How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

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This article was co-authored by Emily Silva Hockstra. Emily Silva Hockstra is a Certified Life Coach and Career Coach with over 10 years of coaching and management experience with various corporations. She specializes in career transitions, leadership development, and relationship management. Emily is also the author of “Moonlight Gratitude” and “Find Your Glow, Feed Your Soul: A Guide for Cultivating a Vibrant Life of Peace & Purpose.” She received her Spiritual Life Coaching certification from the Life Purpose Institute and a Reiki I Practitioner certification from Integrative Bodywork. She has a BA in History from California State University, Chico.

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Regardless of how old you are, where you live, or what your career goals are, it’s likely your ultimate goals in life are to be happy and successful. To be successful means more than just having money and making your mark. It means following your passions, living purposefully, and enjoying the present moment.

How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

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Career & Life Coach Expert Interview. 4 October 2018. In order to achieve your dreams and be the person you want to be, you will have to start paying attention to your actions. Ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing going to lead me to where I want to be in life?” [2] X Research source

  • If you find yourself constantly bored, daydreaming about the future or past or counting down the minutes until the day ends, it is probably because you feel disconnected from what you’re doing.
  • Cherish your time. [3] X Expert Source

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Career & Life Coach Expert Interview. 4 October 2018. Try to spend your free time doing things that you enjoy doing, rather than wasting time. For example, rather than spending your weekends watching television, spend them partaking in your hobbies or spending time with loved ones and new friends.

  • Measure your productivity by engagement, not achievement. Not everything you do has to be productive in the conventional sense, but activities should be engaging and enjoyable.
  • Keep in mind that it is perfectly fine to spend some time doing nothing and just being lazy each day. This can actually help with your imagination and self-awareness. Strive for a balance between doing things you want to do and allowing yourself to just “be.”
  • How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

    Emily Silva Hockstra
    Career & Life Coach Expert Interview. 4 October 2018. While it may take years to realize what you want to do with your life, identifying your passions, interests, and values will help you set goals and give your life a sense of meaning. If you have trouble identifying these things, then ask a friend or family member to help you. Ask yourself the following questions:

    • What do you want your legacy to be?
    • How would you like to be remembered by others?
    • How do you want to make your community a better place?
    • What are some favorite subjects of interest in your life? For example, think of subjects you enjoyed studying in school. Ask why you liked them. [5] X Research source
    • For instance, you may have loved musical theater. Think: was it because you loved the music, or was it because you loved working with a big group towards a common goal?

    How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

    Do you sometimes feel like you’re wasting your potential? And do you also feel unsure about how you can even reach your full potential?

    If so, you’re like any other ambitious person who wants to make the best of his/her life. Because to me, that’s what “reaching your potential” means.

    We all have limited time on our hands. Some live longer than others. But you and I both know that it’s not about how long you live, it’s about what you do with the time you’re alive.

    It’s about leaving everything on the table and making sure you live up to your inner drive. Look, when I talk about reaching your potential, I’m not talking about what other people or society thinks we should do with our lives.

    When you chase empty goals and objects, you become restless. Instead, chase your own potential and forget about everything external. Become the best person you can be. That’s the only honorable aim there is.

    I’ve studied people who committed their lives to chase their full potential. Not only famous people like Muhammad Ali, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, Malcolm X, or any other person who made an impact on the world.

    I’ve also learned many lessons from “normal” people I know personally. People who learn every day, give it their all, keep growing, and get closer to their full potential.

    What does it take to do that? How can we do it too? I identified 7 skills that almost all of these great people had in common. Here they are.

    1. Self-Awareness

    You must be comfortable with who you are and what you are. Don’t try to be something you’re not. And don’t try to change yourself just because others tell you to.

    Instead, know who you are. And if you don’t know, find out. Read, write, think, talk. That’s self-awareness: It only requires you to be aware of your thoughts.

    And when you’re self-aware, you automatically learn more about who you are—which is called self-knowledge. But it all starts with being aware. No awareness? No knowledge.

    I’ve made a list of 20 questions you can use to improve your self-awareness. Use it to improve this skill.

    2. Leadership

    First, focus on yourself. Fix your own problems. Become a stable person who you can rely on.

