5 Reasons Why You're Not Reaching Your Full Potential


Sometimes in the working world, you can fall into bad habits. Despite your best efforts to improve your working situation, you are never reaching your full potential. Below are the reasons for why you could be hindering your potential.


Patience is not always a virtue at our disposal. When you get impatient with how your progress is going, you’ll give yourself an excuse to give up. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Reaching your full potential means hustling. Commit to your work and adjust your attitude to gain the results you want. Feeling frustrated with your efforts is natural. But continuing to work hard despite the overwhelming urge to give up is what separates the lions from the sheep. For extra motivation, check out Eric Thomas’s video on why you must run toward your goals and fight through any obstacles that stand in your way.

Forgetting the big picture

Going hand in hand with impatience, forgetting the big picture is another bad habit that’s crippling your full potential. Every day, when you go to work in the morning, ask yourself these two simple questions:

Where do I want to be in my career five years from now?

What impact will I make today?

These two questions inspire your imagination and ambition. Once you have an idea of where you want your career to go, you know what all your efforts are going toward. When you contemplate the impact you make each day, your work will have more meaning.

It’s easy to forget where you’re going if you lose sight of the big picture. But, if you remind yourself of your long-term goal and remember the impact you’re making, your work will gain significance and value.

Playing it safe

Whether you’re looking to start your own business or ask for a promotion, action is required. Sometimes our goals seem so big that we try and limit ourselves and talk ourselves out of doing something bold. But, nothing good ever happened to anyone who played it safe. Successful people don’t wait for opportunities to come to them – they chase after them.


Easier said than done, right?

Wrong. Sure, taking a step outside your comfort zone is frightening. But, the results are almost always worth it. And the more times you try something new, the more comfortable you’ll be. Take risks. Be bold. What could go wrong?

Being an island

Do you want to know what all leaders have in common? They didn’t get to their position by themselves. Most of the time, they had help. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re incompetent, it means that you are smart enough to know your limits. Only the ignorant think they know everything. When you cut yourself off from other people in the workplace, you are giving yourself a huge disadvantage.

Make friends with your colleagues and go to networking events. You never know when you might need another person’s support or expertise. Plus, connecting with other people in your industry gains you respect and recognition for your hard work. To find some networking events near you, check out PPAI’s events page.

Having one perspective

Networking and connecting with others also saves you from having one perspective. When you carry only one view of things, you are limiting yourself and your work. And because we’re all human, we all get stuck on a project every once and while.

Thinking outside the box and accepting other perspectives will help you become a faster problem-solver, which will reflect kindly on your work.

Unfortunately, it’s just as easy to make bad habits as it is difficult to make good habits. But, with dedication and a little willpower, you will be on your way to creating a deeply fulfilled career. Your potential will continue to grow the more you open yourself up to opportunities and keep track of your goals.

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