Your worst critic is usually the one that’s in your head.
It’s a sad reality to accept, but the majority of people are held back from developing their true potential and achieving greatness because of the personal limitations that they’ve set for themselves.
It’s not a purposeful act though. These setbacks are often triggered by low self-esteem, which can be overcome if you’re willing to apply two simple tricks to your current lifestyle.
Here’s how to conquer self-doubt and unlock your full potential.
I’m not sure how “up to date” you are with the newest gadgets and electronics, but in case you’re out of the loop, Apple Inc. just recently released the next iteration of their iPhone series.
Once again, the company claims that this is the most advanced smartphone to ever hit the shelves and while it’s hard to argue otherwise, there is one thing to point out…
Without a battery, this phone is useless!
It doesn’t matter how accurate the new facial recognition software is or how advanced the updated camera is, if the device is out of juice, it simply won’t work.
Bear with me for a second, but I want you to compare yourself to this iPhone…
Think of the battery life as the limitations for the phone itself. Now, how different is this charge from the own boundaries that you hold towards yourself?
In reality, there isn’t much of a distinction. Just as an iPhone is limited to the battery life it contains, you’re only limited to what you believe you can achieve. So, why not push the boundaries and expand your preconceived “limitations”?
There’s a famous quote by Shakespeare that states:
“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
This is nothing more than a poetic way of saying that the fear of stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new things is exactly what’s preventing you from reaching success.
Don’t fall victim to the negativity of your own self-doubt!
Challenge yourself and follow your instincts to expand your capabilities and overcome the lack of belief that you share towards yourself.
Take on a new hobby, lock yourself into a gym membership, finish a book that you’ve been meaning to read… there are plenty of ways to challenge yourself; however, the key is to complete whatever you’ve set out to accomplish.
Doing so, will provide you with a sense of achievement that can have a direct effect on your ego and overall self-esteem.
In the same sense, you should always strive to follow your instincts.
Ignoring the voice in your head and making yourself vulnerable to the things that you’re unaccustomed to will open the door to new experiences that are essential in terms of personal growth.
If you feel unconfident or inapt at accomplishing certain things, you’re holding back from unleashing your full potential and if that’s the case, then it’s time to make a change.
Don’t trick yourself into believing that you’re only capable of completing tasks within the power range that you’ve set for yourself. Unlike an iPhone, you’re not limited to a specific amount of battery power and there’s always room for improvement.
Push the limits and I guarantee you’ll discover that you’re capable of achieving much more than you originally thought.