Living up to your true potential provides a distinct sense of fulfillment, and according to Aristotle in his book The Nicomachean Ethics, we all have the potential for greatness.
Realizing that potential, he believes, is the key to living a truly happy and fulfilling life, even in your older years.
Nevertheless, fulfilling your true potential and being a high-performer is a matter of developing certain skills and mental traits.
So, without further ado, let’s have a look at what those traits and skills actually are, shall we?!
If you want to know what your true potential hides and how to get there, you must feel at ease with who and what you are. Don't pretend to be someone you're not and don't try to change yourself solely because others tell you to.
Instead, understand who you are and what you want to be… And if you don't know, you should find out by doing things and analyzing yourself and how you feel doing them… This is the essence of self-awareness!
Read, write, think, and speak. That is self-awareness: simply being aware of your thoughts and feelings. When you are self-aware, you automatically learn more about yourself.
It all starts with awareness. No awareness - No knowledge!
Perseverance is inferred from failing and rising again. You cannot become resilient if you do not commit mistakes.
Sometimes you work and you get nothing in return. For years, you work but do not see any outcomes. You get no acknowledgment, no money, and no rewards. But eventually, you start seeing the results you have long been waiting for. You get better at your job and get more confidence. You even start earning more.
If this sounds familiar, consider this - if you didn’t persevere, you would not get any of those things.
We've all felt a need to vent and express ourselves in an attempt to get our point across. Writing, on the other hand, can assist you in actually achieving this. When you write things down, you become more conscious of your choice of words.
This implies that your writing will be more insightful, concise, and elegant than your speech. Improved writing leads to improved thinking. Better thinking leads to improved communication. Better communication translates to improved career outcomes.
So write, write, write! Whether that means writing your goals and plans down, or simply doing creative writing.
Mindfulness is more about being a mindful person than it is about meditation, yoga, or Buddhism. A mindful person is in command of their emotions and thoughts. He/she is as solid as a rock. Someone on whom others can rely. However, achieving that inner peace takes a lot of practice.
You might think that you will never be able to fully master this skill. You can, however, improve your control over your thoughts by practicing.
The essence of the mindfulness practice lies in being able to recognize recurring patterns and taking conscious decisions at the moment of their occurrence, that is contrary to that automatic reaction.
It is important to understand that the more present you are, the more desire you have for improving your life. And you can improve your life by working on the things you like. Thinking about achieving your goals will not do anything real for you.
Evolve into a person who is productive every day. Don't continue to waste it by watching TV, hanging out with the wrong people, or engaging in any other mindless, mundane activities.
Make the most of your time.
Leadership is all about motivating people and helping them reach their full potential. This can be done by teaching others to have autonomy and focusing on themselves.
When you fix your own problems and become a strong person you can rely on, you help others more. When you are able to do this, you inspire others to do the same.
It is only the selfish and narcissistic people who want to make people dependent on them… Leaders believe otherwise!
If you’ve started doing something, do it to the best of your ability or don’t do it at all. That is the quickest way to realize your full potential and it's also the most difficult.
That, however, should come as no surprise to you. If you don't succeed the first time, learn from your mistakes and remember Henry Ford's words:
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”