Have you ever thought to yourself “I want to do better”.. When you’re at home, in your car or at work and you begin to daydream about who you’d like yourself to be… Who do you see? Some people might call that idea a “Potential Self” but how do you reach her? And what happens after you
decided to tap into that potential?
We have added 8 things you can do to reach to her.
You have now made the decision to be the “best you” you can be but, do you know who current you is?
The first step in attaining change is understanding what is it you want to change.
The Harvard business review states that “in order to do that, you must step back and reassess your career/life —starting with the recognition that managing it is your responsibility.” You have more control over your life than you think. Too many people feel like victims in their careers/life, when in fact they have a substantial degree of control. Gaining control requires you to take a fresh look at your behavior in three main areas: knowing yourself, excelling at critical tasks, and demonstrating character and leadership.
In order to evaluate yourself, you must assess your strengths and weaknesses. Do this by writing them down. Asking your friends, your colleagues, your staff. Once you know these things you will be able to tap into them and seek the right resources to help you reach your potential.
Create a Routine
This might be difficult for the modern day superwoman but creating a routine allows you to produce more “focus” and “flow” in your life. If you’re anything like me you might think to yourself, “There are only 24 hours in a day. I can’t accomplish everything” and to be honest that’s the point. Rome was not built in a day. Creating a routine allows us to build upon “Rome” one day at a time.
Tap into the “ Power of Now”
There was a point in my life I was never really present. Physically, I attended events, spoke to friends and family, went to work but always with the future on my mind. I filled my days with thoughts like “ I can’t wait till..” Although I saw nothing wrong with visualizing my future, during that period I created mental lapses in my thought process where I didn’t learn anything new nor did I enjoy anything I did because I wasn’t fully engaged in the present moment.
The error in my constant “future visualizing” is that only the present allows us to be focused and productive. With that being said, stop and be in the moment — tap into the power of now. It provides so much clarity to simply work on who you are becoming in the moment. When you live in the moment, it not only brings energy but conserves the one which you would be using on an event that hasn’t happened otherwise so relax and enjoy the now. Your future you will thank you.
I know. I know. You’re thinking to yourself what?
If you’re anything like me, a busy working bee, food is the last thing on your mind. However, because food isn’t on your mind, you might eat all you come into contact with which is bad when trying to create better habits. A recent article from Lifehack.com recommends “thoughtful eating”.
Eat what fills the head and the stomach.
This essentially means eat what is good for your brain and your body.
When you approach food, start thinking about “usability” and pick ones which you can use the most. High fiber and protein-packed food will fill your stomach but your brain as well and you won’t be tired after it.
When we eat foods with high “usability” (i.e salmon, walnuts and blueberries) this sustains our bodies longer and allows us to use more time focusing and less time eating.
All of this leads you to be a more productive you.
A huge part in building success is doing it in your time and your way. Taking breaks allows us to reflect and recharge.
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
If there is one thing all of the greatest have in common it is that they read- often. More often than not we underestimate the power of reading. Reading opens your mind to different viewpoints, allows you to explore more things and psychologically trains your brain to focus longer. Whether it be the advertisements on the train, the agreement on your latest iPhone update or the contracts you sign in person, reading, fundamentally influences your life and the choices you make.
When you read you not only engage with the literature in front of you but worlds you never quite imagined. So read more and often. Your future you will thank you. Trust me.
What if I told you that by writing three goals a day on a piece of paper in the morning for six months your life would change drastically? Would you believe me? No?
Studies have shown writing out our goals has a tremendous impact on reminding us of them and accomplishing them. You already have 1001 things running through mind why not make space mentally by writing them down?
Further, an article from girlboss.com recently shared that “doing a brain dump early in the morning helps clear your mind in a stress-free way”
Mental clarity allows you to be more proactive in approaching your goals and bettering yourself.
Don’t worry about it sounding or looking perfect. The idea is to get all your random, haphazard thoughts on to a piece of paper.
Evaluate your relationships
Relationships are an integral part in developing ourselves. A wise man once said, “You are an average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
If you are striving to reach your potential, are you also spending time with people who hope to do the same for themselves? These are questions we must ask ourselves.
Develop relationships that will challenge you and mold you into the individual you will like to be. Remember, you are who your friends are.