Do you ever feel that you are not fulfilling your true potential? Are there things about your lifestyle, choices or experience that may be holding you back? Our environment is made up of surroundings and influences that are familiar to us. Sometimes, if we are in a familiar environment, we get too comfortable and we stop challenging ourselves.
Do you ever feel that you are not fulfilling your true potential? Are there things about your lifestyle, choices or experience that may be holding you back? Our environment is made up of surroundings and influences that are familiar to us. It is the place where we can be ourselves without really trying. It is also made up of our thoughts and behaviours – the habits of daily life.
Sometimes, if we are in a familiar environment, we get too comfortable and we stop challenging ourselves. There may be aspects of our environment that no longer support our needs. We may feel frustrated without necessarily realising why. That’s when we need to take stock and decide to stretch ourselves – to take steps to develop new skills or choose new challenges. The next level of success always will always lie slightly outside your current comfort zone.
Is your thinking stuck in a rut? Ask yourself whether there are attitudes and habits you need to change in order to transform your mind-set for success. Change starts by being honest with yourself - it is about revelation. If you can take stock and choose to re-skill, re-train or change those traits that are holding you back – you are well on the way to achieving the change you want.
Procrastination is the enemy of success and it likes company. If your first response is usually, ‘I’ll think about that’ or ‘I’ll do that later’, rather that setting goals or taking action, the danger here is that you start each activity with a delay. What you planned to do and what you actually do become two completely different things. Set your mental alarm clock to, ‘Wake up and do it!’ You will only achieve your aims if you keep on or ahead of your schedule.
As coaches, we know that asking questions is a powerful route to positive change. Ask others how they achieved their success. What was their mind-set? Did they have to let go of any attitudes or influences in order to stride forwards? What were their fears and how did they overcome them? Remaining curious will keep your mind receptive to new ideas, new ways of thinking and ready for success.
Sometimes, others’ success can have a restricting effect on our own ambitions. It may feel as if they have reached a place that has exceeded our own achievements. But other people’s success is simply an opportunity for you to succeed too. If you were learning a new sport you would copy the best technique. It is no different in life and business. Instead of feeling disheartened by those who have achieved more, or are better at what they do than you – model their approach.
A common feature of those who are at the top of their game in life is that they are always striving to improve – to do more and do it better. They usually feel they have more to achieve and more to learn. They like to exceed their personal best and to constantly push boundaries. The hunger for improvement will encourage you to always seek out those who know more than you.
Striving for success means getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable! An environment that is associated with successful outcomes and achievements can usually be unfamiliar territory and challenging. The more used to the discomfort you get – the greater your comfort zone of achievement eventually becomes – because fear and anxiety will no longer get in the way of you having a go.
Personal growth happens when we are being stretched slightly beyond our current level of ability. Creativity takes place where skills and challenge meet. The environment for success is a place of courage and bravery. And we all have more of those traits than we realise. Courage is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.
Often "being successful" can appear to be a double-edged sword. On one side, you crave success and you put a tremendous amount of effort into achieving success. On the other side there is the hidden inner fear which is being afraid of hitting success big time.
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