How to Reach Your Potential Despite Your Limitations

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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.

Unlimited limitations

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.

Accept it

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.

Always make sure that your goals are realistic. And never be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone, as you know from a previous post, you can’t get anything done in there.

 

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.

 

And you…

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?

 

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  • Hi Lea,

    Great analogy. In my past I have been effected by the issues you discussed here but I’ve learnt (and are still learning) to recognise and feel when I’m feeling the negative signs. I now have a plan in place.

    I think a lot of us fail to put strategic action in plan of when we need it. Build your own plan and tweak it to fit you.

    great post

    Naomi

    • Lea

      Hi Naomi,

      When you have a plan in place you shouldn’t definitely stick to you. Sure some things may throw you off but you have to keep that goal in mind.

      Good to know that you got over it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea
    This is a great post and I loved all of your points. Like you said, that enthusiasm can quickly be extinguished as we actually think about moving forward with whatever it is we want to do, and the paralysis can set it.

    One thing that can be really helpful for people is working on stripping away the conditioning of always thinking of the future and the unknown in a negative light..what could go wrong, what we fear will happen,etc..and start realizing that all sorts of good stuff can be ‘lurking’ there too and things will unfold as they should and work out. You’ll get the help, the resources, attract what you want,etc..

    • Lea

      Hi Kelli,

      I do think it’s in important to keep an open mind when considering your future. The truth is it can go a multitude of ways. It’s not all bad.

      Thanks for sharing your tip.

      ~Lea

  • Junie

    Hi Lea,

    Thanks for a wonderful post. I love the analogy. It makes the points you mentioned so much easier to understand.

    I should share this with a friend of mine. She started a cake business last year and her cakes are delicious. But because she’s not good at decorating, she’s not pursuing her dream or working on her cake business. I think she’s afraid to step out of her comfort zone. All of the points you raised relates to her.

    Mental blocks is a real destiny destroyer. “You cannot wrap your brain around something that your mind is not open to,” says a lot. Our minds can make us or break us.

    I love his passage from the bible, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” We are a result of our thoughts. If you think you can’t make it, you’ll never be successful. It’s a matter of thinking I can do whatever I put my mind to. That was my thinking when I quit my secure teaching job to become a freelance copywriter. It was scary and I took a massive chance giving up a regular income for a dream, not knowing how my bills would get paid each month. It’s not been easy, but I don’t regret my decision.

    Puting in the work and having a goal in mind, makes all the difference to failing or winning.

    Have a lovely week. 🙂

    • Lea

      Hi June,

      Yes, please do. It sounds like it would be helpful to her. She shouldn’t give up because of that. Decorating is a skill that she can learn, it shouldn’t defeat her.

      They surely do. You mind is where it all starts.

      That quote from the bible is so fitting! And so right! You do have to have a certain amount of faith in your abilities and the possibilities. The same way you have faith you will continue to be gainfully employeed by someone else, you need to apply that to your dreams.

      It’s good to know you don’t regret your decision. Following your dreams takes courage.

      Thanks for sharing your experience and that quote! Have a good week also 🙂

      ~Lea

  • mark newsome

    Another homerun for sure Lea!

    You might also call this post the “Under achiever’s success blueprint manifesto!”LOL!

    You have hit on so many extremely valid points!

    And you tied them together so nicely, with your excellent analogies, that anyone, not just someone thinking of opening a bakery, can and should learn from!

    Thanks, I’ll definitely share it!

    • Lea

      Thank you Mark! lol

      Oh wow, good idea LOL.

      I’m glad you think so, I was kind of hesitant about some of the parts. But I’m glad it made sense in the end.

      Thanks again!

      ~Lea

  • Hi, Lea,

    What an awesome article and great analogy, and thought-provoking subject! We are so good at self-sabotage, and we can definitely limit our potential with mental blocks. I’ve definitely done this.

    I’ve been writing quite a bit lately on having the right mindset, one for success, because I too believe that’s where it all begins. We all have fears about leaving our comfort zone, but we can overcome our hurdles if we’re thinking correctly.

    My daughter was just telling me about some clinical studies with placebos.

    One group of people were told they were given uppers, (but they were really given downers), and another group of people were given downers (but were told they were given uppers).

    The result was that the people given the downers acted as if they were on speed because of what their mind believed! And the same with the other group. I know this is a completely different topic but I thought it was relevant to mention.

    So much for sharing this, Lea, I really appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    ˜Carol

    • Lea

      Hi Carol,

      You’re not alone, I have done it also, and I’m sure many others. There have been many times when I’ve come to realize that I’m the only thing holding me back.

      I can see why, it’s truly an important topic. It is the basis of all development, improvement and success.

      Oh no, don’t be sorry that goes right along with the mindset thing. As the old saying goes it’s all in your head. The body can achieve what the mind believes.

      Thank you for sharing that tidbit. Enjoy your weekend as well.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea,

    You raised the most important issue of all…a mental block. Now we can throw ourselves a pity party and do a blame game of why we cannot move forward, but that only retards our growth. Now what kind of life is that?

