Are You Working at Your Full Potential? 7 Ways to Soar
By Helen Godfrey, MA, NCC, BCC, LPC
If you desire to live the life of your dreams, it’s necessary to concentrate on what you want and keep working toward it. You may experience periods of time when you lose focus and it becomes challenging to keep pursuing your goals and dreams.
Is it a constant struggle to give 100% in everything you do? How can you stay motivated and continue to work at your full potential?
Examine these 7 strategies to soar at whatever you do:
1. Make every moment count. If you’re spending your time doing something, you might as well be learning as much as you can. Stay connected to the task at hand. Challenge yourself. Find more effective ways to do mundane tasks. What is this teaching you? Efficiency? How to be more organized? Resilience? How to focus even when the job isn’t that interesting? Even the smallest, most boring tasks can teach you something that you can apply to problems later on.
“The way we do small things determines the way we do everything.” -Robin S. Sharma
2. Think about average versus excellence. Reflect on the difference between performing a mediocre job as opposed to an outstanding job. Which way of working makes you feel more confident about your performance? Strive for excellence in everything you do. Are you simply sticking stickers on library books for filing? Make your stickers consistent so that everyone will know your work. Are you writing call numbers in the books? Find a method that allows you to complete your task with accuracy and speed. People do notice and may give you more interesting responsibilities when they see they can trust you with the little things.
“Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.” -Anon
3. Begin with the end in mind. Ask yourself, “If I try as hard as I can, what might happen?” According to Stephen Covey, beginning with the end of your project in mind is a wonderfully proactive way to set yourself up for success. Identify the “end” you seek. Then, design a specific step-by-step plan in order to achieve it.
Create a daily to do list, a weekly to do list and a monthly to do list. Figure out how much time you need for each task and build in extra time. If this is something you have never done before, double the time you think you need so that you will have extra wiggle room built in.
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“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
4. Be positive. Positive thoughts will make you feel more content and increase your chance of success. A positive, open attitude will make you more approachable and people will be more willing to help you. Ask for help if you need it. Most people are happy to lend a helping hand especially when they see that you are a diligent, hard worker regardless of the task.
“Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.” -Unknown
5. Be optimistic when approaching a task. If you ever think, "I hate doing these monthly reports because they take forever,” then the report will probably indeed take a long time to complete. When you have a pessimistic attitude, you will often live up to it.
· Incorporate a deadline and a reward. A deadline will help you focus and a reward is something to look forward to once you’ve reached a certain point in the task. Why not treat yourself to a coffee or walk once you reach your goal for the day? This won’t be an ordinary coffee or walk. It will feel really good because you will feel like you “earned” it.
“The person on top of the mountain was not placed there.” -Anon
6. Set smaller objectives toward accomplishing larger goals. Avoid getting overwhelmed by creating short-term objectives. For example, if you want to earn a college degree, but it seems overwhelming, just start by taking one class at a time.
· Think about the process. Referring back to the example of a college degree, you start by taking one course, then completing a semester of classes, and then finishing each year of college until you earn your degree.
· By setting small, manageable objectives, you'll be on a positive path toward your goals and you’ll be able to see your progress along the way.
“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.” -Unknown
7. Celebrate your successes. When you acknowledge your efforts, you’ll build momentum and be inspired to achieve more. The more you accomplish, the more you will want to accomplish. Success is motivating.
Make the most of your day and life by working at your fullest potential. When you carry out these strategies, you’ll find yourself on top of the world. Your potential is endless!