    When you do that, focus on inspiring others to do the same. The best way to help others is to teach them to rely on themselves.

    Sick and narcissistic people want to make people dependent on them. Leaders teach others to be independent. How? By setting a good example. There’s no better way to lead.

    3. Writing

    Better writing leads to better thinking. And better thinking leads to better communication. Better communication leads to better results in your career.

    “What?! I never thought the writing was that important!” When you get good at one thing, it will help you to get better at other things. You see?

    It was only when I started writing that everything “clicked.” When you become a better writer, you can easily express yourself and start making connections. That will improve your career in ways you never imagine.

    4. Mindfulness

    My definition of mindfulness might be different than yours. To be clear, I’m not talking about meditation, yoga, or Zen Buddhism.

    I’m talking about being a calm and mindful person. A person who’s in control of their thoughts and emotions. A person who’s solid as a rock. A person who others can rely on.

    But achieving that inner peace requires much training. I don’t think we can ever fully master this skill. But by practicing control over our thoughts, we can get better.

    My favorite way to become more mindful is to be present. The more I stay in the present moment, the more mindful I am. The aim is never to be lost in thoughts. It’s to be here.

    5. Productivity

    The funny thing about mindfulness is that people assume living in the present removes your drive to achieve your goals.

    The reverse is true. The more present I am, the more desire I feel to improve my life. And how do you improve your life?

    You already know it. I don’t have to tell you that work is the only way to achieve things. Thinking about achieving your goals will not do anything real for you.

    Become a person who’s productive every day. Make use of your time. Don’t just waste it on watching tv, hanging out with your friends, gaming, or any other mindless routine activity.

    6. Perseverance

    Some days, I want to give up. You know why? Because some days you don’t see any results in your life. You work, work, work, and you get nothing in return.

    For years, I studied and worked without seeing any results. No recognition, no money, and no rewards. Just me, plowing ahead.

    But one day, after years of work, I started seeing some results. I got better at what I did, felt more confident, and started earning more.

    But if I didn’t persevere, I wouldn’t get any of those things. That’s why I don’t quit striving for betterment. And neither should you. Ever.

    7. Excellence

    I half-assed many things in my life. “Let’s just get it over with,” was my motto. I was so impatient that I hardly did anything well. I just put in the minimum effort. Hence, I was never the best at anything.

    But then I realized that excellence is a skill. Look at Robert Greene who took 6 years to write another book. Or Lebron James who worked out during every off-season of his career. Or Helen Keller who published 5 books, despite being deaf and blind.

    But this is also true for successes that don’t get attention in the media. Look at the top salesperson in any given organization who arrives early and leaves late every day. Or the mother who sacrifices nights out and dinner parties to raise her kid with all of her attention and love.

    That’s called excellence.

    No matter what you do. Do it the best way you can—or not at all. If you want to reach your full potential, that’s the quickest route. It’s also the hardest. But that shouldn’t be a surprise to you.

    How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

    “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

    I used to think that I would motivate myself to really live up to my full potential by reminding myself how much I wasn’t.

    Well, that didn’t work.

    Not that I didn’t get any results from chanting “You are so not living up to your full potential!” while getting out of bed, driving to work, doing the dishes, and combing my hair. Any time was a great time to remind myself. So I didn’t waste a second doing just that.

    And I got results. Only not the ones I expected.

    I became an expert on mindlessly browsing the web. I became an expert on constantly comparing myself to other people. I became an expert on feeling stuck. I became an expert on driving myself crazy with my non-stop “you are so stuck” chatter in my mind.

    I felt drained, stuck, and low on energy; these were my daily companions.

    So it shouldn’t be any wonder I grew less and less fond of my so-called motivational mantra that was doing anything but, well, motivating.

    I’ve realized that living up to our full potential starts with eliminating three big lies:

    Lie # 1. It’s productive to beat ourselves up about not living up to our full potential.

    When we spend all our energy telling ourselves we’re not doing good enough, we have very little time and energy left to look inside.

    Don’t get me wrong, I was very busy.

    I was very busy searching for my full potential. I read tons of books. I completed lots of quizzes to find my true talents and the right job for me. I browsed the job section of newspapers. I looked at what other people were doing.

