Your Greatest Potential is Ahead of You – Make this New Year Your Best Year Yet!

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Did you know the best is still to come?

At least that’s where your greatest potential lies. Ahead of you. Not behind you.

Have you bought into the lie? The one that says our best days were behind us? That you can’t be better? That the you that existed 10 or 20 years ago is the best you there will be?

To reach your fullest potential you must have all the right pieces in place.

Think about this for a minute. Maybe it’s a cop-out. Maybe it’s easier to do nothing if you believe you can’t be in the “shape” you once were.

The truth is, you have an opportunity, and potential, to be the best you can be in the future. It’s possible you will even be better than who you were previously; however, it’s important to understand that to reach this potential you must have the right pieces in place.

Even Science Tells Us We’re Still Maturing

As you continue to age, your muscles continue to grow and develop. Your ability to develop is only limited by your own genetic potential. Understanding where that genetic potential lies and reaching it should be everyone’s long-term goal.

You can continue to reach for, and express, your full genetic potential when you focus on:

– Eating Right

– Regular Exercise

And

– Limit Stress

Many lean on the lie that growing older means you grow feeble and weak. That all that lies ahead is poor health and becoming more and more weak.

Why do we do this? Why would you want to believe this?

Acknowledging the potential that’s ahead of you is the first step to achieving it.

The reality is, it’s easier. It’s easier to believe that all that lies ahead as we age is a decline in health. It takes the pressure off you to feel the need to push yourself to be your best because it’s easier to believe the best is behind you. Reaching your full potential takes work, but when you start by acknowledging that the potential exists, you give yourself a solid place to start.

Setting Proper Expectations to Break Through to a Better You

Expectations can be dangerous. If you set them too high, you risk the potential of burnout, losing interest or setting yourself up to fail. If you set them too low, then you won’t ever truly push hard enough to reach your goals.

So, how do you do ensure that your setting expectations for yourself that will put you right where you want to be and help your progress verse hinder it?

Setting appropriate expectations for yourself can be difficult, but it isn’t impossible. You must start with being honest with yourself in 4 key areas. To set proper expectations you must:

– Set Appropriate Goals [LINK to goal setting article]

– Set proper Timelines [Possible link to “skipping steps art]

– Ensure Your Actions Meet the Requirements of Your Goals

– Be Honest About Your Personal Reality

When you focus on these four key points when preparing to reach your fullest potential, you set yourself up for success. Is it possible that this success will take longer than you originally thought? Yes. Absolutely. The important thing to remember is that if you’re reaching for your fullest potential then you aren’t looking for a quick fix. You’re looking for consistent change and improvement over time.

Acknowledge Where You’re Truly Starting and What Weaknesses Are Present.

Many of us don’t like admitting our weaknesses. That’s the point of having a goal though isn’t it? To acknowledge a change needs to be made and that in some area you may have a weakness that you want to address. We also like to believe that we are starting out in a much better position than we really are. You know you want to get better, but you don’t want to admit exactly where you’re starting, or maybe you don’t know how.

What’s missed, however, is that you are probably tending to the weaknesses that you want to fix. Just as many of us, there are areas we may be weak that we don’t want to address because either we don’t know they exist, or we don’t want to admit they exist. What about you?

Is there an area you may be weak that will impact your ability to reach your fullest potential?

Whether it’s hating cardio, stretching, having a weakness for a good desert or a beer – if you don’t face it, it will impede your progress. These are typically areas we are aware of, but don’t want to acknowledge. These are the areas we should be prepared for and come up with a plan to beat, but when we don’t acknowledge the weakness, we lose the opportunity to get ahead of them.

Why does this matter? Why do you need to address your weaknesses and obtain a clear picture of where you’re starting?

If you don’t know where you’re starting, you won’t truly understand what you need get where you’re going.

Having a goal, and a vision, of your best-self reaching your fullest potential is the first step. Next, you have to understand where “Point A” really is. If you can’t, you won’t be able to navigate the course effectively.

Three things to help you navigate these areas and ensure you get the best start possible are to:

– Utilize Training Assessments

– Focus on the 9 Key Components of a Complete Program [ LINK]

– Acknowledge Any Fears You May Have

These areas can each help guide you to find your truest starting point as well as assist in the acknowledgement of weaknesses that may be present. It’s amazing how quick you will find yourself seeing results when these areas are addressed sooner rather than later.

Making It All Come Together to Reach Your Fullest Potential in the New Year

Putting the pieces together can be the hardest part in all of this. Did you know that 92% of people who set New Year’s Resolutions quit them? Most quit by the end of February. Only 8% truly achieve any of the goals they set. Why is this?

There are a lot of reason that people quit, but it comes to your health it’s because it’s hard. It takes effort and what many miss is the importance of addressing the areas listed above. The next part, however, is actually putting it all into practice and putting all the pieces together.

You have to set appropriate expectations for yourself and understand that this year is setting you up for next year; however, it will put you in a better position to continue to improve and succeed.

When you realize your potential, set proper and realistic expectations, acknowledge where you’re stating you allow yourself to create a roadmap that will point you towards success. You still have to do the work. You still have to put the pieces together day in and day out, but with the right map you can reach your fullest potential.

At M3 we want to help you ensure you reach your fullest potential by assisting you with each step along the way. Contact one of our Coaches now [link] to discuss your needs and what M3 can do to help you get where you want to go!