the direction of your life. Only your self-concept limits you
from achieving your fullest capacity. Since changes in
behavior generally precede changes in attitude, action directed
toward your vision will increase your sense of purpose and belief in
the possibility of success.
How can you
develop a self-concept linked to your untapped potential?
First, you can decide on the kind of life you would like to lead in
ten or fifteen years. This will give you a standard for making
decisions about current activities and will reduce the inclination
to compare yourself unfavorably to others. Learn to ask,
"How would I handle this situation were I the person I
hope to become?" And then take action in line with your
activity has no relationship to your vision, you may realize that
you don't want to choose it. Would the person that you want to
be take on those extra tasks, drive a particular automobile, engage
in particular business practices? Defining your vision will
minimize your indecision in making choices about matters unrelated
to your goals.
promise themselves that some day they are going to "let
go" and do what they want to do. Unfortunately, the day
never comes. Only when circumstances push them to a point
where they have "nothing to lose" do they do what they
have always wanted to do.