    In short, I was looking everywhere—except inside.

    I wasn’t paying attention to what gave me energy. I wasn’t paying attention to what fascinated me. Instead, I was writing the pros and cons for potential jobs but reaching a dead end time and again, as I failed to neatly add and subtract all the items from both columns into one overwhelmingly clear answer.

    I’ve come to believe that we already know what it means to us to lead a rich, meaningful, purposeful life. It’s just a matter of paying attention.

    And listening to ourselves.

    And taking action and checking in with ourselves to discover what feels good, what energizes us, what feels bad, what drains us, and what fascinates us.

    It’s a matter of allowing ourselves to explore and experiment, one tiny step at a time. And adjusting where needed, using our energy levels and our fascination as a compass to guide us in creating an energizing, brilliant life that inspires us.

    Lie #2: Living up to our full potential means living a life free of fear, failure, and sorrow.

    I convinced myself that living to my full potential meant living happily ever after in some kind of perpetual state of bliss.

    I’ve come to believe that this is a myth.

    Living up to our full potential means feeling the fear and doing it anyway. It means realizing we are living up to our full potential because of, and thanks to, the mistakes we make and what we learn from them.

    Living up to our full potential means seeing things as they are, not the way we think they should be, and taking action from that place.

    It means allowing ourselves to feel the way we do, not the way we think we should feel.

    It means diving in and exploring why we are feeling the way we do.

    And that’s when we find our answers. That’s when we reconnect with our full potential. That’s when we start tapping into our brilliance.

    Lie #3: We’re not good enough.

    When we tell ourselves “You are so not living up to your full potential!” we’re basically telling ourselves “You are not good enough the way you are right now.”

    And that is such a disempowering lie.

    I’ve learned that it is my choice whether or not to believe that lie. It is my job to let go of that lie and choose an empowering perspective instead.

    I’ve learned that I can make that choice every minute of every single day.

    So that’s what I did. I made that choice. And that’s what I do, time and again.

    I’m being the best me I can be, right here, right now.

    I’ll be thriving tomorrow thanks to the mistakes I am willing to make today.

    Living up to our full potential is not trying to avoid making mistakes. It’s giving it our all, wholeheartedly, with all we’ve got.

    I am now reconnecting with my full potential through everything I do.

    I choose to explore. I choose to explore me. I choose me.

    Living up to my full potential is doing my thing, one tiny step at a time, at my pace, in my own fabulous, imperfect way.

    Some will like it, some won’t. Living up to my full potential is being cool with that instead of trying to please everyone else.

    I’m done living someone else’s life. Living up to my full potential is giving myself permission to be who I am and tapping into my unique me.

    I feel empowered, scared and excited, proud and determined, playful and inspired; these are just a few of my new daily companions on this long, fascinating, winding road that is living up to my full potential.

    And they didn’t come into my life by accident. I choose to invite them in. One empowering thought at a time.

    How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

    I’ve always wanted to reach my full potential and abilities. Although I’ve had success, I don’t think that I’ve created super extraordinary levels of success quite yet, nor do I believe I have tapped into my full potential. Other people can judge me, but I know my true potential and whether I’m living up to it.

    Don’t let anyone else judge your success. If you don’t consider it your duty—your obligation—to live up to your potential, then you will live a life far short of what you are capable of.

    I want to tell you about four changes I made—and you can make—to reach your highest potential:

    1. Write down your goals.

    You set these goals. Don’t let anybody else tell you what your goals should be. Think of success like breathing air; your last breath is important, but it’s your next breath that’s vital. Goals keep you focused on what’s next, and writing them down keeps you on track.

    2. Choose things just out of reach.

    Don’t just think about what is “realistic.” The problem with realistic thinking is that it’s usually based on what others think is possible. They don’t know your potential. Whenever you start a task with a mind toward the potential outcome, you will limit the actions required to accomplish that goal.

    3. Take massive action.

    Never do anything normal. Take massive action until one day it is no longer an unusual activity but a habit for you. People will ask you: “Why are you still out this late?” “What are you doing calling on a Saturday?” “You never quit, do you?” And even “What are you on?” Big goals require big actions. Reaching your full potential requires massive actions.

