Potential is somewhere in the future, yet the only place we have any power is in the now.
When folks talk about reaching their full potential it’s always a self-judgment. It’s a judgment based on something they may have heard, or a comment that someone else made about them, that got stuck in their head.
When someone tells you, what he or she thinks would be good for you – it usually isn’t good for you.
Any mindset that passes judgment on unrealized performance, is likely to cause more stress and suffering than motivation to change.
In the process of career coaching I’ll often ask my clients to decide what they most want from a career change. When they say, “I want to live up to my full potential.” I dig deeper by asking.
If you lived up to your full potential what would be happening then that isn’t now?
Tell me the top three benefits of living up to your full potential.
What kind of a career would you be working in if you were living up to your full potential?
Full potential is an unreachable illusion. It’s a state of unrealized perfection that is not clearly defined.
Reaching full potential is like being all that you can be. Who could ever be that? Where would they find the time?
It’s funny, we hear folks all the time talk about reaching their full potential but how often have you heard someone say. “I’m done. I’ve reached my full potential.”
Reaching an undefined, full career potential, is impossible. Even if, at some future time, you reached your full potential, you wouldn’t know it or feel that you had.
However, full potential in present moment fulfillment and as a desired level of prosperity can be defined. Identify what that is for you and go for it.
There is nothing else that anyone wants for you other than for you to be you. Byron Katie
Byron Katie through her illuminating process The Work has helped thousands realize the crippling affects of believing false assumptions. Watch the short video below as she challenges the mindset of full potential.
If you want career clarity, then ask for an exploratory, career change, coaching session to challenge your limiting mindsets at CoreU Coaching.
Are you reaching for your full potential? How’s that going? What might you go for instead?