The two keys to unlock your success
Getting what you want out of life can depend on several factors, but these two keys can not be ignored. In fact these two keys require only your effort and everything out of your control is just that, “out of your control.”
Here are your two keys:
Gain and develop a mental picture. -
If your goals is to compete in a spartan race, envision your training regimen. Envision yourself performing during the event. Envision what you want the outcome to be. Gain or obtain a mental picture of your success. This takes effort, conscious effort. I compare this to building a brand new home, you need to dig in the soil to lay a foundation and most of this time this is where most of the work happens. Moving soil and obstacles that can hinder your process. When you have gained this mental picture and it is becoming clear what you are after, strengthen this by developing this. Develop a mental picture of what the win looks like and be able to articulate it well. Development is a constant effort over time, keeping this image in your mind daily is a win. The best athletes in the world are experts at this. If the goal is to build your company into the best place to work in your area, what does that look like? Who will be on the team? What will the culture feel like? What will competitors say about you? Develop the mental picture.
Work hard and persevere.-
As much as we may all like to believe it, achieving lofty goals takes a ton of hard work and perseverance. Having a vision is just the first step. Longterm planning benefits temporarily, but everyday action will win always. Success can be defined in many ways. But successful people have not been handed more opportunities than the rest of us. Hard work breeds opportunity. And then even more hard work is required to turn that opportunity into something great. Have vision, work hard and never be out of the fight.
I urge you use these keys today,
I’ve always wanted to reach my full potential and abilities. Although I’ve had success, I don’t think that I’ve created super extraordinary levels of success quite yet, nor do I believe I have tapped into my full potential. Other people can judge me, but I know my true potential and whether I’m living up to it.
Don’t let anyone else judge your success. If you don’t consider it your duty — your obligation — to live up to your potential, then you will live a life far short of what you are capable of.
I want to tell you about four changes that can be made to reach your highest potential:
1. Write down your goals.
Youset these goals. Don’t let anybody else tell you what your goals should be. Think of success like breathing air; your last breath is important, but it’s your next breath that’s vital. Goals keep you focused on what’s next, and writing them down keeps you on track.
2. Choose things just out of reach.
Don’t just think about what is “realistic.” The problem with realistic thinking is that it’s usually based on what others think is possible. They don’t know your potential. Whenever you start a task with a mind toward the potential outcome, you will limit the actions required to accomplish that goal.
3. Take massive action.
Never do anything normal. Take massive action until one day it is no longer an unusual activity but a habit for you. People will ask you: “Why are you still out this late?” “What are you doing calling on a Saturday?” “You never quit, do you?” And even “What are you on?” Big goals require big actions. Reaching your full potential requires massive actions.
4. Stay persistent.
How do you get a nail in a wall? You hit it over and over and over. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The ability to persist on your path regardless of setbacks, unexpected events, bad news and resistance — to continue firmly in your purpose in spite of conditions — is a trait common to those who make it. Reaching your potential requires you to be persistent; there are no quitters here.
How much success have you accumulated in your life? Whatever level you have attained, you can do more. Never limit your potential success and never limit what you will do to create and keep that success. Have monster goals and attack them hard. Remember that people who are highly successful — in both their professional and personal lives — continue to work, produce and create long after they’ve flourished.
When it comes to your career, never work for your quota; work to your potential.
When it comes to your career, never work for your quota; work to your potential. Working for your potential will keep you highly motivated. This also ties into your ethical obligation. You know what you’re capable of, not others. Quotas are numbers made up by others for you to hit. How did they come up with that quota? Don’t operate by what others think is possible.
Understand also that you will not reach your full potential without increasing your knowledge. You must train and invest in yourself to make yourself better. LeBron James is trying to reach his full potential as a basketball player because he trains daily. Anything you want to flourish in will require you to put in time and energy.
You also can’t reach your full potential holding on to where you are. Start writing your goals down each day. Choose things just out of reach. And take massive actions to hit them.
Let Us Define: You use potential to say that someone or something is capable of developing into the particular kind of person or thing mentioned. ... If you say that someone or something has potential, you mean that they have the necessary abilities or qualities to become successful or useful in the future.
Have you ever been told “you’ve got so much potential?” I have. Plenty of times.
At first it feels like a compliment. It feels like there’s someone else that recognizes something in you that you can’t see in yourself.
It can feel nurturing and make you want to lift your game.
But there’s a downside because being told you have potential implies that you could be more than you are today.
You’re not as good as you could be. Not today anyway. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.
Being told you have potential can set up a lack of self-belief that sounds like this: “If I have so much potential, why is it that I’m not doing better? There must be something wrong with me, why is it o hard to tap into it?”
So, before you tell your kids, players or colleagues they have potential, ask yourself what you mean by the word potential. Instead of using such a vague term, get specific. And be clear about what it is that you’re attempting to achieve.
Are you trying to highlight the gap between your expectations and their performance? If so, say something like this discouraging statement.
“John, your sales target was $100,000 for he month and you achieved $70,000. This isn’t acceptable. Why do you think you missed the target?”
Let me hear the boo’s on that one!
If you are trying to be encouraging? Mention something specific they’ve done well.
“John, I was listening to the way you handled the call to Mrs Jones. You showed a great deal of empathy and your use of questions resulted in a sales appointment. Well done.”
Are you trying to get them to improve their performance? Highlight one of their wins then ask them what they learned and how they could have done it even better.
