How to unlock your true potential?

15 Principles to Unlock your True Potential

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

― William Faulkner

The only regret that you might have later on in life is that you didn’t try hard enough. If you gave it your best shot, then no matter you failed to achieve anything substantial, you won’t die of regret. Here in this article, you would find 5 highly effective principles to unlock your true potential, followed by 10 ways to counter your surroundings. 

understand your true self

1. Understand your True Self

As we do not seriously take time to understand our true self, our sense of individuality and integrity of efforts might become extinct. Often times, we push ourselves into a lifestyle that never belonged to us or represented our truest self. We are so prone to external influences that our individuality starts accepting dominance of others’ opinions. Accordingly, the entire decision-making process suffers since we are never proactive enough to attest what we are and how our opinion could make the difference.

Each one of us is born with great capabilities, peculiar to us only. We cannot afford to accept the dominance of external influences to such an extent that they start downplaying the qualities or gifts we were born with; instead, what we should do is try to find out how external influences could help us in exploring our potential. When we start putting faith in our inborn capabilities, we focus on bringing them to the fore instead of worrying about qualities that we lack.

Unlocking your potential or realizing your capabilities never means that you start thinking highly of your peculiar attributes. This realization, instead, should make you more humble yet perfectly confident than you were ever before. Do not allow your attitude to rule your mind. If you are doing it, you seriously need to reevaluate your position. Remember that the world does not owe you anything; instead, you need to earn a living and respect by constantly brushing your capabilities. Attitude means nothing unless you can match it with your actions.

2. Emotions, feelings are not always right

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Our emotions and feelings collectively play a major role in shaping some part of our persona. Often times, however, we display a mental bent toward considering our emotions and feelings as final. Then again, it would be injudicious to ignore our emotions completely; instead, we should develop an understanding to find a middling ground between emotions and reality. Directing our efforts based on feelings would always give an unfocused effort, as feelings keep on changing. We should only direct our efforts towards a well thought out goals, which do not change frequently.

3. Do not entertain resentments; drop them instead!


You will not find even a single individual on the face of this planet who is contented with everything he or she has experienced in his or her life. We do have our resentments toward our partners, peers, parents, relatives, and so on. If we wish to lead a fulfilling life, we do need to drop resentments that take up too much of psychic space and do not allow us to work properly. Once you are able to drop them, you will feel lighter than ever before. Nonetheless, we cannot drop our resentments unless we prepare ourselves mentally to do it.

4. Positivity is the key to stay focused 

true definition of success

Each one of us feels pangs of negativity haunting us when any of our endeavors fail to beget the desired response. Some of us cannot take failure in the same fashion as the people who succeeded ultimately take it. We should accept failure as gracefully as we enjoy our success. Everyone fails at something. Despite failures, we do need to stay positive in our approach to further stay focused on the task. While negativity would discourage our attempts to accomplish a goal, positivity helps us in devising new and improved ways of reaching the destinations. Hopelessness and helplessness is bound to make us more depressed unless we gear ourselves up to try afresh.

5. Adherence to a set routine helps one reexamine potential

reexamine potential

You might find this statement too confusing since one would consider potential as something related to one’s mental or physical strengths, which has nothing to do with following a routine. Allow me to explain it. As we start maintaining good habits and stick to set routine, things start falling into place naturally. It further allows us sufficient time to improvise on how we were doing all that stuff thus far. We get closer to our truest self. When we can establish a connection with our conscience and start imploring our capabilities, we can reexamine our potential to find new talents and skills coming to the fore.

However, at certain times, you might find that the external circumstances are dragging you down. At such times, you can rely on the following 10 principles to level yourself. 

1. Love yourself

Love yourself No matter you are fat or skinny, rich or poor, just start loving yourself for being you. You certainly want to change so many things about yourself but accepting yourself would give you the strength to living up to your potential.

2. Do not suppress your feeling

 Do not suppress your feeling

Suppressing your feelings makes you feel incomplete and empty. Do not starve yourself to get into perfect shape since perfection lies nowhere. Do what you love to do the most. Try to nourish your body and soul with things you love to do.

3. Know who you really are

 Know who you really are

It is so dramatic that we try to look for ourselves into books. Learn about yourself, your interests, likes and dislikes. This would let you get close to you and make you perform better in life. Would you be able to describe yourself in five simple sentences? If the answer is no then you have to start introspecting.

4. It’s you life

 Control your life yourself

Control your life yourself. Do not let people tell you what to do, what not to do. If you keep living your life under obligations and expectations, you would end up as an incomplete person.  You should know what you have to do in your life. Do what your heart says, not what social desirability is or what people around you expect you to do.

5. Trust

 trust yourself and your gut feelings

Learn to trust yourself and your gut feelings. When you have a firm belief in life, you get relaxed and know that everything is going to be all right. Let time take care of it. Do not force things, as it would only leave you disappointed. Believe in giving your best day in day out, life would become so easy.

6. Express your inner feelings

 Express your inner feelings

People like it or not, express your inner feelings and let them know your opinion. Let go the fear of not getting acceptance, if their acceptance comes at a price of your own happiness. Accepting yourself is more important.

7. Come out of your shell

 Come out of your shell

Remember coming out of your safe zone would solve all the issues of your life. Show the courage to take challenges in life since all those who take challenges in life live happily. They live their dreams. If you doubt yourself, who doesn’t at a point of time? Do not let this self-doubt become a part of your personality.

8. Be your best friend

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Be your best friend and guide yourself. Self-talk works wonders. Tell yourself positive things and make yourself a winner in life.

9. Move on

 Do not expect a miracle

Do not expect a miracle. Work towards your goals. The progress graph should always keep going up. Take it easy and enjoy the ride your ride to success.

10. Make your sorrow your strength

 Make your sorrow your strength

Do not let your sorrows and regrets make you weak but learn to convert them into your strengths. Make them a source of your strength.

Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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