We have nearly limitless potential, yet too few ever try to reach it. Why? The answer lies in this: we can do anything, but we can’t do everything – John Maxwell
Here is a litmus test for yourself: Do I say “No” more often than I say “Yes” (to projects, proposals, invitations, business opportunities etc.)?
If you answered in the affirmative, you are probably already on the right track. If not, chances are you are wasting your potential on everything instead of reaching your potential in something.
For many of us, life is not lacking in opportunities. What is lacking is the gift of saying “no” to what does not matter so that we can say yes to what matters.
Here is a test you can apply to the next invitation/opportunity/distraction coming your way:
- Does it line up with my personal vision for the future?
- Does it add value to my core mission?
- Will it further my goals?
And a disclaimer here: For these questions to work, you already need to be clear about your own personal vision, mission and goals in life. If you have not written them down yet, do it before you do anything else!
In order to reach our potential we need to find our niche and work at it. However tempting it may be to try and solve all the worlds problems or dabble in every good business opportunity we will end up doing nothing when we try to do everything.