“John, you wrote over your sale target last month. That’s a great result. Tell me, what do you think lead to this result? What will you do next month to build on that performance?”
Helping people in this way gets them to take ownership of their current reality. It then puts them in control of creating a roadmap for their own personal growth and success.
Food for thought - Coach Milton
Why paving a clear path enhances your potential:
CLARITY- The state of being clear, easily seen
Just for a moment take a deep breathe and think the word clarity, matter of fact repeat the word over and over in your mind , then repeat the word audibly out loud. If you took this exercise seriously, you may have experienced a couple of things; calmness, peace, maybe solutions, even possibly some direction. What I am trying to to get you to do is take a moment and think. “Thinking for a change,” as John Maxwell so brilliantly wrote.
This is where the struggle lies in our lives in our mind a battle rages, the noise or distractions that come against us and in us so regularly through out the day are deafening. Think about the noise from work, the noise from family, the noise from business, the noise from yourself. All of these things lead to a lack of clarity. Allow me to share a few key principles to help with clarity factor-
THE CLARITY FACTOR
b. Who in my life brings me closer to my potential?
c. Where in my current environment can I use my strengths?
d. How can I be truthful daily to myself?
2. TRUTH- a sense of truth, authenticity, integrity in your life brings tremendous clarity. This looks like being a person of your word, doing what you say you will do, work to be yourself and not someone else, evaluate your dreams and make sure its truly what you want and not borrowing them from others. Be true to yourself , so you can be true to others.
A man with integrity , walks securely (clarity)
3. INTEGRITY — the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. Integrity paves the way for your potential like no other quality. This integrity is sticking to the values you place on yourself others and the world you live in. When you violate these principle values , you know the integrity has been compromised.
Paving a clear path most certainly enhances your potential. My desire is to maximize your potential and help you to connect to what is the better part of you.
3 Ingredients Your Potential Will Need
A major factor that inhibits so many people from achieving the success that they desire in life and business is thinking that there is no more capacity for growth or improvement. This thinking alone can do more damage than economic downtimes, loss of work, lack of employment and many other circumstances.
Here are Three Ingredients Your Potential Needs:
1. Mind: Change your thinking.
I put this as number one because if your thinking doesn’t change, then nothing else will ever change. If you’re not happy with where you’re at in life right now, the first place that needs a checkup is the quality of your thoughts.
The men and women that never tap into their full potential during their time here on earth usually possess a major thinking deficiency. Not only do they lack the quality of thoughts that it takes to become all that they can be in life, but they also completely neglect the importance of mindset development and how vital it is to treat the mind like a gold mine.
Each of us has genius within, but whether that genius is cultivated comes down to what takes place on a daily basis from the neck up. The first step towards building a bigger future and maximizing your potential is to never limit what’s possible. People’s thinking and mindset get in the way of greatness more than anything else. If you want to change your life, first change your thinking.
2. Wisdom: Chase After Knowledge and Understanding.
Don’t be like most people. Most people stop learning the second they are finished with a formal education. Most people don’t have a personal-growth plan to how and when they are going to grow each month. Most people get stuck in their old ways and will continue to get the same results over and over again until their time is over. This is a recipe for regret.
If you’re serious about maximizing your potential and becoming all that you can be, devote yourself to becoming a lifelong learner.
Read great books in your field or out of your field, listen to audiobooks while in the car (create a university on wheels), enroll in online classes (youtube is a start) and constantly search for ways to expand who you are as a person. Becoming a lifelong learner is one of the best decisions that you can ever make. Thinking you know it all or that there isn’t any room for growth is a major barrier that will forever trap you in the current space that you are operating out of. Learning Is ForEver (L.I.F.E.)
Those who truly believe they have reached their capacity in life and as a person never take the time to invest back in themselves and become lifelong learners. Don’t let that be you.
3. Association: Connect with a Community of Winners.
Great organizations and the leaders within those organizations understand that people matter. A great CEO knows that his or her organization can only become great if the employees of that organization are striving, growing and looking for ways to become great as well.
The same thing applies to your life as well. We as people can only become as great as the people around us. A surefire way to maximize your potential is to associate and be around winners — the men and women who are doing it at a level that you aspire to operate out of.
I encourage you to create a list of the men and women who are on your personal team. Next to each name, write down whether that person is really helping you to grow and get to where you ultimately want to go.
A lot of us, including myself, get so caught up in our hectic schedules without ever analyzing our inner circles. If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one or a few people who no longer serve your greater good. Building a winning team around you is an absolute must if you are going to maximize your potential and become an uncommon achiever.
When we stop looking and searching for ways to grow, that’s when our potential and achievement levels become stagnant. If you want a little extra sweetness for your potential , use this top secret ingredient. Are you ready?
Add in your day some time where there is no friction for your potential-
What do I mean? I am saying that the day presents itself with many opportunities for friction, friction looks like when we are not operating in our talents, abilities or strengths. Your potential is your capacity and each of us were given by God certain talents that when used consistently in action create a flow to our lives.
I pray this encourages you today- Coach Milton
Milton is genuine, persistent, and sincere. There are very few things that detract Milton from his pursuit of what he believes in. His attitude is fantastic and professionalism top notch. -
International speaker, creator of Maximizing Moments with Milton and the Author of Your Purpose, Your App -How to Stop Drifting and Start Living.