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November 22, 2013

Daily Read – Potential.

Success is not about meeting someone else’s definition, but reaching your potential by defining success in your own terms. Charging down the wrong path, one defined by others, will leave us dissatisfied and disappointed. Each of us is unique and brings distinctive skills and qualities to any situation. Each of us excels at certain activities. So why is it that most of us fail to spend sufficient time learning to understand ourselves and creating our own definition of success? The truth is, it can seem so natural and so much easier to just do what everyone else is doing—for now—leaving it for later to develop our best selves and figure out our own unique path.  Here are 7 (simple) steps you can take to reach your potential…

#1. Reflect on your life.  Take about 20-30 minutes a day to: Think, Analyze, Consider, Ponder, Contemplate, Imagine, Visualize, and Dream. Think about your past, your present, and your future. Ask yourself questions like…What am I capable of? What are my strengths? Where do I want to be in 5 years, 10 years, 100 years? And so on.

#2. Become an Optimist. Every negative thought that you replay your mind is like an anchor holding you back. Inside every setback lies and opportunity. Always find the positive in every situation.

#3. Set a Goal. Goals give your life direction and purpose. Without them you’re just drifting through existence. Do something Bold! Set a lofty goal that stretches you outside your comfort zone.

#4. Define who your role models are. They can be in the flesh, on TV, or even audio books. Model yourself after them. Learn from them. If you don’t, you’ll pick up bad habits from all the wrong people.

#5. Be Grateful!  Being grateful invites even better things to come into your life.

#6. Become a lifelong learner. You don’t have to be in school to learn new things. Commit to learning something new every day.

#7. Embrace change! It’s impossible to reach your full potential if you’re not willing to change. Become dynamic, adaptive, evolving! Realize that change is good.

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