Sunday, July 3, 2016

What is the real reason you're not reaching your potential?

Could it be ego, or a fear of losing what you have holding you back? I guess they are closely related, for me maybe there is even a sprinkling of lack of confidence In the recipe too.

They say success breeds success, but I fear for many, the reverse is also true. 

When you come from nothing and reach some goal, the last thing you want to do is lose it. The problem is the very motivation that got you there is what it will take to get to the next step. 

A book by Dan Kennedy “Wealth attraction in the new economy” lists 28 wealth “magnets”. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. Of those 28 none include timidity, fear of loss, use of your ego, or anything even closely related. 

I myself recently determined I have been letting the fear of losing what I have get in the way of further growth. It all tied to having reached a goal I had created many years ago. Once I reached it I kept asking “what next”, or asking others what motivates them to keep pushing on after having reached a goal. More precisely asking them, “what is your why?”. 

Now I know it was an excuse, an excuse to just sit back.

Quit pushing.

Not reach my full potential.

So I ask you, what is holding you back from accomplishing more? Ego? Fear of loss or failure? If these kinds of things are holding you back, think about you past successes. What are you doing different now than when you were accomplishing your goals? When you had nothing to lose it was easy to risk it all. Nothing has changed, if you really want to accomplish more you’ve got to accept the same mindset, be willing to lose it all, and fight like your life depends on it. 

We don’t get to skip these steps, and each step builds on the last. If you're only willing to risk a little you’re only going to gain a little. Leverage more of what you’ve accomplished and the pay-off is bigger.