    It all starts with our mindset. If it is clogged up with negative thoughts, we need to replace it with positive ones. Sounds easy hugh? By far it is not. We have to do our homework and there are many different ways to battle negative thinking.

    I’m a long time student of changing my own mindset. There will always be that “critic” in your mind that pops up, but it is up to us to quiet it, or replace it with a positive thought and go on our merry way. There is help out there…go get it. You deserve it!

    -Donna

    • Lea

      Hi Donna,

      Exactly! I don’t think people realize what they are doing to themselves and how it ultimately impacts their quality of life.

      It is a process and one you have to be committed to. The concept sounds easy but the process is trying. But changing any natural habit would be so you can’t let that stop you.

      You sure do! Everyone deserves the help they need.

      Thanks for shaing your insight Donna.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea,

    That was a nice post, especially the wonderful analogy 🙂

    You are right about all that you mentioned, and most of the times the mental blocks and self-developed fears we have stop us from reaching our potential.

    Life doesn’t come easy for anyone, and we all have to keep the negativity aside and move ahead – there is nothing better that works. Give yourself one huge push and you can overcome the hurdles, especially the ones created by people and the barriers you place around yourself, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead. Good to see our Ahaian’s in full force here 🙂

    • Lea

      Hi Harleena,

      Thank you 🙂

      They certainly do. If you cannot fathom it, you can’t achieve it.

      In life there comes a lot of work and we all have to put in the effort if we want it to be greater than average.

      Thanks for commenting. Enjoy the upcoming weekend also!

      ~Lea

  • Hey Lea,

    We all go through this. In my case, it was the opposite. I would have some great ideas, but my peers will shoot it down. So what did I do? I limit the time I spent with them by a lot.

    In this case, yes that fear factor hits us when the good friends we have make great suggestions, but yet we shoot ourselves down. I’m sure there are a lot of great ideas out there, but a lot of people talk themselves out of it because they have a fear of what could happen.

    We have to destroy this. A good way of doing it is reading success stories. Usually within these stories, a lot of these entrepreneurs “failed their way up” in a sense. They went to every trial and tribulation before the achieved the success they have.

    Yes, it’s not all peaches and cream when you want to achieve something. You just have to take the bull by the horns and run with it and learn as you go! It would definitely be worth the effort!

    Thanks Lea for sharing! have a good one!

    • Lea

      Hey Sherman,

      Sounds like a good plan. When people don’t get your vision it is best to take time for yourself so that you motivation for it doesn’t take a hit.

      Yes and the fear of success is real. Fear can be the underlying cause for a lot of things.

      So right. And in many cases those failures helped build their success. It’s really a learning process, not a roadblock.

      It sure will!

      Thanks for sharing your insightful view. Enjoy the weekend!

      ~Lea

  • Hey Lea,

    I sure am glad that while I was reading your post I was eating some Pina Colada flavored yogurt because I LOVE cupcakes and would have immediately wanted to go and get me one. Yummy but I do love your analogy.

    That reminded me of a show I had seen some time back about a lady that did just that. It was a family recipe and everyone loved their cupcakes so she opened a store and it became a hit. I think once people love your food then you can hire more help to teach you the fancy stuff. I know your point here though is making that move before you chicken out and start bringing all that doubt into play.

    I can understand that actually. I was 49 years old when I left corporate America to pursue something online and I was scared to death. I had no skills and I had just lost my full-time cushy salary. That would make most whither and stop in their tracks but I just wanted something different for myself so I think you have to look at it that way as well.

    You always point out the obvious though, all the great suggestions that we should follow or think about so we can take action. Thank you for that my dear.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week and keep up the excellent work.

    ~Adrienne

    • Lea

      Hey Adrienne,

      So do I! I guess that’s why it was so easy to come up with the story. I love a good dessert 🙂

      Exactly. As long as you have the base you can work out the other aspects.

      Thanks for sharing your experience and your kind words.

      Enjoy your week!

      ~Lea

  • Phil Turner

    Good analogy and well developed story. I find it very sad that most people never pursue their dream until they are in their 50s or 60s. So much of life wasted in the day job!

    • Lea

      Thanks Phil. It sure is! You end up putting 20-30 years into someone else’s dream before you have the courage to take a stab at your own.

      Thanks for commenting.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea
    Wonderful post, indeed
    I love the way, you have crafted the the whole scenario by narrating a story about a baker with so many mental blocks. Ya, it happens with most of the people. Instead of concentrating on our strong points, we look out for the loopholes.
    Ya, we have infinite potential to crack our dreams.
    Thanks for sharing this motivating post.

    • Lea

      Hi Yatin,

      Thank you. We definitely do. Where there’s a will there’s a way. When you focus on finding a solution you get what you’re looking for.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea

    This is a wonderful post

    You are so right that we block our potentials with mental blocks. As you have mentioned, there will always be issues and so much information on an issue, however this shouldn’t stop us for taking a step into our dreams.

    As we keep working towards our goal, we will be able to overcome such challenges one at a time. Thanks for the reminder and showing us how to reach our potential

    • Lea

      Hi Ikechi,

      Thanks.

      Information overload does prevent a lot of people from taking action. It just becomes so much that they don’t know where to start.

      ~Lea