yourSecondWind is all about unleashing your full potential and carving out a life of significance. A crucial element is determining what truly matters to you. As soon as your path is congruent with this, you will find yourself naturally building on your experiences and strengths. Your motivation will lead you to tap into your latent reserves and you will achieve and contribute far more than you ever thought possible.
As a keen student of the ingredients of enduring success and of creating significance, I have distilled 10 top tips. These are based on my academic study of flourishing, my practical experience in navigating the corporate world and in coaching and mentoring others. If you are already fully on board with these tips I salute you. I would love to hear your story. This will be a great source of inspiration. Equally, if you have other tips, please feel free to share them with me. If you are transitioning towards unleashing your full potential and carving out a life of significance and would like help en route, please let me know. I will gladly schedule a complimentary 15-minute call to see if I am the right person to partner with you. Contact me now
Top 10 tips for unleashing your full potential and carving out a life of significance
Get to know yourself and revel in being you
Many of us are busy fulfilling the various roles in our lives and don’t take the time to take stock of whether we are on the right path. We need to look inwards, build our self-awareness and be authentic before we can maximise our impact and influence on others.
If being you isn’t allowed or appreciated change the field of engagement
A degree of compromise is necessary. However, if you feel that you are a square peg in a round hole then something has to give. Being squashed, or taking a battering to fit in, is a high price to pay and is not the hallmark of a life lived to its full potential.
Identify and play to your strengths
Evidence from the scientific study of flourishing, Positive Psychology, shows that harnessing our strengths is the route to personal and professional fulfilment. Fixing weaknesses has a fraction of the upside of capitalising on strengths and is much less enjoyable.
Cultivate resilience, optimism and a learning mindset – each can be learned
The seminal work of Dr Martin Seligman and of Dr Carol Dweck highlight the power of resilience, optimism and a learning mindset in overcoming obstacles and growing into our full potential. You can choose your attitudes and use tried and tested tools to move forward.
Learn to ask for and give help freely
As we move towards an ever-more connected society there is unprecedented scope to offer and receive help. Generosity and goodwill are all that are required. The biggest barrier to asking for help is often a fear of feeling exposed or vulnerable. Yet, asking for assistance or advice may not only be the most effective approach but the judicious exposure of vulnerability by leaders attracts.
Explore what it means to live wholeheartedly
There is an infectious allure of those who are in their element, giving their all and palpably enjoying themselves in the process. Of course, “off days” are normal for us all but when “positive contagion” comes naturally we know we are doing what we were made for. Holding back and achievement are rare bedfellows.
Target “good busyness” whereby your activities are both effective and congruent with your values
Time is finite and, without intentionality, we can find ourselves spending it on the wrong things or in the wrong way. Rather than falling into the trap of seeing busyness as a badge of honour or a sign of being needed, work towards maximising time spent on what matters most to you. Being active and engaged in unleashing your full potential and building significance is “good busy.”
Prioritise doing one small thing which will make the biggest difference
Change may well require deep forethought but ultimately the need for action is inescapable. The most fulfilled people understand the value of prioritising their activities and of choosing to do the one small thing which will make the biggest difference.
Dare to be bold
Carving out a life of significance requires a commitment to others and a willingness to step up on their behalf. For some, there will be a standout contribution behind the scenes while others will publicly champion a cause. Either way, bold commitments are the route to a life well-lived.
Be kind to yourself and others
Allow yourself to imagine a world in which kindness is abundant in the workplace as well as in other walks of life. Recall the enduring memory of the simplest acts of kindness, especially from strangers. Kindness is a free and unbounded resource which has great power to bring out the very best in both ourselves and others. Being kind to ourselves is important too!
One of my exciting projects is the writing of a practical guide which is designed to help readers navigate their paths to success. It is full of prompts and revelations that will refresh your approach and take you forward. If you would like a sneak preview, contact me and I will send you one.
Keep well, keep connected,