As the great Nelson Mandela said, “There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Powerful words from a man who left an incredible legacy. They challenge you and I to consider the all-important question… “Am I living up to my full potential?”

Life is too short and far too valuable to settle for mediocrity. Here are four principles that can help you unleash your full potential…

1. Make small changes. See big improvements.

The biggest mistake most people make is trying to change too much too fast! Although there is great merit in setting lofty goals, they can often have an adverse effect. Take physical fitness for example. Getting healthier doesn’t have to take a ton of time and effort. Studies show that just thirty minutes of daily activity can be incredibly beneficial to your health (reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, lose weight, and improve your concentration, for example). Yet trying to get results too fast can lead to injuries, setbacks, and abandoning your fitness regime altogether. Focus on making smaller changes and start seeing big improvements!

The Living Richly Podcast | Lead Your Life. Not Just Your Business.2. Arm yourself with the power of knowledge.

Have you ever planned a road trip? In order to arrive at your destination successfully, you need to know your point of origin and your target destination, and you need a way to measure your progress along the way in order to make sure you’re on track. The same principle applies to many areas of our life. We can’t change something until we fully understand it. We need to know the facts in order to maximize our potential.

Don’t leave your life’s legacy to chance or guesswork! Get and stay informed. Know what you want, what you need to do or change to achieve it, and what to track in order to gauge your growth.

3. Focus on what matters most… Habits!

You want to know the difference between people who unleash their full potential and those who don’t? The former have developed the necessary habits to make success part of their daily routine. They understand that greatness is achieved in the little things they do every day, in other words, their habits. Let’s be honest. Motivation and inspiration may get you started, but your habits are what keep you in the game over the long haul.

4. Get a coach to get maximum results faster!

Did you see that one coming? Maybe you’re thinking, “Well, he’s a coach… Of course he’d suggest that!” It’s no secret that I am a big fan of coaching, not only because I thoroughly enjoy helping others achieve their full potential, but also because I’ve experienced the power of coaching in my own life! My coaches and mentors help me stay focused on what’s important, follow through on my commitments, and develop the habits necessary for success. I am such a firm believer in the power of coaching that everyone at Rhapsody receives coaching also. Even Olympians, the ultimate athletes, need a coach.

I think the following quote sums it up nicely…

I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities. ~Bob Nardelli, CEO of Home Depot

These four simple principles can help you get a lot more out of life. What other strategies do you employ to unleash your full potential? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

Eric Deschamps | Ottawa Business Coach

Eric DeschampsBusiness Coach Ottawa

Co-Founder of Rhapsody Strategies

“Helping others succeed has always been my passion. There is no greater feeling in the world than coming alongside someone and empowering them to achieve their goals and dreams.” I work with individuals with a single and simple purpose: to help them define and attain their goals, one step at a time. Through the coaching relationship, I help business owners and professionals achieve more by delivering world-class growth strategies, tools and advice individually tailored to each owner and his/her business.