Unleashing Your Dreams: Living Up To Your Full Potential

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dreams fly thumb Unleashing Your Dreams: Living Up To Your Full Potential Are you living up to your full potential?  Most of us would say, “No!” 

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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17 thoughts on “Unleashing Your Dreams: Living Up To Your Full Potential

  1. Ask my friends and they’d say I’m living up to my full potential, but I don’t think so. I am thrilled with the progress I’ve made so far, but since my recent retirement I’ve expanded my skills and realized more potential. And there’s more to come.

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  2. I keep investing in the lives of others, believing good things will return. I am living up to my potential some days. Eden Reforestation Projects is making great head-way, Healing Lands & Lives. Compass Builders is attracting new customers every week. My fund-raising consulting business is working with some interesting & worthy causes. I’m exercising 5 to 6 days a week & reading a new book a week. Life is good & I appreciate your encouragement very much.

  3. @Flora – Great to hear that there is even more to life after retirement!

    @David – Wow! It sounds like you are investing your life in a lot of great places.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  4. Jeff you got it right with this post I think. People are mostly comfortable and follow the path of least resistance – which is whatever they are doing in the rat race.

    BTW, where are you located? I see your shirt has Eskimo Joe’s on the front! I’ve been there. I lived up the road in Ponca City for 18 years, but now I live in Houston. I visit Bartlesville periodically for work.

    Read Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s latest article – Escape the Rat Race by Becoming a Career Renegade

  5. For many people it is hard to determine what their potential really is. They know they deserve more and can do a lot more, but what exactly, and where to start-these questions make them go round in circles.

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  6. @Stephen – I’m in OKC. Went to school at OSU. I still love visiting Stillwater and eating at Joe’s! Glad to have another Okie in the blogosphere.

    @ja – I think we get stuck in circles because we start, get scared and pull back from really letting go of our full potential.

    Thanks for the comments!

  7. Excellent article Jeff,

    When we consider all the benefits that come from unleashing our potential it makes the excuses look pathetic. You broke this down in a really nice way. Imagine a world where everyone pushed the excuses aside and just went for it. There is almost limitless ability and talent waiting to be released. I found this post inspiring.

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  12. I like this article, how it talks about living up to our full potential. My position in life is this, I’m 22 and going to dental school. I started reading books on how to become more sucessful with social skills about three years ago. Since then I have evolved and went from being a guy who didnt have a clue to a guy who has exceptional personality traits. People want to hangout with me all the time, girls are ringing my phone off the hook. Despite the fact that it may seem like I’v got it made, inside my head I’m a reck. With all this new success in life I find myself vary confused. I have been asking my self questions like should I be a movie star, should I be a stand-up comedian, should I have my own TV show (I’m not trying to brag or be arrogant these are really the thoughts that my success has generated). If I can figure out how to go from a loser to being who I am now in a matter of three years, what else can I figure out? Staying in dental school is a very safe way to make really good money and I’m totally happy doing it but at the same time my mind cant help telling me on a regular basis (you have more potential than going to dental school). If only I had figured out how to excel in the way I do now a little earlier in life then the decision to take risks would be easier to make, because now I’m at a point where the safe road still nets me a high enough income to do the things I want to. So to sum it all up Im happy with what Im doing and want to just be content with where Im at, but my newly mastered skills keep reminding me that I could be even more successful. What do you think I should do?

    • You have a very good asset on your side, you are young. You can do whatever you want to do. I am in my mid 40′s and I just got my degree in Education. I didn’t find out what I wanted to really do, or what I was put on this earth to do until just recently. This is to help our trouble youth. There are so many negative influences in not only our country but also our world. This is something that I want to change. I want to be as positive as I can for today’s youth, by the way are our future. I had a rough life growing up, i.e., time in foster homes, time in juvenile center, never felt like I was anything, low confidence in my self, never had no positive mentor in my life, which is very important. All of these reasons are the main motivation to help kids. This along with my own children. I think there is a reason why i went through all of this growing up. I have been a subsitute teacher in the Elementary field for 4 years now and truly love it. I just got a job as a youth counselor. I have recently strengthed my faith in my god.
      I am no genus by no standard but, I do know one thing you have time on your side. Use this to your advantage and sit down and think what you really want to do. Have confidence and you will be fine. Try to help someone everyday, say hello to people. Be the best person you can be everyday and everything else will take care of itself. I look forward to hearing how you are doing. Don’t settle for nothing but the best. I wish someone would have talked to me like this when I was your age.

  13. @cody – It is awesome to hear that you’ve learned it is possible to make a huge difference in your life by making the right choices. I am a rather conservative person so, I would suggest completing dental school and then pursuing some of your other dreams. This gives you a safety net, plus you get to finish what you’ve started.

  14. Not to be negative, but sometimes circumstances can get in the way of accomplishing your dreams. Sometimes when you have the money you don’t have the time and when you have the time you don’t have the money. There are dreams I would deeply love to fulfill but between taking care of a disabled parent, needing to support myself financially and dealing with my own disabilities while trying to keep my sanity it seems like there is little room to actually live the life I want to live. Oh well, eventually I will die anyway I guess.

  15. Great article…real and positive. unleashing our potential is the greatest gift we give this world.
    the world needs those people.

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