Too much thinking can sometimes get in the way of unlocking your potential. Everyone is deserving of realizing their full potential. To do this though, you must love yourself. Loving yourself means accepting yourself as you are and coming to terms with aspects of yourself that you cannot change. Loving yourself brings the ability to feel confident, joyful and fulfilled. Below you will find tips on how to love yourself and unlock your full potential with planning and practice. 

Think About Yourself

To realize your full potential, you must determine your core values. Your core values are the things that shape how you view yourself, others, and the world around you.  Life is more meaningful when you live it with the values that are most important to you. To determine your core values, ask yourself these questions:

  • Think of people you admire. What is it you admire about them? Why? How do you take what you adore from them and bring it to your own life?

  • Think about a time in your life you felt fulfilled or satisfied. Why did you feel that way at that time?

  • If you could change something in your community, what would you change and why?

  • What are three items you would rescue from your home if it were on fire (family and pets are safe) and why?

Study Your Responses

Look through the answers to your above questions to study your responses and see if any themes or patterns jump out at you. For example, you might admire a father’s work ethic and your mother’s selflessness. Items you would save from a fire are family heirlooms and photos, and these answers would suggest that you value relationships and your family. Values are your own and no one has right or wrong values. It’s what makes us unique as people. 

Examine Areas Not Consistent with Your Values

If you are having trouble or don’t feel like you are living up to your full potential, it could be because you are not aligning correctly with your core values. Think about areas in your life that are not consistent with your values and identify areas that you can change. 

Picture what Realizing Your Full Potential Looks Like

When you have identified your core values and what areas you want to develop on, envision what unlocking your full potential will look like. Do you need to focus on personal potential in your relationships? Or reaching more success in your career? As your values are identified, this is when you can decide what the future will look like. For example, if you value family, but are in a career that demands a lot and keeps you away from family, it might mean finding a job that allows you to spend time with your family. 

Imagine the Person You Want to Be

It is necessary to have a sense of what your potential means to you. To do this imagine if you had the power to make your dreams for the future come true, what does that future look like? Visualize the person you want to be and who you want to be around in the future. Visualize the steps to get to that person. Visualizing helps you unlock the potential for a fulfilling life. 

Be Patient with Yourself

It takes time to achieve your full potential, so you need to be kind and patient with yourself. Along the way, acknowledge your skills and strengths, as well as areas that need growth, but by kind and recognizing the efforts you make each day, you bring yourself one step closer to reaching your full potential. 

Final Thoughts

Unlocking your full potential is doable with the planning and practice above, but it is necessary to remember to enjoy your life and look for bright moments that bring you joy, that can hold you up when you are going through harder times. The first step is realizing that you aren’t living up to your potential and taking action to make those improvements. 

 

Published by Samantha Brown