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

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