    4. Stay persistent.

    How do you get a nail in a wall? You hit it over and over and over. Rome wasn’t built in a day. The ability to persist on your path regardless of setbacks, unexpected events, bad news and resistance—to continue firmly in your purpose in spite of conditions—is a trait common to those who make it. Reaching your potential requires you to be persistent; there are no quitters here.

    How much success have you accumulated in your life? Whatever level you have attained, you can do more. Never limit your potential success and never limit what you will do to create and keep that success. Have monster goals and attack them hard. Remember that people who are highly successful—in both their professional and personal lives—continue to work, produce and create long after they’ve flourished.

    When it comes to your career, never work for your quota; work to your potential.

    When it comes to your career, never work for your quota; work to your potential. Working for your potential will keep you highly motivated. This also ties into your ethical obligation. You know what you’re capable of, not others. Quotas are numbers made up by others for you to hit. How did they come up with that quota? Don’t operate by what others think is possible.

    Understand also that you will not reach your full potential without increasing your knowledge. You must train and invest in yourself to make yourself better. LeBron James is trying to reach his full potential as a basketball player because he trains daily. As a sales person, I train daily. Anything you want to flourish in will require you to put in time and energy.

    You also can’t reach your full potential holding on to where you are. Start writing your goals down each day. Choose things just out of reach. And take massive actions to hit them.

    • Personal Success
    • Sales Success
    • Business Success
    • Leadership Success

    I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

    Some people spend their entire lives wondering how to be successful in life, but never figure it out.

    Would you be surprised to find out that the secret really comes down to four key areas?

    You see, personal success is achievable for anyone who practices the four areas – or keys to success as I call them.

    Everyone wants personal success and to learn the keys to success. Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy life, do meaningful work, enjoy a career, and achieve financial independence. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world, to be significant, to have a positive impact on those around him or her. Everyone wants to do something wonderful with his or her life.

    Over and over, I have found that the keys to success are a single piece of information, a single idea at the right time, that can change your life in the right situation. I have also learned that the great truths are simple.

    If you can follow these tips, you will be able to take control of your life and achieve your goals.

    We All Have One Common Goal

    Luckily for most of us, personal success is not a matter of background, intelligence, or native ability. It’s not our family, friends, or contacts who enable us to do extraordinary things. Instead, the keys to success in life are our ability to get the very best out of ourselves under almost all conditions and circumstances. It is your ability to adapt and change your life.

    You have within you, right now, deep reserves of potential and ability that, if properly harnessed and channeled, will enable you to accomplish extraordinary things with your life.

    The Four Keys to Success

    The great keys to success to change your life have always been the same.

    1. Decide exactly what you want and where you want to go.
    2. Set a deadline and make a plan to get there. (Remember, a goal is just a dream with a deadline.)
    3. Take action on your plan; do something every day to move toward your goal.
    4. Resolve in advance that you will persist until you succeed, that you will never, ever give up.

    This formula is your key to success and has worked for almost everyone who has ever tried it. It will require the very most you can give and the best qualities you can develop. In developing and following these keys to personal success , you will evolve and grow to become an extraordinary person.

    Learn How to Be Successful From The Experts to Change Your Life

    You will not live long enough to figure it all out for yourself. And what a waste it would be to try, when you can learn from others who have gone before. In one of many great quotes, Ben Franklin said, “Men can either buy their wisdom or they can borrow it from others. The great tragedy is that most men prefer to buy it, to pay full price in terms of time and treasure.”

    Your greatest goal in life and in personal success should be to acquire as many of them as possible and then use them to help you do the things you want to do and become the person you want to become.

    If you want to learn how to write a book, you can follow a step-by-step process created by a bestselling author. Learn from their mistakes and benefit from their systems by following their guide to writing a book. It will save you time in the end!

    Program Yourself For Personal Success

    You will change your life by achieving just one important goal , you create a pattern, a template for personal success in your subconscious mind. You will change your life and be automatically directed, and driven toward repeating that success in other things that you attempt.

    This is the best way to get your life back in order.

    By overcoming adversity and achieving one great goal in any area, you will program yourself for success in other areas as well. In other words, you learn to succeed by succeeding. The more you achieve, the more you can achieve. Each of the keys to success, especially the first one, builds your confidence and belief that you will be successful next time and achieve ultimate personal success.

