Especially in a world where social media is king, it’s not uncommon that we can get stuck in a rut. We’re not feeling like we’re doing the best we can do, but we don’t know how to change it. Thinking with that mindset only leads us to feeling like we’re not good enough, that we can’t achieve the things we want to achieve, or that we should give up. Trust us, you’re not alone in feeling this way, but we’re here to let you know that, as they say, “this too shall pass.”
When it comes to reaching your fullest potential, there are many steps you can take and things you can constantly remind yourself of in order to really go for it. These steps and reminders can help avoid the “I can’t do it” feeling that we’re so often stuck in as people trying to reach a goal.
We asked real people — just everyday gals and guys trying to chase a dream — what they’re doing to help themselves reach their fullest potential. No matter if you’re the CEO of a large business or are starting a company in your basement after work, your dreams are just as important as anyone else’s, and you can all take the same steps to help you reach those goals that you know you can achieve.
Break each project into small, more acheiveable goals.
Of course, you should always take time to look at the bigger picture of what goal you’re trying to reach, but breaking your projects into small, more achievable goals will do many positive things to help you get things done. First, being able to cross parts of the project off a to-do list and say “I’m one step closer” is important, and with smaller goals, you’ll be able to do that more often. Also, you’ll feel much more organized and prepared when you have to sit down to make that list of small goals because now you know (and have a plan for) exactly what’s coming your way.
Don't let the opinions of people get in the way.
Again, we live in a world where social media essentially rules everything. As much as we may try to push it to the side or ignore it, it’s inevitable that a) you’ll need to use it to grow your business, and b) you’ll occasionally let it get to you. Unfortunately, that being the case, it’s vital to you doing the absolute must that you try your best to ignore the negativity you’ll see on the internet. Whether you’re launching a brand, growing YOU as a business, or creating a product, chances are there are going to be people who don’t like what you’re doing. First, remind yourself that that’s okay. Not everyone is going to love you/your product/your brand, and it’s important to keep truckin’ and not let them get in the way of your hustle.
Try something outside of your comfort zone.
If you’re currently successful with what you’re doing, that’s great, but if you stay stagnant in that same spot, chances for you growing and improving even more are scarce. In order to push yourself, do the absolute most that you’re able to do, and push your brand to the limit, you need to get yourself out of your comfort zone. Another tip to that point is to make sure you’re not limiting yourself to that you think you can do. Sometimes we — especially women — can tend to be our own worst enemies. You need to learn to tune out that little voice in your head and the devil on your shoulder, and remind yourself that you can do anything you let yourself do.
Stop overestimating what you can do in a day. Learn to say "when."
Many business owners and entrepreneurs will tell you that they are overworked, burnt out, and physically/mentally exhausted. Although, of course, it’s all worth it at the end of the day, your mental and physical health are just as important as you being successful, if not more so. Being a business owner also means working from the crack of dawn until the wee hours of the night, sometimes never having a day, hour, or minute off, and completely surrounding yourself with your business. While this is usually what it takes to be successful, you — as a human being — need to make time for you. Even if you’re taking a 30 minute break in your day to pop over to the nail salon for a pedicure, make sure you’re doing something for you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that it’s okay to put things down for a few and watch mindless television or eat a snack. Sometimes it’s the little things that can help remind us that we’re human, not entrepreneur robots. What’s the point of creating a successful life if you have no time to enjoy it?
Create a vision board.
Going along with the previous tip, those who are more of visual learners will appreciate the addition of a vision board to help visualize where they’re interested in going with their goals. Grab some of your favorite old magazines, newspapers, and fun articles/images printed from the web, and creatively arrange them on a poster or piece of cardboard. This can help you physically see right in front of you the goals that you’ve set for yourself. Refer back to this anytime you’re feeling lost — which to be completely honest, will probably happen quite a bit. It can help remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing and what you need to do to get there.
Sip a cup of green tea
It’s tea time! Green tea may help reduce inflammation and conditions associated with inflammation such as diabetes, and arthritis. Green tea contains catechins- an antioxidant with potent anti-inflammatory properties. Try adding a cup of warm oat milk to your green tea to pack extra vitamins and nutrients.
Have a good nights sleep
It’s common sense that sleep is critical for proper health. But do you know that sleep, immune function, and inflammation are regulated by the same bio-rhythms? Interestingly, when these regulators are disrupted, our immune function gets out of balance too, making our bodies susceptible to inflammation, and the diseases associated with it. According to Michael J. Breus, Ph.D and sleep expert “getting the right amount of sleep for you—for most adults, that’s between 7-9 hours a night—on a consistent basis is one way to help avoid low-grade, systemic inflammation that’s associated with aging and chronic disease.”