Are You Aware of Your Potential?

I love the start of a New Season, watching nature repaint the landscape and for Autumn, harking back to my schooldays, September - a new year, new term and new possibilities....

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So how do you feel about the "new season?"  Are you raring to go, or ready to snuggle up in the duvet and hide?

How about a game of tennis? 

Timothy Gallwey in his book the "Inner Game of Tennis" talks about our potential and uses this equation:

Performance = Potential - Interference

In other words, whether you win the tennis game (performance) will depend on your ability to learn and play to your strengths (potential), whilst taking charge of, and dealing with, those obstacles and gremlins that can get in your way (interference).  

Finding ways to increase your potential and reduce obstacles will ensure you achieve your best possible performance.

Why would you seek to give your best possible performance, I hear you cry?  Well, optimum performance, or success, means different things to different people.  Perhaps it's a promotion, a successful business, to be able to enjoy fabulous holidays, to provide well for your family....your definition of success, is just that...your definition of success.

Michael Neill's research tell us that common obstacles getting in the way of us achieving our dreams include: 

•             Money - I can't afford it

•             Time - There's not enough time in the day

•             Skills - I don't have the skills for that

•             Information - I don't know what to do

•             Belief - It will never happen for me

•             Wellbeing - I'm too tired/stressed/ill to deal with this

•             Motivation - I can't get started

•             Fear - I feel sick at the thought of it

•             Other People - My partner/children/boss makes it difficult for me


Knowing what you are aiming for and what is getting in your way are only 2 parts of the equation.  What about your talents, your strengths? 

Take some time to answer the following questions...and if you really can't answer them why not ask a trusted friend for their opinion:

1.            What one word or phrase describes you best?

2.            What do you think is your greatest achievement?

3.            What do you value most about yourself?

4.            What do you believe is your greatest strength?


These answers will give you insight into your inner resources, your talents and strengths that can be built upon to increase your potential..... the capabilities to draw on to overcome those obstacles.

Now you have the most important asset of all AWARENESS. 

Knowing the 3 parts of this equation and how they relate to you, then deciding to take action, will put you firmly on the road to success. 

So go on, crawl out from under that duvet and raise your face to the sun.  

ACT!  Action Changes Things!

Michelle Tranter

Career and Life Coach , Fields of Change Ltd - Achieve More, Live More

The World of Work can often be a challenging place to be. I am a qualified Personal Development, Career and Business Coach, with significant personal experience of leadership development, HR and Operational Management roles. Having worked with clients from many sectors, I understand the often difficult and sensitive nature of the situations being faced. Specialising in working with the human inside the job title, I help you to explore what is really going on for you, who you are, what you want and how you will get there. Whether you are looking for work, facing difficult times at work/home or feeling stuck in a rut and want to "reboot", I can help. Work with me face to face or via Skype/Phone/Facetime I am a: - Featured Expert with Abintegro (the career development portal) - Associate Career Transition Coach for Hays Plc, - Recruitment and Talent Assessor for a number of companies - Associate Leadership Development Facilitator for North Lindsey College and KSL-Training. I offer one-to-one sessions, workshops, webinars and also work with teams in organisations. Free taster sessions

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