You know you want to become more but something is stopping you. Or maybe it’s a bunch of things.
It happens when you know you’re good at something but you can’t seem to polish it just right to get to the level you aspire to.
For instance, let’s say you’re a pretty good baker and you love sweets. Your friends love it when you make cupcakes and cookies. So much so that they’re always telling you that you could make a living from it.
You gloss over the idea of opening a bakery one day.
You begin to fall in love with the idea of having such a fun job. You’ll get to play around in the kitchen, mixing up different flavors and watching the joy on people’s face as they bite into them.
You’d get to pay the bills doing something that you already do for fun. That sounds awesome!
Yes it does. Until you start thinking about how other bakers have a proper culinary education and your professors were mom and grandma.
And let’s not forget about the techniques you don’t know about. Like how do some bakers make bubbles out of sugar? It looks so hard and you don’t know how they pull it off.
We’re not even going to talk about the whole running a business part. You know nothing about that either.
Now your hobby turned dream job just transformed into a frightening nightmare, and you haven’t even done anything.
So now when you’re friends mention you selling your baked goods you shrug it off instead of testing the waters.
You’ve quickly gotten to the point where you’re paralyzed. You somewhat entertain the idea of becoming a baker but you can’t move forward to make things happen. You’re stuck in limbo.
You’re afraid that you’re not going to be able to make your dream a reality. There are so many things in your way. So many things you don’t know and everyone else does.
You have a fear of failing because of this.
Not only do you look at these people as your competition but also as a cautionary tale.
All of these people have formal training and years of experience and there are even some of them cannot make it. So how are you going to make it?
So let’s say you do figure out some more advanced techniques and how to prevent your cupcakes from coming out in all crazy different sizes with the help of Google and YouTube.
You still don’t know a thing about running a business and paying taxes. So even if you don’t burn your cakes, the IRS will be breathing down your neck.
If it’s not one thing it’s another, and you don’t know how to deal with any of it at this point.
You’ve concocted this quite vivid account of not being about to get too far with your dream without running into a number of issues. But you haven’t even considered how it could work out.
If you think that everyone who has ever took a shot at their dreams and succeeded started with everything they needed, you’re wrong.
Instead of letting the fact that you don’t know much about something stop you from doing it, try to learn a little more.
Acknowledge and accept your limitations and then find a way to work it out.
Business owners don’t know everything by the time they’re ready to start their business. Somethings you just have to learn along the way. And in doing this thing can still come out perfectly fine.
Honestly if you tried to learn every possible thing before you start something you may never even get started. Information is limitless and you’re always learning.
Just have confidence that you’ll pick up what you need as you need it.
You can still be very successful without being a Rhodes Scholar on the subject. Your effort will get you a whole lot farther than remaining paralyzed.
Once you can get over hurdles like this you’ll be unstoppable. Whatever dream you want to live you’ll be able to make it a reality.
This is what you have to do to reach your potential:
1. Destroy mental blocks
Your mind is a powerful thing and it can either work in your favor or against you.
When you think something is impossible it is because that is what you’ve made it out to be. If you think that something cannot be done, something will always come up to prevent you from being able to carry it out.
You just keep stumbling over yourself.
Even if you know of other people who were able to accomplish it, it won’t make sense to you.
You cannot wrap your brain around something that your mind is not open to.
2. Put in the work
Stop giving up at the thought of a challenge.
When you know that you lack something that you feel is necessary, don’t allow that to stop you. Instead be willing to put in the work to make up for that lack.
If you’re looking to start a business but don’t know how to legalize it, look it up. These days the information is at your fingertips and there are tons of free resources on the topic.
Want to lose ten pounds the healthy way and keep it off? Do some research on diet and exercise plans. Figure out what other successful people have done. Maybe it’ll work for you.
And once you make up for your lack don’t forget to take action. Knowledge is useless unless you put it to work.
3. Have a goal in mind
Be clear about what you’re looking to accomplish. Having a vague idea doesn’t help when it comes to carrying it out. In fact, it can make things very confusing and overwhelming.
Knowing what you want to achieve makes it easier to figure out how you’re going to get it.
While it’s customary to think that you can’t achieve your goals because you don’t have all the goods, but that doesn’t mean you should live your life that way.
When you’re in the kitchen preparing to try a new recipe and you realize you don’t have all of the ingredients you don’t throw out the recipe. You get that missing ingredient or you substitute it.
Either way you don’t just give up, you make do and keep on moving.
It’s all about living your best life. You typically don’t have all the tools at first but you can still find a way.
Just focus on how great life can be when you don’t allow anything to stop you from being your best.
Allowing your limitations to prevent you from attaining greatness guarantees you a subpar existence.
No one wants to live a mediocre life. So don’t let your limitations dictate your outcome.
What’s holding you back from reaching your potential?
What is something you need to achieve your goal that you don’t have and how are you getting it?