6 Reasons you're Not living to your full potential
For the most part if we were all completely honest with ourselves we could not say we were living the life of our dreams. However, the question here is why not? In a world where we can be anything and do anything why is it that we settle for mediocrity? Not living to our full potential is not only a disservice to yourself but also to the world.
As I have diligently researched why some people destroy obstacles boldly while others sit on the sidelines I have noticed something very important. Most of us feel that we DO have the potential to become more (which is a great observation) however we don’t understand how to activate our power.
So, in my quest to help you identify what’s holding you back here are the 6 reasons you are not living to your full potential and what to do to fix it.
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You Avoid Being Uncomfortable
My life drastically changed for the better when I realized that being comfortable actually keeps you from the goal.
Think about it. Why would anyone try to chase their dreams or live full out when they don’t have to.
This is exactly why you hear so many success stories come from those who had absolutely nothing. At the time it may not have seemed ideal however, having nothing was the catalyst for success. Being in a position of desperation or “nothing to lose” actually helps us become more resourceful and resilient.
Now if your back is not against the wall that is in no way a bad thing. Although, you must identify a want strong enough to push you to do the things you don’t want to do.
For me, it’s leaving a legacy for my family (especially my son)
What To Do:
Write a personal mission statement that will encourage you to focus. You can get a tutorial on how to do that HERE
How to get clear on your life purpose
Your belief system is skewed
Living to your full potential requires that you have an extraordinary belief system.
Growing your belief system consists of eliminating limiting beliefs you have placed upon yourself.
Sometimes you don’t even realize you have done it!
Here are some of the most common limiting beliefs
1. fear of success
2. fear of failure
3. fear we are not good enough to achieve what we want
4. fear of not being loved/being unlovable
5. fear of rejection – generally leading you to avoid relationships or people please
6. having negative attributes assigned to being rich/having money: For example, rich people are…
7. fear of greatness
8. we don’t deserve/we are not worthy of success
9. we have to work very hard, long hours for our money
10. others hold me back.
Any of these ring a bell? So how do you combat the limiting beliefs and begin to believe in your true potential?
What to Do:
1.) Write your limiting beliefs down-
Take some quiet time with yourself and discover what limiting beliefs have been affecting you. You can use the list above or add any other beliefs that you discover. (There are many limiting beliefs in addition to the list above)
2.) Acknowledge that these beliefs are not truths-
This is often the hardest step. “But, but, my limitations are real!” Here’s the place where choice comes in. Which are you more interested in: defending your limitations to the death or achieving your goals and desires?
3.) Try on a different belief-
Use your imagination and tie your beliefs to the things you truly want to attract into your life.The trick is to go beyond just saying it. You want to really step into this new belief and feel how it feels.
4.) Begin to take a different action-
This might seem scary at first but there is no attraction without action. Beginning anything new may seem uncomfortable at first but remember what I said about comfortability?
Six limiting beliefs and how to fix them
You lack confidence and self esteem
This is one of THE biggest keys to personal success. Although, too many times we put it to the wayside as an unimportant task.
Confidence and self-esteem are essential when you are on a journey to living to your full potential.
The reason for this is because true confidence is the ability to take action in the midst of how you feel AND in the midst of being fearful. The ability to do this is crucial to living to your full potential because it will require you to do things that push you into unknown territory.
Self-esteem, on the other hand, is what you believe about yourself as a person so if you don’t think you are worthy of the life you desire chances are you will be out of the game before you start.
This is why you must cultivate these skills while you are eliminating the things that are keeping you from living fully.
What To Do:
Consider taking an online course to develop your confidence and self-esteem. Level up Lady offers an amazing course for anyone looking yo truly grow thieir confidence and self esteem.
The opnions of others keep you from living to your full potential
Let me tell you a little secret… what others think has nothing to do with you.
Whew! Now that I got that off my chest you can understand why taking their opinions to the heart can keep you from living to your full potential.
Do you know what is absolutely amazing? The unique dreams, desires, and vision that was placed in your heart at birth were designed specifically for you.
Does that make you feel special? It should
That means that nobody in this world can do what you do, or be YOU.
So, then why would you even expect someone to understand the vision for your life.
It is like putting on someone else’s eyeglasses with their prescription and expecting to have 20/20 vision.
It makes no sense because those eyeglasses were not made for you.
One thing I have learned is that when you have desires, hopes, and dreams sometimes you have to protect them.
There may be situations where you cannot tell everyone what your goals are because their negative energy is not beneficial to the task at hand.
So, take what others say with a grain of salt, and if you continue to battle with the opinions of others try these action steps to help you stop the habit.
You listen to your inner critic
So, have you named her yet? I call my inner critic Bianca and let me tell you she knows exactly what to say and when to say it.
However, I have identified her and know exactly what her tactics are. She used to have a major effect on me but now I consider her an enemy that stays close.
So have you fallen into the trap of YOUR inner critic?
You know the one that always stops you while your ahead or tells you things like “You could never do that” or “That person excelled at XYZ because they have something you don’t.”
You know I am not exactly sure WHY our mind plays these games on us. However, when you realize that they are just that games you will not fall victim to the self-doubt trap.
One thing I know for sure is that self-doubt has killed more dreams than failure ever will. This is mainly due to the fact that self-doubt loves inaction while living to your full potential requires massive action.
Ok, so let’s learn how to fight back, and silence that inner critic
What To Do:
1.) Meditate to Become More Mindful
2.) Create a Silly Character to Imagine as Your Inner Critic
3.) Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
4.) Practice Self-compassion
5.) Start a Daily Self-gratitude Journaling Habit
You're not being honest with yourself
This one can be a tough pill to swallow. However, once you start to do it you will truly feel like you are living authentically.
Being honest with yourself is a great place to start when you’re on your quest to truly live fully.
When you identify what is holding you back and are ruthlessly honest with yourself that is when breakthroughs happen.
Giving yourself a break all the time, making excuses, and not calling yourself to the mat will not help you make effective change.
Now, I don’t mean that you need to beat yourself up every day. However, you do need to look yourself in the mirror and say these are the things that are holding me back from my true destiny.
Odds are you will not have to look far. Many times our conscience has told us what we need to do.
Although, if we have actually taken action on it or not is a whole other story.
So, today be honest with you. write down a list of all of the things you know are holding you back.
This can be anything for yourself, people, places, or environments.
Commit to not fall victim to these things anymore and make a choice to begin to set goals and hold yourself to it.
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We have identified some of the major reasons that could very well be the culprit of not living to your full potential.
Life is too short, and you are too amazing not to give the world what you have to offer so I truly hope the action steps above can help you change in a positive way.
What do you think is the biggest factor that is stopping you from living life to your personal fullest?
Let us know in the comment section below.
So Many Blessings,