You Are Amazing: Unleash Your Potential

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There’s an inspirational quote out there that goes something like “you have the same number of hours every day as Beyonce”. This might earn a significant eye-roll, since as we all know, Beyonce has a team of highly skilled professionals at her beck and call, helping with everything from childcare to fitness. But did she start that way?

We’ve all witnessed her take over the music world, and it seems like she was born with a golden microphone in her hand. Then there’s athletes like Serena and Venus Williams who continue to dominate the world of pro tennis. There is a long list of athletes and artists from the United States and around the world that continue to show us what greatness looks like.

You may not dream of becoming the world’s most adored recording artist, or award winning athlete, but chances are you have dreams too. They might be small, and you might be so busy with the rest of your life that they’ve fallen by the wayside… maybe you think they’re silly or impossible. The idea that your big (or tiny!) wild idea isn’t attainable is a story you might not realize you’re telling yourself.

Pay attention: What separates you or I from the Beyonces or Williams sisters of the world?

We all have the potential for greatness, but just how do we unleash it and turn our starry-eyed dreams into reality?

Mindset Matters

Your mindset is the established set of attitudes and thought processes that you live by. We pick up these attitudes early, sometimes even as children; when a trusted adult tells you something you love doing is frivolous, that can stick with you. It’s the unconscious internal monologue inside your head that leads you through your life, influencing each choice you make. High achievers, who fight the odds and reach their dreams, have a mindset geared for growth. They know that they can achieve anything with the right attitude, perseverance and ability to learn from their failures. They push themselves and work tirelessly (or tiredly… even superstars get tired, and then they go and practice anyway) for what they want. They know that they have the power to control their own destiny. It’s not about your circumstances, your age, your gender, or your bank account; it’s only about you. The only thing that stands between you and your dreams is you. You have the power to change your life, by changing your mindset.

Baby Steps

Despite what you may think, Beyonce wasn’t born with a Grammy. Venus and Serena had to learn how to walk before they ever picked up tennis racquets. It took them years and years of practice, years of failure and years of defeat. They took it one step at a time, mastering each challenge they met along the way, keeping their ultimate dream in sight. Unfortunately, we live in a society full of instants. We want what we want and we want it now! We don’t want to work for it, we just want to push a button and make it happen. This kind of attitude will get you nowhere, fast. We have to remember that great things take time and we have to inch towards them, slowly. If we break our grandiose dreams up into smaller, more achievable chunks, we will be on our way to achieving our own version of greatness before we know it. This may seem obvious, but so few of us do it. We forget the importance of the feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes from short-term success and how it can propel us into the future. So, think about your dreams and your goals and what you can do in the short term to get there, starting right now. What if you committed to practicing one skill every day for the next 30 days? How far do you think you could travel along the road to mastery? Only one way to find out...

Be Bold –Take Chances

You’ve got to step out of your comfort zone, push the boundaries of your existence and explore the possibilities. With an open mind and an optimistic disposition, you have the ability to do or be whatever or whomever you desire. The champions of the world don’t sit around and wait for things to come to them, they go out and get them. The ability to take chances opens you up to new experiences and opportunities. You may learn something new or meet someone new that can lead you down a path that you never expected for yourself. You might fall down and scrape your knee, or feel embarrassed when your enthusiasm outstrips your skill for a while. You might spill your coffee down your front right before your big audition. Accept that failure is inevitable, sometimes painful and almost always temporary. There can be no success without failure and you are in control of how you handle the setbacks in life. With a positive mindset, you will have the ability to bounce back from anything.

Take it from Thomas Jefferson, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done”.

Don’t Dream It, Be It

I’m not just talking about dreams that take you to the oval office, or to winning gold at the Olympics or becoming the first person to travel to Mars. I’m talking about every dream, no matter how big or how small. Do you dream of mastering the ukulele? That counts! Learning how sing, just for yourself, just in the shower? That counts! Trying standup comedy for the first time? That counts! Whatever your heart screams out to you, whatever your definition of greatness may be, you can get there.  Don’t push things aside because you don’t think you’re cut out for them and don’t watch other people accomplish things that you wish you could accomplish. Find a way to make them happen. Unleash your inner champion and don’t stop until you’ve tasted all the new experiences you can.