. Aim to limit your time with those that bring you down, those that snuff out your inner candle, those that criticise, blame or harass you.

Actively spend time with people that inspire you, that raise you up. Make time to connect with people from different age groups and cultures; spend time with children and older people. If you find that those around you are a source of inspiration and motivation, then this is a sign that you are living up to your full potential.

Have you got lots of energy?

How do you feel inside? Do you constantly feel sluggish, worn down, run down and tired? Do you struggle to wake up in the morning and have trouble falling asleep at night? Are you stressed out, overweight and unhealthy? These could be signs that your body is giving you that you are not living up to your full potential.
Change is possible. Start small and focus on treating yourself well. Don’t deny yourself anything – if you have a problem with overeating, smoking or drinking too much, then treat yourself gently and eliminate bad habits gradually over time. When your body is running on all cylinders, it’s a sign that things are on track.

Do you trust people?

To a certain extent, you need to be able to rely on the people in your life. If you feel that you can’t, won’t or don’t, then this could be a sign that you are not reaching your full potential. Aim to repair the relationships you have with others and address your own personal issues of trust.
American moral and social philosopher, Eric Hoffer has said, “Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.” If this describes you and your attitude to the world, then you need to readdress your priorities and bring them closer in line with your day-to-day activities.


Are you living up to your core values?


What really matters to you, what are you most passionate about? In your working life, are your morals and ethics compromised? Do you feel that you have to constantly live up to the expectations of others? Our core values shape who we are and what we become.
Have you forgotten the values that you placed importance on as a teenager or younger person? Sometimes, when we drift into a career we can forget what lights the fire under us and makes us passionate. If your job compromises your morals then it may be time to reassess your career as a matter of urgency.


Do you have goals?


Goals are important when living up to your full potential. You should have a variety of goals, from the small (I’d like to visit Tasmania) to the large (I’d like to start my own business). Keep a constant check on how you’re tracking with your goals. Write a list and keep it somewhere you’ll see it often.
Setting a timeframe can be a good tactic to help you achieve your goals. Give yourself a reasonable deadline, but make sure you aren’t wishy-washy when it comes to setting goals. Give yourself a firm date and plan to get there, no matter what.

Do you feel positive about the future?

When we feel positive about our future, it’s a sure sign that we are living up to our potential. Even if you don’t know exactly what the future will bring, if you’re overpowered by an impending sense of doom, it’s a sign that you need to re-evaluate your priorities.
When you’re living up to your full potential, your future will seem bright and your goals will seem achievable. Try to welcome more positivity into your life and actively aim to think good thoughts and act out good deeds, however small they are. To truly succeed at life and feel happy, it’s essential that you feel a sense of positivity about the future. Remember that tomorrow is a new day, and each day brings with it the opportunity to change, grow and develop as an employee and person.

TWEETS


Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell #1: Do you wake up excited about the day?
Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell #2: Are you surrounded by inspiring people?
Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell #3: Have you got lots of energy?
Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell #4: Do you trust people, or not? Trust is important for growth.
Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell #5: Are you living up to your core values at work and at home?
Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell #6: Do you set and keep your goals? Make sure you track them.
Are you truly living up to your potential? Here’s how to tell #7: Do you feel positive about the future, when you don’t know what it holds?