HOW TO REACH YOUR FULL POTENTIAL

"With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent."

 

In a recent article, Danny Iny of Mirasee writes:

 

A Stanford psychology professor named Carol Dweck has spent decades investigating why some people become high achievers while others fail to live up to their potential.

 

She concluded that it had little to do with intelligence or talent - in fact, many smart and talented people fail to achieve success *because* they're smart and talented.

 

It's counterintuitive, but Professor Dweck discovered that if you believe your smarts and skills are fixed aspects of your personality, you'll expect to be good at things without much effort...

 

...and that puts you at risk of spending too much time documenting and admiring your abilities instead of developing them further. By assuming you'll always be naturally brilliant, you neglect opportunities to grow and improve - so you stagnate in life's slow lane while other, less "talented" people overtake you.

 

At the other extreme are the people who feel inadequate in their abilities, so they expect to fail. They believe it's impossible to improve, so they convince themselves it isn't worth trying. If you think like this, no matter how much you want success, you won't *allow* yourself opportunities to achieve it.

 

Do you see the key word in both those examples of underachievement?

 

"Expect."

 

If you expect success without effort, you'll fail.

 

If you expect failure, you'll fail.

 

But if you expect success to come from systematic effort and progress towards well-chosen goals, then you're on the right track and you have every chance of succeeding.

 

The inventor of the IQ test, Alfred Binet, once wrote: "With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent."

 

And he should know, right? ;-)

 

To truly fulfill your potential, adopt a mindset of success and growth through persistent, directed effort.

 

Start today - choose one small thing you'd like to do better, and learn to make that improvement.

 

When I examine the stagnant periods of my life, when I am relying on the growth I have earned to date, I wonder why there is little progress.  After a considerable stagnant period I say to my self “I must get out of this funk” and proceed to examine my goals, see if they are still appropriate and modify them to reflect my current goals.  Then set up an action plan to achieve the newly adjusted goals.

 

To begin with the action plan is an up hill process – not much growth nor enthusiasm.  My action plan has evaluation milestones where I outline criteria that would identify any growth.  During these evaluations, I become aware of progress no matter how small – if I keep going I will achieve the goal.  Progress is the incentive that keeps me going –

success breeds success.

 

…. if you expect success to come from systematic effort and progress towards well-chosen goals, then you're on the right track and you have every chance of succeeding.