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Cindy Bates

Vice President, US Small and Midsized Business & Distribution at Microsoft

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Living to your fullest potential

September 20, 2016

Know your worth and know that choosing to live to your fullest potential is how you create the most abundant happiness.

Many entrepreneurs are born from an undeniable desire to live life to its fullest potential. For some, the spark comes from a fellow entrepreneur; for others, inspiration strikes while working for a major corporation. Whatever the motivation, we could all use a bit of insight and encouragement along the way. In a three-part series for SMBs, Entrepreneur and Author Jen Groover shares the powerful lessons she’s learned on her path to success. The post below will help you take the first step towards a more fulfilling future. 

– Cindy

Often we have goals or dreams that we let go of because we have no idea how we would obtain them or worse, we believe we do not deserve them. We discount our abilities and strengths and focus on our weaknesses (or perceived weaknesses) to talk ourselves out of taking the risks that would be needed to achieve what we really want, but desire is where it all begins.

Becoming an author was a dream of mine for over a decade. The interesting part of that dream was when the desire first came to me I had no idea what the content would be, what my message would be or how I would ever get a publishing deal. This is one of the first lessons in the power of desire.

All you need to put a dream into motion is a deep-rooted desire. Once you have that desire and set the energy in motion, then you must have the faith that life will give you the experiences, lessons and people to move forward in the direction to achieving your goals.

Next, you must commit to the work of the journey with unwavering determination and perseverance. The journey itself provides you with many new goals and achievements along with failures, many of which you could never predict, but are very important as part of your process.

One other extremely important part of the equation is gratitude. I believe that gratitude is the emotion that brings depth into the journey; gives it real purpose. Being grateful for the good times and the lessons learned in the bad times gives meaning to whatever it is you are doing. It is an emotion that fuels your spirit and creates internal happiness.

Don’t wait for a new year to approach or a certain milestone to be reached before pausing to reflect on recent events and make new plans and goals for the future; both personally and professionally. Know that you truly have the power to create the life you choose. No matter where you are today, you constantly have choices to determine how your future can be.

Challenge yourself to reflect on what your purpose is, what you would like your legacy to be and commit to taking action steps to move closer toward those visions every day. Even if you don’t know how to “get to where you want to go,” gaining clarity and desire in your vision and maintaining gratitude will perpetuate better circumstances in your life along with incredible people who will be your teachers along your journey.

Know your worth and know that choosing to strive to live to your fullest human potential is how you create the most abundant intrinsic happiness that will radiate and positively affect the world around you.

This article originally appeared on Cindy Bates’ Blog.

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