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December 11, 2019
172: Fulfilling your potential

Is the weight of your potential weighing you down? Potential can be both a blessing and a curse. When you feel fulfilled, you are able to focus on the task at hand and complete your best work. If you possess a greater potential than the task at hand requires, over time, completing this task will leave you feeling unfulfilled. In this week’s episode, inspired by Charli’s blog post, we go deep and talk about how fulfilled we feel right now, the weight of potential and getting unstuck.

key takeaways

The ability to see your own potential is a wonderful thing. It can inspire you, motivate you and help you to feel fulfilled. However when you feel that your daily tasks and lifestyle are not fulfilling the potential you’ve identified, it can crush your enthusiasm and make you feel unmotivated, unsure of what to do next.

If you are feeling unfulfilled, don’t worry. You are not alone in feeling this way. Depending on where you are in your career, these feelings might be signalling a time for change or a new challenge.

Figure out the areas in your work that are causing you to feel unfulfilled. Think about the areas of your work that you enjoy the most and the ones that cause you unhappiness. Discuss your thoughts with your manager if you are in a supportive workplace, ask for their help in addressing the areas causing you concern.

Be specific about your goals. This will help you to figure out if the work you are doing is helping you to progress in the right direction. If you know that the work you are completing has a purpose in achieving your goal, it will help you to feel fulfilled. If you are not progressing in the direction you intend, something needs to change.

show timestamps

01.48 – Charli’s blog post (the inspiration for this podcast)
04.55 – Evaluating your potential
13.49 – Feeling unfulfilled
20.30 – Getting help
22.00 – What fulfilling your potential looks like
25.10 – Catch up

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