    Try to leverage your momentum from an achievement in your personal success to reach a goal in your career or at school. Eventually, you will create a synergistic effect and find that success comes easier on all fronts.

    Unlimited Potential

    The only real limits on what you can do, have, or be are self-imposed. Once you make a clear, unequivocal decision to change your life by casting off all your mental limitations and throw your whole heart into the accomplishment of some great goal, your ultimate personal success is virtually guaranteed, as long as you don’t stop.

    Do you want to start achieving any goal you can imagine? Success is goals, everything else is commentary, and it all starts with my 14-Step Goal-Setting Guide .

    How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

    Potential is defines as someone’s or something’s ability to develop, achieve, or succeed. Many people live their life never discovering who they could have become because they settle for a mediocre life. May these quotes inspire you to awaken your potential within you so that you live your dreams.

    1. “Potential is a priceless treasure, like gold. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.” Joyce Meyer

    2. “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston Churchill

    3. “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.” Henry Ford

    4. “To reach your greatest potential you’ll have to fight your greatest fears.” Anonymous

    5. “There is no paycheck that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be.” Oprah Winfrey

    6. “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” Bill Bradley

    7. “Our potential lies between what is and what could be.” Kim Butler

    8. “You have the potential to be anything you want.” Fran Watson

    9. “Potential means nothing if you don’t do anything with it.” Anonymous

    10. “The will to win, the desire to succeed. The urge to reach your full potential – these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Confucius

    11. “Exploit your potential every single day.” Anonymous

    12. “The obsession with instant gratification blinds us from our long-term potential.” Michael Dooley

    13. “Don’t set limits on your unlimited potential.” Anonymous

    14. “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” Picablo Street

    15. “Don’t squander your potential living a life that amounts to far less than the one you are capable of living.” Zero Dean

    16. “One of the main reasons people fail to reach their full potential is because they are unwilling to risk anything.” Anonymous

    17. “Stop limiting your potential. Realize that there’s an unlimited amount of things that you can do with your life.” Sonya Parker

    18. “Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” Anonymous

    19. “If you do not train hard you will never fulfil your potential.” Maurice Greene

    20. “The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.” Jim Rohn

    21. “Your inner potential cannot develop without your willingness and conscious participation.” Philip Arnold

    22. “Limitless is your potential. Magnificient is your future.” Gordon B. Hinckley

    23. “Potential can only materialize into achievement when you allow it to.” Anonymous

    24. “Nowadays true job satisfaction and happiness is about fulfilling your full potential, tapping into your own creativity and feeling that you can make a difference.” Chris Humpries

    25. “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” Albert Schweitzer

    26. “Look past the exterior, and see that there is so much more within. Then decide to unleash that potential to the fullest.” Lincoln Patz

    27. “Most rules are made by people with no authority who want to control and limit you from reaching your true potential. Ignore them, break their rules, and wave at them as you soar past them to greatness.” Dan Pearce

    28. “Only you hold the key to your true potential.” Anonymous

    29. “Untapped potential is the difference between where a person is now and where he or she can be.” Bo Bennett

    30. “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” John Maxwell

    31. “Treating success as an option is one of the major reasons why more people don’t create it for themselves – and why most people don’t even get close to living up to their full potential.” Grant Cardone

    32. “Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.” Tim Fargo

    33. “It’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” Barack Obama

    34. “There is no heavier burden than an unfulfilled potential.” Charles Schulz

    35. “Fear and self-doubt have always been the greatest enemies of human potential.” Brian Tracy

    36. “Remember, if you succeed in everything you try in life, you’re living below your full potential and you should take up more difficult or daring things.” Eliezer Yudkowsky

    37. “You will never know your potential until you test your ability and really exceed your limits in life.” Samuel Peter Moshi

    38. “How far you can go in life is yet to be seen. Don’t let other people’s limited beliefs about what’s possible diminish your potential.” Kevin Ngo

    39. “Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.” Sheryl Sandberg

    Empowering employees can help business success (Photo credit: Microsoft Free Clip Art)

    Have you ever been to a restaurant and had your food come to the table either cold or the wrong meal delivered and then had the waitress or waiter bend over backwards to correct the situation (even if it wasn’t their fault)? Many companies are spending more time training managers on how to “empower” their employees. But what does empowerment really mean?

