Six steps to achieving your potential

Each and every one of us has the potential to achieve, no matter who we are or what we do.

The key to understanding this is to accept that we are all different. We all learn in different ways and have potential in different areas. 

No matter what you might be good at, these steps will help you find out how to reach your full potential. 

Have a goal and a plan

It’s important to have a target in mind when you set out on your journey to achieve your potential. 

Having an end goal will help move you towards your target. Putting a plan together will allow you to measure your progress by marking out the steps you’ll need to take along the way.

Take one step at a time

When reaching for a goal it can be easy to want a “quick fix” and lose interest if you can’t get where you want to be. But it’s very important to take one step at a time.

Notice the progress you make however small and praise yourself as you move forwards. This will give you confidence that you’re on the right track to achieving your goal. 

Seek help and support

It’s easy to feel alone when things aren’t going your way. Make sure you have a network of support to help you.

Speak to your parents/carers, family members, friends, teachers, course tutors and careers advisers for help if you feel you need it. This will also help to increase your confidence on your journey. 

Be willing to change

One of the keys to achieving your potential is to accept that you will change as a person. By setting yourself a target to achieve your potential in an area, you are deciding that you need to make changes in your life.

This could be the way you work harder in a certain lesson, prepare for exams or change your diet and exercise more. It will be much easier to reach your goals if you are willing to accept change. 

The way you change during your journey should also help you to keep going once you see the results.

Be willing to accept setbacks

You may face setbacks that might seem like failure. However, it’s very important to recognise that these setbacks are part of the journey. They will define you as the person you become and make you stronger in the end.

It’s important to look back on these setbacks, learn from them and improve your future performance based on what you have learnt. 

Know your strengths

Knowing your strengths is a vital part of achieving your potential. Working out what you are good at from the beginning is a great confidence booster and will help you when things seem hard. 

Recognizing when you’ve gained new strengths during your journey is also an important part of achieving your potential. This will further boost your confidence and help you to stay on target.

These six steps are only a guide to get you started on your journey of achieving your goals.

Everyone has potential, including you, and by reading this article you have just taken your very own first steps to making the most of yourself.

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