Have you discovered the potential you have now, whether it is in your life or your career? Everyone has potential, perhaps more than they realize now or will ever come to fully know in their life because of fear and self-doubt. Your ability to tap into your potential will determine how many successes you have throughout your life, which is especially important for your career. You have the potential to learn, which many people do not realize even though they learn from life experiences every day. Everyone have a potential for personal and professional self-development because of an ability to learn, as long as you are willing to purposefully seek out new knowledge and skills, and develop a supportive mindset.

The awareness of your own potential is important for the realization of any goals you may have for the future as you will not be successful simply by accident, you need a strong sense of self and a positive set of self-beliefs to support your continued progress. Many people quit trying to tap into their potential when all they see are what they perceive to be as negative outcomes or results. That is only part of the process and your potential for growth is never in question – only you decide how far you will excel in your career and how many goals you will successfully achieve.

Failing Until You Succeed

The primary reason why people quit when they began a new habit, try to initiate change, or work on a new goal, is a lack of immediate results. It is related to a common belief that effort must equate to permanent or at least some form of noticeable results. Other people may experience initial changes but when those changes are not sustained a feeling of failure may set in. Then a negative mindset begins – as if failure is completely unacceptable. Failure may be an indicator that the change or an improved outcome sought is going to require hard work and sustained effort, and if that does not align with the expectation for change, failure can become an easy way out. But if you are going to make lasting changes you will find there are times when you have to fail, and fail again if necessary, in order to succeed.

Success is Never Final

It is helpful to first decide what success means to you, whether it is achievement of a short-term or long-term goal, an improved result, or any other noticeable change. Once you have attained some level of success you will likely discover that it is not the final outcome. If the success indicator you have established is related to a goal, develop a new one. You have proven to yourself you can create a plan and follow through with it, so now is the time to consider other goals or tasks that you would like to accomplish. For example, if you have taken a class or completed an entire degree program what do you want to do with that newly acquired knowledge? Are you going to continue to read more about a particular topic or perhaps establish new career goals? Use success as another call to action.

Take Small Steps

The inherent problem with goals is that it implies you know what the end result will be. How do you begin to establish a goal, especially if it is based upon an idea? First consider the problem or issue by asking yourself what is at the heart of what you want to improve or change. Are you hoping for an improvement in some area of your career or life? Or would you like to experience a new outcome or simply try something new?

Before you create a goal, you need to conduct a self-assessment. Consider what skills and knowledge will be required to make any type of change. What skills do you currently possess? What knowledge do you need? You could establish a short-term goal related to preparedness. Then once you have the knowledge and skills required ask yourself, what next? That could be your next short-term goal – one that is related to the habits and behaviors you will need to change in order to support your progress. As you progress from one short-term goal to another you will begin to develop a sense of where you are heading and that is the point when you want to develop a long-term goal and create a timeline.

How to Build Momentum

Look for reasons to support your progress towards a new outcome rather than focus on what is not working well. In addition, look for what you can learn from every goal you set, every skill you set out to acquire, and the information you collect along the way. When something doesn't go as planned, consider why and maintain a mindset that not succeeding is as important as being successful. You will find that not being successful creates powerful learning opportunities and teaches you about your capabilities. Instead of thinking of goals, think of taking steps. What are the steps you need to take to learn something new or try something different, as a means of supporting your personal or professional growth? It helps if you develop a plan and become prepared as that is how you build momentum – one step at a time. Your potential is unlimited as long as you look for possibilities rather than become limited by what seems to be impossible.

About Dr. Johnson

Dr. Johnson has worked in the field of higher education and distance learning since 2005. He specializes in distance learning, adult education, faculty development, online teaching, career management, and career development. Dr. J has a Ph.D. in Postsecondary and Adult Education, a Certificate in Training and Performance Improvement, and a Master of Business Administration, MBA. Presently Dr. J is a Core Faculty member for one of the premiere online universities, fulfilling his life's mission to teach, mentor, write, and inspire others.

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