Unleashing Your True Potential (Part 2): Set Goals

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~ Michelangelo

 

I was never a big fan of setting goals. Oh sure, I would spend New Year’s Day writing out a long list of things that I wanted to accomplish during the course of the year. Then six months later, I would find the list and realize that I had not crossed off one single thing. I guess I never really made goal setting a priority in my life because I assumed I would not reach them and that would make me a failure. But the truth is I was failure for NOT setting goals and sticking to them. I was setting myself up to fall short time and time again by never striving to better myself. I was not motivating myself to live up to my TRUE potential in life. I was fine just standing on the sidelines letting life pass me by.

Until one day. One day, I realized that I am better than a bystander to my own life. It was time to get out and live it. It was time to set some goals. Then it was time to crush them.  And now it’s time for you to do the same.

The most important thing to remember when you sit down to set your goals is to keep in mind that these goals must align with your core values. What are the things that are most important to YOU? Spending more time with your family? Getting out of debt? Being a successful business woman? Whatever goals you set for yourself should be paving the way to accomplishing the things that matter most in your life. It is also imperative to keep in mind that these are your priorities – no one else’s. You will never truly be happy trying to accomplish a life that you are trying to live for someone else.

Keep in mind that your goals should be attainable as well. Set short term goals that will set you up for long term success. Make weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual goals and sit down to reevaluate them as needed. Are you goals still in line with your priorities? Are you still focused on the things that truly matter? If not, it is time to set new ones.

For me, goal setting has been the key to giving me the drive I needed to succeed. Once I sat down and made a list of the things I needed to accomplish in order to live out my purpose and maximize my true potential, I was filled with motivation to keep going. Once I accomplish one task, I cross it off and move on to another. I keep my list posted where I can see it daily to remind myself that I am striving for something more. I continue to dream big because I know that the possibilities are endless. I may not reach a certain goal within a certain timeframe, but that no longer makes me a failure. It pushes me to try harder, go farther, and unleash my true potential.

I encourage you to sit down sometime this week and write out your list of goals. It is never too late to start becoming who you were meant to be – to reach your TRUE potential.

Unleashing Your True Potential (Part 1): Take Risks

“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.”
― Tim Fargo

 

My personal story looks a little bit different from the typical entrepreneur. How?  Have you ever heard of a successful female working professional that started out with absolutely zero ambition?

Up until a few years ago, that was me. I wanted nothing more than to graduate high school, get married, start a family, and be a stay-at-home mom. Now, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with wanting those things. I just wanted them because I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and that was the “safe” choice. That choice would not force me to put in any hard work. I would not have to chase crazy dreams. I would not have to face the fact that I may fail. For an introvert like me, this seemed like the road that would lead to the happiest destination.

By the time graduation came, I was not dating anyone seriously enough to marry, so college was my next best option. I started taking business courses, even though I STILL was not certain what I wanted to do with my life. I felt as if I was just wondering aimlessly. Not knowing my real purpose and continuing to “play it safe” in my decision-making for my life made it incredibly hard to focus in on finding my true calling.

A few years later after graduating with an accounting degree, I came across an opportunity to combine my love of fitness with my knowledge of business. I had no idea if it would work. I was honestly skeptical. I was relatively shy, afraid of rejection, worried about the opinion of others, concerned about making an investment into something that was not a “sure thing,” scared that I did not have enough knowledge to hold my own, and terrified that coming out of my comfort zone would result in yet another failed attempt at living out my purpose.

But I did it anyway.

You see, who you are tomorrow truly starts with the decisions you make today. Had I not taken the risk to invest in myself and realize just how much I am capable of doing, I would not have a viable health and wellness business today. I would not have met some of my BEST friends. I would not have made an impact on the lives of others by helping them reach their true potential. Taking a risk is scary. Not taking it is even scarier. Are you prepared to live with the “what ifs?” Imagine the possibilities when you step out on faith and see just what you can do. Find that confidence. Unleash your TRUE potential.

 

The greater the risk, the sweeter the reward.