Fulfilling Your Potential

How often have you achieved what you initially set out to achieve? Or vice versa, how many times that you can remember have you failed to reach your desired level of success due to unwanted circumstances? I think we could all agree that we have all had our failures at some point in life time, and even though we perceive failures as being bad, the key is identifying them as a secret to our own successes. As humans, we all want to achieve and fulfil our potential from a young age, we all have the capabilities to reach such heights, but a lot of us aren’t willing to go that extra mile to achieve what we have set in our minds. It is from here that we aren’t fulfilling our potential, which is a sad thought because some of us have the potential to inspire others and play an influential role in some sort of way in their lifetime.

Growing up around various different types of sport, I’ve seen many cases of kids being unable to fulfil their full potential. From a young age, kids who have all the talent and skillset in the world to do great things in their sport, but due to many varying reasons, a lot of these kids that show the most promise often find themselves under achieving. However, the people who you would least expect to achieve success in their chosen sport from a young age seem to be the ones who in fact do achieve success beyond their potential. These are the kids who generally don’t have possess the same natural talent as some other people, but due to their inner desire to achieve, through their work ethic and determination, they end up coming out on top in the end. These are the people who are willing to take those risks, they aren’t afraid of failures, they welcome new opportunities, simply they will go through the good and the bad in order to get where they initially desired to get too.

Personally, I don’t like to see people underachieve, especially those who under achieve because of their lack of desire and laziness to achieve because its all to hard for them. These are the types of people who waste such a great opportunity to achieve success and live a great life, especially with the amount of money that is involved in sports today and the way such professional leagues play a huge role in giving back to charities and local communities, these people have the chance to earn a great living but also give back to the communities that have helped them reach their potential. It’s a tough site to see, but unfortunately it happens all too much these days, and I wish one day these people who showed such promise can teach the younger generations the value in fulfilling their potential from a young age, as you never know where life can take you. Fulfilling your potential is all about being an optimist, a risk taker, where the idea of failure motivates you to become a better person and you view them as a secret key to success.

Enjoy the pursuit to success, unlock your full potential.

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Live Life With No Regrets

As we have discussed previously in regards to turning our failures into a success story, similar ideas need to be addressed when talking about living life with no regrets. Unfortunately, throughout our lifetimes, we have all done something we wish we never did, and ultimately wish we could have our time back. However, as we become older and more mature within ourselves, we begin to learn and grow from our past experiences weather they be positive or negative actions. It’s important to note that without these negative experiences we have encountered we may not have grown into the strong and knowledgeable people we consider ourselves today.

Living life with no regrets is all about attempting to take on every opportunity life provides you with, and when life nears the end for you, you can sit back and think to yourself that you took on every opportunity and you have gone through life with little regrets, and by doing so there is a good chance that you have reached your ultimate goals that you set out for your life. My previous post was all about turning our failures into success, and noticing that failures are the underlying secret to success. Here, we can identify that people that normally have the greatest amounts of regret in their life are generally the ones who are most afraid to fail, and are afraid to take on the risks. This can be due to their past experiences of failure, and are scared to encounter failure once again in their lifetime.

It’s important to embrace new opportunities with open arms that come too you. NHL Hall of famer, Wayne Gretzky stated one of the more famous quotes in sport, he said; “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Now applying this back to this particular topic, the exact same can be said. Every time you turn down an opportunity, whatever that may be, you are losing an opportunity that could help shape the person you wish to become. This could then make you regret your decision to do turn down that event, making you pile up the list of regrets that you have, and over a period of a lifetime, those regrets can add up substantially and all of a sudden your life could have been a question of “what could it have been?”.

Be adventurous, be willing to take on new ideas, consider yourself a risk taker at times. Don’t follow the path taken by others, and more importantly don’t let others make you to take on their chosen path. Surround yourself with those people that share a positive outlook on life, the last thing you want for your own personal happiness is to surround yourself with negative people, these are the toxic people who will want to lead you down their path, instead of chasing your desire to create your own path towards your ideal level of success that you have set out.

Take your opportunities when you can, live life to the fullest without any regrets.

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Turning Failure Into Success

I think we could all agree together that we have all witnessed failure at some point in our lives, the enormity of failure may differ between person to be person, but the point is, failure is seen by everyone. However, a lot of us see failure from a negative perspective and that’s totally normal, we have grown up to think failure is bad and our reactions of failure are a result of our thoughts. We need to treat failure as ‘evolutionary’, the underlying message behind all of this is that it helps us grow, mature and find the meaning behind our lives the way we want to see it personally. You’d think someone is crazy if they were to tell you “failure is the secret to success”.

Generally, before anyone succeeds in their life endeavours, they will have come across some sort of failure along the way, and if they haven’t run into failure, then their personality will often depict this, they will have a lot of self confidence about themselves and be quite arrogant amongst others. Failure allows us to improve as people, it allows us to become more and more appreciative of our successes when we do experience it. There are a few ways that can help you turn your failures into success stories.