    According to Kinicki & Kreitner, empowerment is about “sharing degrees of power with lower-level employees to better serve the customer” (2008, p. 333). To me, empowerment is about giving employees the permission to give customers priority and to use their creative talents to find solutions when issues arise, without having to run to management and ask for permission to do something. Southwest Airlines is a good example of a company that highly empowers their employees and gives them great latitude to keep customers happy.

    Empowering employees isn’t easy though, because it requires that a company and their management be committed to continuous employee development. It means fostering an environment of trust and helping employees learn from successes and analyze failures.

    • Share information: Sharing information with employees is important because it not only helps to build trust; it gives employees important information that will allow them to make the best possible decisions in critical situations.
    • Create clear goals and objectives: Be clear with your vision, goals/objectives, and roles. This will help create the framework necessary to guide employees to make empowered decisions to keep customers happy.

    Working to create an environment that empowers employees has been shown to not only increase customer satisfaction levels, but also improve employee morale. It takes training, practice, and the ability to accept mistakes as a part of the learning process – but it is well worth the effort in the long run!

    How do you or your company work to empower employees? Share your successful ideas in the “Comments” section below.

    Speak up! Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

    Kinicki, A. & Kreitner, R. (2008). Organizational Behavior: key concepts, skills & best practices. Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin.

    • Personal Success
    • Sales Success
    • Business Success
    • Leadership Success

    I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

    Some people spend their entire lives wondering how to be successful in life, but never figure it out.

    Would you be surprised to find out that the secret really comes down to four key areas?

    You see, personal success is achievable for anyone who practices the four areas – or keys to success as I call them.

    Everyone wants personal success and to learn the keys to success. Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy life, do meaningful work, enjoy a career, and achieve financial independence. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world, to be significant, to have a positive impact on those around him or her. Everyone wants to do something wonderful with his or her life.

    Over and over, I have found that the keys to success are a single piece of information, a single idea at the right time, that can change your life in the right situation. I have also learned that the great truths are simple.

    If you can follow these tips, you will be able to take control of your life and achieve your goals.

    We All Have One Common Goal

    Luckily for most of us, personal success is not a matter of background, intelligence, or native ability. It’s not our family, friends, or contacts who enable us to do extraordinary things. Instead, the keys to success in life are our ability to get the very best out of ourselves under almost all conditions and circumstances. It is your ability to adapt and change your life.

    You have within you, right now, deep reserves of potential and ability that, if properly harnessed and channeled, will enable you to accomplish extraordinary things with your life.

    The Four Keys to Success

    The great keys to success to change your life have always been the same.

    1. Decide exactly what you want and where you want to go.
    2. Set a deadline and make a plan to get there. (Remember, a goal is just a dream with a deadline.)
    3. Take action on your plan; do something every day to move toward your goal.
    4. Resolve in advance that you will persist until you succeed, that you will never, ever give up.

    This formula is your key to success and has worked for almost everyone who has ever tried it. It will require the very most you can give and the best qualities you can develop. In developing and following these keys to personal success , you will evolve and grow to become an extraordinary person.

    Learn How to Be Successful From The Experts to Change Your Life

    You will not live long enough to figure it all out for yourself. And what a waste it would be to try, when you can learn from others who have gone before. In one of many great quotes, Ben Franklin said, “Men can either buy their wisdom or they can borrow it from others. The great tragedy is that most men prefer to buy it, to pay full price in terms of time and treasure.”

    Your greatest goal in life and in personal success should be to acquire as many of them as possible and then use them to help you do the things you want to do and become the person you want to become.

    If you want to learn how to write a book, you can follow a step-by-step process created by a bestselling author. Learn from their mistakes and benefit from their systems by following their guide to writing a book. It will save you time in the end!

    Program Yourself For Personal Success

    You will change your life by achieving just one important goal , you create a pattern, a template for personal success in your subconscious mind. You will change your life and be automatically directed, and driven toward repeating that success in other things that you attempt.

    This is the best way to get your life back in order.

