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Reaching Our Potential

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

A black and white photo of two hikers summiting a mountain, walking on flat surface with the peak up ahead.

One of the reasons why I’m a coach is to help people reach their full potential. Each one of us has so much talent and skill, and we need help and accountability to bring it out of us. Many times we need to shed our layers of self-doubt, criticism, and fear to get where we want to go. We have to ignore our egos and do what we need to do to accomplish our goals.

One of our stumbling blocks that hinders our progress is the microwave desire. We want things to happen quickly, almost immediately. And if you ask anyone, they would more than likely say that goals take time to accomplish, that the process is what makes goals happen, and that effort and discomfort is part of the journey. We know this, but then expect things to happen quickly.

I chose this picture because it reminds me of the intentional work that happens behind the scenes when anyone wants to climb a very tall (more than 15,000 feet) mountain. Specific training is required, which stretches our physical bodies and mental faculties and takes months (and money). Specific gear is required, which costs money. Talking to people who’ve got the expertise you need also takes time and money. And yet thousands of people put in the time and training to climb tall mountains every year. It’s worth it to them and they follow through with their commitment to themselves.

As leaders, we can remind ourselves and our people that goals take time. We can set realistic milestones that remind us of what “realistic” is. If this is a challenge for you, get an accountability partner or coach to journey with you, to remind you of your potential, and to ask you questions to help you meet your goals.

Stay curious friends!

P.S. We’re here for you! Email us to schedule your free thirty-minute coaching session to dial in on what you want to accomplish in 2022. It’s never too late to dream big!

And make sure you’re listening to season one of the Dream Big Authentic Leadership podcast, found on Apple, Google, Spotify, and Stitcher.

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