1. Change your attitude and thoughts
Nothing changes in life without a thought. Thoughts, and words that accompany them, can be extremely powerful. They can either help or hinder us on our journey. The first step to take in unlocking your potential is to address the negative thoughts. These include, “I’m not smart enough”, “I’m not good enough” and “I will never be able to achieve this”.
All of these thoughts can have an impact on how you act. If you continue to say you can’t achieve something, odds are that you won’t. Try this – when you next have a negative thought, write it down. If you start making a list of all the negative thoughts you have, you can set about countering them. For example, instead of saying “I’m not smart enough to gain that qualification”, say “I could allocate more time to study for it”.
2. Create goals
You can’t achieve your true potential without setting any goals. You may need to do some research – so if you want to change career, you will need to look into a number of different things. What industry would you like to work in? What role would you like to pursue? What working environment do you enjoy working in? How far are you willing to travel? Giving yourself deadlines for finding out this information is a sure-fire way to achieving your goals.
Big goals like a career change are achieved in stages and steps – so organise your mini-goals and focus on the first step, as looking at the big picture can be very daunting.
3. Eliminate fear
Fear can leave people with a lack of confidence and low self-esteem. People who are scared of change or taking risks to potentially improve their lives are stuck in the same place – their comfort zone. It’s a place of zero progress.
The only way to beat fear is to face it and take action. You first step should be to acknowledge the fear – even write it down. Once you acknowledge it, you can ask yourself a number of questions. These include: ‘Why do you fear this?’, ‘Is it because you’ve failed at it in the past?’ and ‘Are you scared of failing again?’ You’ve got to then ask yourself, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ You will still be breathing afterwards – failing once and learning from your mistakes should be seen as an opportunity to learn, rather than something to be afraid of.