Big Decisions: 7 Ways to Maximize Your Potential

Like many people, I have big dreams that I would love to see come to fruition some day. Often times, I internally hinder myself from taking the initiative to put my thoughts into a plan of action that will help me make these dreams come true. This year, I made a promise to myself, to remain positive, motivated, and dedicate myself to taking some risks. For me, some of these risks include implementing some ideas to enhance my finances, personal, and professional development. I recently came across an article by Valorie Burton about 7 decisions that people need to make in order to help them maximize their potential, and make their dreams come true. Below are the 7 decisions and some information about each.

Decision 1: I do not downsize my dreams: In order to be successful and reach your full potential, you must start expecting more. This can come in the way of expecting more from yourself, and actually working to achieve established goals and dreams, or it can come from showing others that they should expect more from you. Whether it is personally, professionally or both, the expectations that we set for ourselves, and those set by others based on what they think we are capable of, have much to do with our success.

Decision 2: I focus on solutions, not problems: Dreaming big comes with some tough challenges. Some of these challenges include more obstacles and roadblocks. Adopting a positive attitude of success, can lead you down the right path to your vision and ultimately making your dreams come true.

Decision 3: I choose to be authentic: Know yourself. Figure out what your qualities and challenges are, and work towards honing your qualities and strengths. Do not dwell on the challenges or difficulties, especially if they cannot be fixed. Weakness fixing can lead you down a path of continued negativity and can ultimately waste time. The only person you can truly be is yourself, so be comfortable in who you are.

Decision 4: I choose courage over fear: “Fear is the most common obstacle to achieving true success and happiness”. Though it is inevitable, being able to work through it and move forward will suit you much better in the long run.

Decision 5: I choose relationships wisely and nurture them intentionally: You cannot do everything by yourself. It takes a strong and intelligent person to understand that they need a good network and even better support system to achieve success. Find those people, cultivate those relationships, and let go of anyone that does not believe in your ability and dreams.

Decision 6: I actively seek feedback and use it to grow: Your support system should also be made up of people who are honest with you. When you need feedback, you should be able to go to these people and always be told the truth. This is the best way to continually develop.

Decision 7: I know my purpose and take daily action in the direction of my vision: The best thing you can continually be is consistent. This is the key! Make a plan of action, vision board, or establish short-term and long-term goals. There should also be tangible and intangible ways to measure these goals and to reflect on your successes and failures. This will help you to continue to make progress, mitigate potential weaknesses and issues, and move in the direction of your vision.

*Valorie Burton is an expert and leading consultant in Positive Psychology. For more information visit valorieburton.com

Realigned Voting Map

A Voting Map by population

And now a quick political note, this man Neil Freeman has come up with a better way to arrange the states so we can have the best representation of voters. I think its groovy, to coin a phrase. The map is well thought out, interesting and worth a look.

E-Books for Libraries

MacMillan E-Book Library Lending
I generally think that ebooks are convenient, but shouldn’t all be considered as a replacement for printed books. But here is the kicker about business of book publishing. Now that just about everyone can publish literary content through websites and the like, its meant a real change for their business model, so what do they do? They try to leverage the technology, by making expiring electronic books.
Expiring books.
One of the reasons that I like books (or any other printed material) is that its durable and it doesn’t require anything more than light, eyes or fingers. Printed books don’t require batteries, operating systems, computers, tablets, electricity, synching, internet connections or infrastructure needed to get enough juice to read an e-book.
Don’t get me wrong, I know they are convenient, but once again we have to recognize the trade offs of convenience. Sure you can carry 100 ebooks on your person, but when was the last time you ready 100 books of any kind at once?
But back to the matter of expiring books. Printed books do not expire unless they are exposed to abnormal conditions, but under normal conditions they can last for decades or even centuries. Once its printed for all intents and purposes its permanent. I can’t imagine if the books I bought disintegrated after two weeks or 12 months. The author giving me a time limit to read what they wrote or else! Or even worse the publisher telling me what I can and cannot do with what I bought from them after I bought it.
What if I want to loan that book to a friend, I just give it to them and hope they give it back. I want to lean a friend an e-book, not nearly so simple.
I drifting again.
Basically its like this: Libraries should do their best to stick to printed books, but they cannot dismiss the fact that e-books are not going anywhere and its up to them to find the best way to implement them. Expiring e-books are a bad idea. Perhaps they e-books given to the library should be controlled by the library instead of the publisher, so the library can maintain its lending policies. What do you think?

President Obama’s State of the Union Address

If you missed it, check the link below:

State of the Union Address: 2013 President Obama