Why did you fail? As we are striving towards success in whatever way that is, as we have stated we are going to come across some failures. It is up to us as individuals to think to ourselves, “how badly do we want to achieve this goal?”. After you think about this question for a while and come back with a positive answer, then it shows to you that you are determined to reach the desired amount of success, and any failure will be treated just as a small bump in the road.

Learn from your mistakes. When we do run into failure, its important that we don’t shy away from this event, as most people tend to ignore failure, which is totally fine. However, a more positive way to look at failure, is by accepting it and learning from our mistakes. By acknowledging our mistakes, we can only do better in the future, hoping the same mistakes don’t occur again.

Persistence. Being consistent and persistent of your actions is a vital part in turning your failures into success. Being brought down by failures, but your ability to get back up again and keep doing the things you have been doing is what ultimately brings you to your success. Persistence is something that is highly undervalued I believe, a lot of us tend to fall to our knees easily and quickly, and from this we simply give up. Its important to see the positive side of everything, and if you are truly determined to reach your end goal then these failures will seem like nothing, and you will continue to persist with your efforts in order to reach your dream.

Change your outlook on the failures, they are the key to your success.

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Persistence Is Key To Your Success

How often have you given up on something? Was your desired outcome simply too hard to achieve, or were you expecting the results to come a lot sooner than you thought? All of these are common reasons why we give up on things. However, a lot of people who do in fact give up easily and are a little too lazy in reaching their dreams of success often don’t possess the ability of persistence. The idea of persistence is the ultimate attribute any individual can have in order to achieve success, unfortunately in life there is no such substitute for this notion. We have all discovered that life can throw many curve balls at you throughout your lifetime, and those who don’t show signs of persistence will often be the ones who come crashing down as a result of life’s challenges. Success doesn’t come to anyone easily these days, it requires determination, passion, and persistence.

There are a number of reasons that exist today that prove to us that preaching the idea of persistence and incorporating this idea into our lives will become severely beneficial for us. Firstly, persistence makes you an expert, since persistence is often associated with time, because we will be doing something over an extended period of time, we will gradually become better at whatever we are trying to do, turning you into an expert. Secondly, it shows signs to other people as well as yourself that you are being ambitious of your success dreams. Typically, those people who consider themselves as being highly ambitious are the ones who will also generally possess the idea of persistence. Lastly, by conforming to the idea of persistence, it will begin to teach you to appreciate the value of success. It will teach you that success is far from easy to come by, and the time period is rather unknown until you feel that sense of success in your life, but once you do feel that sensation, then you will become a lot more appreciative of the work you have done to get yourself in that particular position.

When we talk about sport, persistence and patience is one of the major contributors to success, especially when we look at someone who is trying to find their way out on to the professional circuit. However, speaking from experience, the sport of golf definitely requires the notion of persistence of anyone willing to play the sport for a living. It’s a lonely road sometimes, feeling lost is definitely most professional golfers have experienced at some point in their careers. It is those people who shows signs of persistence and determination early on in their career that will eventually come out with the greatest amount’s of success.

Look at Phil Mickelson for example, Mickelson will go down as one of the greatest golfers of all time, however, depending on how we look at it, he was quite fortunate/unfortunate playing in his prime against probably the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods. Mickelson may have achieved more success if it wasn’t for Tiger, however, he chose to look at it from more of a positive perspective. Mickelson’s persistence and love for the game allowed him the status he possesses now and thanks Tiger for pushing himself that little bit further to be that bit better and therefore wouldn’t have had the career he has been able to have.

Be persistent, success could be right around the corner.

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Embrace The Opportunities

Who has been granted an amazing opportunity to take their life in a different direction, but have been scared to do so because of their fear of taking on the unknown and their unwillingness to change? Life can be a wonderful idea at the best of times, even though some of us may see the bad side of life sometimes, it provides us with endless amounts of opportunities day in day out, we are constantly being surrounded by opportunities. Weather or not we embrace these opportunities is a whole different story. Embracing these opportunities can act as an avenue for change for some people, its regarded as a change catalyst. Opportunities can be in the form of so many different ideas from, finding a new level of happiness, to a change in career path that has the ability to provide you with all the success and happiness you have been trying so hard to achieve in the past.

Opportunities are thrown at us from all different angles, but often times, our minds aren’t there to grasp on to these opportunities. This can be because we are still worried about or holding on to past experiences that we can’t seem to manage to let go, and it is these experiences that often blind side us from facing potential new opportunities. We need to have the ability to ‘let go’ most of the time, however it is easier said then done. A lot of us believe that the better days are behind us, and it’s only a slow decline to the bottom from a centre point in life, and these people are often the ones that can be described as being stubborn or even having a close mind to the outside world. It is important to understand that the future holds endless amounts of opportunities for everyone and anyone, and it’s up to their personality and beliefs weather or not they can actually accept uncertainty in the future and view it is as being a positive aspect rather than a negative aspect. If you are one of those people who love the idea of facing uncertainty in the future by taking calculated risks, then you will often share an open mind, and these are the types of people who continually seek success in their lifetime, even though they are understanding of the fact that they could also fail in their endeavours.

