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Are You Achieving Your Potential?

Kevin Dee By Kevin Dee,
CEO at Eagle

This post first appeared on the Eagle Blog on July 27, 2015

Are You Achieving Your Potential?We are all born with certain talents.

We all have the ability to improve those talents through education, practice and effort … and we can do

Some people will take full advantage of those talents and others will not.

Robert Schuller asked the question, “What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”

The intent of that question was to make us think about why we are not chasing our dreams or reaching for goals.  If the fear of failure were eliminated then would we have some goal in mind?  If so, then why not go for it?

Here are a few thoughts on this subject:

  1. When humans are forced into situations they can accomplish incredible feats. Think about the stories of people who survived great hardships, or the heroic stories we hear about people who found themselves in tough situations.
  2. When we decide to “go for it” we are proven to be able to achieve great things too … think about professional athletes or even very successful entrepreneurs.
  3. Failure is not a terrible thing. Through failure we learn invaluable lessons. Each new attempt will bring us closer to our goal.  There are many people who have achieved great things, before which they had many failures … think Abraham Lincoln.
  4. We can fake ourselves out easily … by focusing on all the things that can go wrong and the possibility of failure. OR we can focus on making it happen.
  5. Why do you need to be forced? Why do you need circumstance to push you?

We all get one go around at life.

Why not take our talents and make the most of them?

Why not give ourselves goals, and go for them?

Why not achieve our potential?

What is stopping you?

It Is More Important to HAVE Goals Than to Reach Them!

Kevin Dee By Kevin Dee,
CEO at Eagle

That seems like a contradictory thing to say, why would it be OK to miss our goals?  What is the point of having goals if we are not going to meet them?

Goals are a way to focus our efforts, in a direction that makes sense to us … today.

Along the way “stuff happens” some of which we plan for, some of which we do not.  Some of that stuff will be negative and some of it will be positive.

THAT “stuff” will determine where we go next!

I believe that if you asked ANY super successful person today whether their goals looked exactly like where they ended up they would have to admit that the result looks very different than what they expected.

I also believe that for many of them, they far exceeded their expectations.

When I left school I wanted to be a car mechanic, and that quickly morphed into an aircraft mechanic when I joined the Royal Navy.  My plans at that time saw me moving up the ranks, but did not even contemplate a move into the officer ranks.

When I became a computer programmer my goals would have seen me move into the management ranks, but not even an executive level.

My move into a sales role saw my ambitions grow, as I saw that as a chance to reach an executive level.

Never in any of these transitions did I see myself as a business owner.

Stuff happens along the route of life that we can take and use.

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”  Charles R. Swindoll

We use goals to have somewhere to aim, that is hopefully a better place than where we are today.  Some people will naturally aim higher than others.

“If you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there.” Lewis Carroll

So, as you go through life you should set yourself some goals.

  1. The more specific the better.
  2. Put a time frame on them.
  3. Be ambitious with your goals.
  4. Expect change.
  5. Review your goals regularly to see if you are going in the right direction and adjust your tactics.

Setting a goal gives you something to aim for … even if you hit something else, it is likely to take you in the right direction!!!