The Best You Can Be: 6 Tips to Bring Out Your Inner Potential
We spend our whole lives with ourselves, so it’s imperative that we make ourselves into people we admire. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of self-improvement, but bringing out your inner potential doesn’t always mean a radical and immediate change. Instead, you can make it a gradual process and savor how much better you feel about yourself. Here are six tips for bringing out your inner potential.
Use Your Time Well
There’s a saying that “time is money,” but it’s actually much more valuable than that. If you waste time, it’s gone, unable to be recovered. That might seem grim, but it should actually be reassuring. You can accomplish so much more if you realize how to use your time. It can be as simple as waking up ten minutes earlier and reading in the morning. Over time, the power of using your time can do more to bring out your inner potential than almost anything else.
Speak Up in the Workplace
Do you feel like your time on Earth is going to waste because of all the time you spend in the office or other workplace? That kind of thinking isn’t doing you any favors. The you that goes to work is you, and you should make that you into someone who cares. You want to be actively involved in your duties, not passive. If there’s something you’d like changed, you should let your superiors know or spark the change yourself.
Learn from Others
The kindest and most generous people didn’t get to be that way by pure chance. They knew people who emulated those traits and modeled their own behaviors after that. Even as an adult, your potential for growth is never stunted. Think about people you admire, whether they’re famous leaders or just friendly acquaintances. Sometimes the inner potential you have isn’t something that you can bring out on your own, but taking cues from these figures in your life can coax it out enough for you to do the rest. Try to pick up on their positive habits and see what a difference it makes in your own life.
Have Actionable Goals
One of the greatest pleasures in life comes from seeing a goal to its end. However, you need to make sure your goal has steps you can follow. Otherwise, you risk finding yourself stymied by where to start, therefore getting yourself nowhere. Make plans that you can accomplish. For instance, instead of promising to “read more,” you can instead plan to read one novel a week.
Focus on Yourself
A roadblock to self-improvement is comparing oneself to others. You see monumental things that they’ve accomplished and think that there’s no use trying, as you’ll never reach those heights. If Michelangelo just compared himself to Leonardo Da Vinci, do you think we’d have his statue of David? You don’t have to be a renowned artist to bring out your inner potential. Keep your priorities in check and remind yourself that your accomplishments are special, because they’re your accomplishments.
You can’t be expected to make much progress in your life simply by staying in place, waiting for opportunities to befall you. Instead, you need to be thinking outside of the box as much as possible. That means putting yourself out there and, more than likely, failing at least a time or two. It might not seem like it, but failure is a critical component of success.
If this frightens you, you’re not alone. You can help by cultivating a lifestyle of trying new things. Strike up conversations with people you don’t know. Try a food that sounds strange to you. The more you do things like this, the more you’ll be wired to take chances. Self-improvement is an ongoing journey, which means that each new step is exciting and worthwhile. When you look back at your journey, you’ll know why you made the decision to take the initial steps. By following these steps, you can make yourself into a truly special person.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara recommends listening to motivational speakers like Dallin Larsen to help you become the best you can be.