When I left home for the first time in my life to chase my dreams almost 4 years ago, I was dealt with many uncertainties, so many that it also forced me to stay home and forfeit my scholarship at college in America. I have experienced a lot of these uncertainties up until this point in my life, and even though I’m sure I will be dealt with many more opportunities throughout my life, I’m sure this particular opportunity to come to the United States will be regarded as one of my more life changing opportunities. I have always been the one to find comfort in my own home very easily, however, I knew I had the potential to do something great and I wasn’t going to chase it on the couch and having an opportunity like this one couldn’t be thrown out the window. I have now learned to be much more open minded about life and its challenges, but at the same time my open mind outlook on life has provided with many more opportunities and happiness at the same time, that goes without saying I have also experienced many failures along the way but have viewed them as an opportunity to learn.

Embrace life’s opportunities with open arms, you never know where they could lead you.

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Take Out The Negativity

Are you a person who views the glass as being “half empty” or “half-full”? If you are someone who views it as being “half empty” then generally you are someone who is rather pessimistic about the future, whereas someone who sees the glass as being “half full” then you can regard yourself as being an optimist, where you’re optimistic about the future. It is being in this positive frame of mind that allows you to live a life full of happiness, success, and even wealth. The way our minds work, when we expect good things to happen to us, generally you will make decisions and take on opportunities that will lead to positivity and successful results. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, being a pessimist, you are constantly dealing with the struggles of only expecting bad things to happen to you. Like those people that firmly believe they get the tough end of the draw or they never get the ‘lucky’ breaks are generally the ones who have a negative outlook on everything, and they will continue to do so until it all becomes to hard for them and give up on what they are trying to achieve.

One way that can help someone over come the enormity of negativity in their life is by setting reasonable, yet achievable goals. Often those people who become disinterested and unmotivated are those who set challenging goals that can’t realistically be reached at the best of times. It is from these failures that put down a lot of people in trying to become successful and all of a sudden they enter this deep spiral of negativity and continually put themselves down. However, by setting small, incremental goals and achieving them at the same time can be very satisfying and rewarding to the individual, and it’s in these instances that we become more and more motivated because we are in fact achieving goals that have been set, even though they may be smaller in stature, the satisfaction of achieving goals is still there.

I still believe that a lot of us don’t have the courage to improve our own well being and other circumstances. This can be done through the action of stepping outside of your comfort zone, by doing so, we are increasing our levels of self confidence by doing something that isn’t initially within our comfort levels. By stretching your limits just that little extra each time you expose yourself to something new, you are automatically increasing your capabilities as a person, and all of a sudden you realise how large your capabilities reach.

Like I have previously stated in previous blogs, there is a strong correlation between surrounding yourself with positive minded people and you becoming one of them eventually. Both optimism and pessimism is contagious, so its rather easy to place yourself on either side of the spectrum, so its important as an individual to notice the traits of pessimistic person and avoid those people as much as you can and find those who see themselves as being optimists.

Think about the idea of the glass being half-full or half-empty, and think to yourself how you would interpret this idea.

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Be Goal Oriented

How often have you sat down and actually thought about your goals and eventually set some realistic yet achievable goals? I would say a majority of us would say they don’t in fact do that, and rather let life take its own course and follow that specific path. However, for those who do believe they set out goals, what type of goals are they? Are they financial, personal, or other life orientated goals? There are so many different ways we can interpret the term ‘goal’ and it’s a very important term at that too. Setting goals of all types allows us as individuals to pave a clearer path for your own personal future, without intentions and goals, it could be clear to others that you don’t have definite path in sight and you’re potentially satisfied with having an unclear path. Generally, successful people are goal setters, goal setting applies to all facets of our lives,

Goals are what shape us into the person we desire to be like I have previously explained in my earlier blog posts. Those individuals that are seen to be more of the ‘risk’ taker are those who generally have goals and plans set out for themselves to reach their desired level of status in their chosen profession, or even the way they want to be perceived by other people in the public in the future. However, those people who choose to let life choose their course are the ones that find themselves going around in circles and don’t actually know what they want to get out of their life opportunities.

Growing up, being heavily involved in many types of sports like; tennis, rugby, cricket and golf I have always envisioned myself wanting to play a sport for a living. I was never too keen on the idea of ‘goal setting’, I was always informed about this idea going through high school but never thought too much about it until I became more mature and neared the end of my time in high school when I had some decisions to make. I sat down in the comfort of my own room and started to pan out some short term goals (where I wanted to be 5 years from now), and then some longer term goals (where I wanted to be 10 years or longer from now). Now since those five year goals have come to an end, it’s a great feeling knowing that you have accomplished a majority of your personal goals, and even though I didn’t achieve them all, I’m not too worried, unfortunately we can’t achieve all of them. Now, as certain time periods come to end, it’s vital that we don’t stop goal setting, this time gives us an opportunity to re-evaluate our position compared to where we want to be and then make adjustments from there. Life is a constant cycle of goal setting, in order for us to achieve the greatest amount of success, we need to be regarded as ‘goal setters’.

I want you to regard yourself as a goal setter, and see how much success you have, you’ll be surprised!

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