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Why is it that so many people fail to meet their full potential? How much have the rest of us missed out on because someone with fantastic potential for say, writing or painting or science, was not encouraged, felt it was not “their place” to push themselves forward ,or just felt the pressure of everyday living must take precedence over natural talent.

The aim of this article is to start you thinking about, who you are and what you expect from life, how you can improve your personal situation and contribute to others. Each one of us without exception has skills and talents that when exploited will enrich your life and the lives of others.

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Ask yourself what is it that is preventing you from achieving your dreams? One of the major factors for people not meeting their full potential is low self-esteem. In its simplest form low self-esteem is anything that makes you feel bad. Self doubt, rejection, unwarranted criticism.

Do not let events such as these eat away at you, focus on the great things about you and change what you don’t like. It doesn’t come cheap, you must be prepared to put in the effort, you must learn to accept and love the person you are but this must come from within yourself, you must create a strong foundation on which to build otherwise anything you do build will be susceptible to attack and weakening from external influences.

That said you must approach tasks with the attitude that you will succeed, have any other thoughts and you are going to fail because you will not give it 100% effort.

Consider Olympic athletes they have trained hard to reach the Olympic finals convinced that they are going to win if they had any other thoughts what would be the point of competing and all the blood, sweat and tears.

Building a bigger you.

Keeping an open positive mind is a major step toward your “new self” listen to what people have to say, have your own point of view and put it across, remember no one likes a “yes man or woman” not everyone will agree with you but that’s ok it would be a boring world if we all thought the same way.

I am sure you have heard the saying “you are what you eat” this also works for thought, “you are what you think” if you think positively you will act positively you will achieve so much more, your life will be so much more rewarding, you will have high self-esteem you will be a happier person.

This process can be made much more difficult than it needs to be if you associate with negative people, you may be working hard to see the positive side of life but if you have negative comments and vibes coming from left and right this will chip away at your resolve and pull you down, do not let this happen.

Feeling good about yourself is a sure fire way to attract other positive people to you, this results in you feeding off each others positive energy eliminating any lasting internal negative energy you may have and making it harder for external negative energy to chink your amour. A quote I once heard puts it all in perspective unfortunately I don’t know the author.

“You were not born a winner you were not born a loser you are what you make yourself be.” There is no doubt that is a fact.

Stand up to your demons.

We all have issues that we are apprehensive or fearful of, work to defeat them do not just try to brush them under the carpet, all that will happen is that every so often out they will pop and will scratch away at your confidence don’t let it happen, it may not be easy but when you have successfully crushed them, wow what a big hit you will get, your self-esteem will skyrocket and will be fit to burst.

Take a few minutes to sit somewhere quietly list the thing or things that are bothering you, these are obviously the negatives, on the other side of the page list the positives, list all the things you like about your self, that includes things like your sense of humour or your hair anything, you are forming a balanced view of your self.

Take a little time to form a strategy to work your way around problems. Don’t suffer in silence if something is troubling you talk to someone about it, a fresh view is often all it takes.

If you find your strategy hasn’t worked do not give up go back to your list and look at it again workout where you fell down and try again. Never, never give up.


Try to learn a new skill every day no matter how small there is nothing like the act of learning to improve your self-esteem, how about learning a language at your local tech, it is amazing how much you can discover about your own language by learning someone else’s it could do wonders for your career and you can also show off on holiday.

What were you like at maths at school? I was hopeless how about a basic maths evening class you will be amazed at the mixed age range of students there.

Have the confidence to have a go if you don’t try how will you ever know?

Be organised.

Write a list of the tasks you need to do each day, put them in a descending scale of importance. There are always exceptions but for the majority of us the morning tends to be our most productive time, for that reason your list should be drawn up the evening before. Ensure that the items on your daily list are achievable.

Do your upmost to complete your list, but don’t become disheartened if you are unable to especially if doing so depends on the cooperation of other people whom may have other priorities.

Seeting goals

Setting goals is absolutely essential for the success of anything you do in life, self improvement is no exception; in fact self improvement is a goal in its own right.

Write your goals down don’t have vague statements such as I want more money or I want a big house, most of us would like these things. Make a statement like by the 31st December 2009 I will have £100,000 a year clear income going in to my bank account. Describe the steps you are going to take to get to this point, such as creating a multi income stream internet business and so on.

If you are not specific about your goals and how you intend to achieve them how will you know when you have reached them? So you see “more money” how much is that?

Ensure your goals are realistic if you feel they are always going to be out of reach you will become frustrated and the chances are you will fail. Goals are intended as stepping stones not stumbling blocks, got to step one? Fantastic now strive to reach step two.

Your goals must excite and inspire you, make your statement personal write about yourself, how you are going to achieve your goals, what you are going to get from them. Make it a statement of success, start it “This is the day I changed my life and became the person I have always wanted to be.”

Put your statement somewhere you can readily see it, not tucked away in a draw. Read it at the start and end of each and every day. Remember what you focus on expands.

Enjoy life

This is incredibly important.What is the point of working hard and not playing hard? To complete your transition to a fulfilled and contented person you have to enjoy all that you involve yourself in. Success is a wonderful stimulant, be good at what you do learn to accept compliments they work for both the receiver and giver.

Take time to laugh, surround yourself with fun people. Appreciate beauty, we become accustomed to seeing the same things each day and because of that we take the beauty before us for granted, take a little time out and just look around you the simple things in life are often the most precious.

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