We go through life doing what has to be done, giving up on our dreams and living a mediocre life. Why do we do this?
I mean really, why do we live so far below our potential?
Why don’t we unleash our dreams and live life to its fullest every day?
The things that hold us back from our dreams and full potential
I’m sure we all have our reasons for holding back from pursuing our dreams. I’m guessing we all feel our situation is unique, but I honestly doubt that it really is.
In fact, I imagine there are a ton of similarities between us. Let me throw out of a few of the reasons I think we stop short of living up to our full potential and you can let me know if I’m right or not.
Reason #1 – Other responsibilities and commitments hold us back.
Life happens despite our best laid plans. We get married, get a mortgage and have kids. The bills start coming, we need health insurance and little Timmy has a tooth loose. Sound familiar?
You don’t have to live long to start accumulating good things that need to be done. We usually call this building a life.
However, somewhere along the way, we start getting comfortable. We get distracted from living our dreams and we get a promotion out of the cubicle and into a small office.
We go through the motions until one day, POW! We wake up and we’re 40 years old and we realize we aren’t living up to our full potential.
Reason #2 – We don’t have the guts to go for it.
It might be low self-esteem, lack of a mentor or weakness in a critical business skill. Label it whatever you like. The bottom line is we’ve never quite conjured up the courage to risk our reputation to go for our dream.
We’ve planned, day-dreamed really, for years, but just never set sail. The thought of pouring our whole hearts into something only to have it fail is just too great of an anchor.
We use our dream like a prized toy. We hide it in the closet, bring it out on special occasions to amuse ourselves and quickly put it back before it gets broken.
We don’t even like discussing our dream with others all that much because once in awhile someone tries to tarnish it with their negativity and we don’t have all the answers which bothers us, so we just keep it safely tucked away.
We go on like this for years and our dream dies with us never really being born.
Reason #3 – It’s just easier not to unleash our dream
Making a dream a reality is a lot of hard work. I mean work far above and beyond what we’re doing today.
We have built easy, comfortable lives. Why rock the boat?
We would have to make sacrifices and convince everyone we really aren’t crazy in order to start working on our dream. We’d have to deal with the resistance. What a chore!
We would have to set some goals, write up a plan and take action. This would push our comfort zone and make us nervous. Again, why bother?
It is just easier to keep our dream under wraps rather than have to deal with all this. We’re pretty happy right where we’re at. Maybe we should just settle for this.
Cut loose your full potential on the world and see what happens
Do the excuses above ring a bell? Yes, I called them excuses. We are simply justifying and rationalizing our fear.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ~Benjamin Franklin
You have so much more to offer this world. You can handle unleashing it. You can handle it. I promise.
Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. ~ Marianne Williamson
You really are powerful beyond measure. Unleash your full potential on this world and see what happens. It will become a better place for it. You will make more of a difference than you can ever imagine. Stop holding back!
Are you living up to your full potential? What are you going to do now?
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