    By overcoming adversity and achieving one great goal in any area, you will program yourself for success in other areas as well. In other words, you learn to succeed by succeeding. The more you achieve, the more you can achieve. Each of the keys to success, especially the first one, builds your confidence and belief that you will be successful next time and achieve ultimate personal success.

    Try to leverage your momentum from an achievement in your personal success to reach a goal in your career or at school. Eventually, you will create a synergistic effect and find that success comes easier on all fronts.

    Unlimited Potential

    The only real limits on what you can do, have, or be are self-imposed. Once you make a clear, unequivocal decision to change your life by casting off all your mental limitations and throw your whole heart into the accomplishment of some great goal, your ultimate personal success is virtually guaranteed, as long as you don’t stop.

    Do you want to start achieving any goal you can imagine? Success is goals, everything else is commentary, and it all starts with my 14-Step Goal-Setting Guide .

    How to live up to your full potential and succeed in life

    If you believe the phrase you are what you think, then life truly stems from your thoughts. But we cannot rely purely on thoughts; we must translate thoughts into words and eventually into actions in order to manifest our intentions. This means we have to be very careful with our words, choosing to speak only those which work towards our benefit and cultivate our highest good. Affirmations help purify our thoughts and restructure the dynamic of our brains so that we truly begin to think nothing is impossible. The word affirmation comes from the Latin affirmare, originally meaning “to make steady, strengthen.”

    Affirmations do indeed strengthen us by helping us believe in the potential of an action we desire to manifest. When we verbally affirm our dreams and ambitions, we are instantly empowered with a deep sense of reassurance that our wishful words will become reality.

    Affirmations are proven methods of self-improvement because of their ability to rewire our brains. Much like exercise, they raise the level of feel-good hormones and push our brains to form new clusters of “positive thought” neurons(http://www.arlenetaylor.org/brain-care/953-affirmation). In the sequence of thought-speech-action, affirmations play an integral role by breaking patterns of negative thoughts, negative speech, and, in turn, negative actions.

    The art of the spoken word is critical in crafting our futures. As a teacher of spirituality, it is my firm belief that we influence the universe word by word. If we dictate to it our wishes, it will respond. When we utter a sound, we emit a sound wave into the universe. This sound wave pierces through the air and becomes a real object. It therefore exists in our world, intangible and invisible. No words are empty words, as every syllable we speak engages energy towards or against us. If you constantly say “I can’t,” the energy of your words will repel the universal force against you. But if you say “I can!” the universe will endow you with the abilities to do just that. So speak away; relinquish your fears and purge your anger, predict your own future and live up to your potential with the 35 affirmations that will change your life:

    1.) I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation and choose its contents.

    2.) Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.

    3.) My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil.

    4.) I am superior to negative thoughts and low actions.

    5.) I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.

    6.) I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.

    7.) A river of compassion washes away my anger and replaces it with love.

    8.) I am guided in my every step by Spirit who leads me towards what I must know and do.

    9.) (If you’re married) My marriage is becoming stronger, deeper, and more stable each day.

    10.) I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.

    11.) (For business owners) My business is growing, expanding, and thriving.

    12.) Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas.

    13.) Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given.

    14.) My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.

    15.) (For those who are unemployed) I deserve to be employed and paid well for my time, efforts, and ideas. Each day, I am closer to finding the perfect job for me.

    16.) I am courageous and I stand up for myself.

    17.) My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity.

    18.) Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.

    19.) Many people look up to me and recognize my worth; I am admired.

    20.) I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.

    21.) I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.

    22.) Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good.

    23.) I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.

    24.) Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life.

    25.) My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now.

    26.) My efforts are being supported by the universe; my dreams manifest into reality before my eyes.

    27.) (For those who are single) The perfect partner for me is coming into my life sooner than I expect.

    28.) I radiate beauty, charm, and grace.

    29.) I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day.

    30.) My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness.

    31.) I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.

    32.) My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.

    33.) I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.

    34.) My nature is Divine; I am a spiritual being.

    35.) My life is just beginning.

    You can utilize any of these affirmations alone or create your own unique combination based on your personal wishes and needs. What is most important is to establish a profound communication with the universe — so say it with conviction, say it in your own unique voice, and make it happen in the real world.

    Affirming my love,
    Dr. Carmen Harra

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