5 Tips To Help You To Discover Your Maximum Potential

“You do not become good by trying to be good, but by finding the goodness that is already within you.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Don’t doubt yourself. You are more than enough.

You are good enough. If no one else tells you that, I will reaffirm that you are good enough to do whatever you want in life. Life is too short for you to paralyze yourself with doubts.

I used to doubt my capabilities, and I was so unhappy and frustrated with life. I tried to bury myself in self-help books to find the answers to achieve success and happiness. One book after another, I kept reading, but I had little results to show for it.

The pain became unbearable, particularly when my friends made fun of the books that I read.

But I didn't give up. I kept on searching for answers by listening to audio books, reading books, and attending seminars by revered masters in the topic of personal development. One baby step at a time, I started to apply the knowledge I had gained.

That's when things started to change around me. Once I started applying what I learned, I:

  • Created a popular personal development blog without any technical skills.
  • Started exercising regularly, ate healthier, and lost thirteen pounds in the process.
  • Wrote an eBook to help others to unleash their maximum potential.
  • Completed two half marathons and registered for the full marathon at the end of 2010.

After I took action and saw results, I felt much happier and more peaceful with myself. My doubts slowly started to fade away. I thought to myself, “Maybe I am really good enough to achieve in life.”

I am good enough.

This is all any of us need to know. When you believe in yourself, your potential isn't something you need to reach; it's something waiting to be discovered.

I want to let you know you are capable of doing anything you want in life. You don't need to suffer with your doubts.

Here are five ideas to help clear your doubts, build your confidence, and find the sleeping potential within you:

1. Make a conscious choice to pursue personal growth.

The decision to change and grow is a powerful tool that can help you move forward. Make a decision that you will start to pursue growth. Start reading books and blogs about stretching yourself, listen to audio books, or attend seminars with other like-minded people.

Materials and mentors are everywhere. There are many blogs, books, and podcasts on personal development. Tiny Buddha is a good place to start. Go read up the articles and quotes in this blog. There are many lessons and tips that can help you discover your inner potential.

2. Set a goal to work toward.

It's easy to feel aimless when you don't have a concrete goal you're working toward. Narrow in on what you'd like to accomplish in the near future. Maybe it's to get fit, start your own business, or clear your debts. The point is to get specific about exactly what you'd like to do and when.

Ask yourself, “If I knew I couldn't fail, what would I want to achieve?” Don't drag out this process by trying to find the perfect answer. There is no perfect answer, and the only way you can find the answer is through trial and error.

When you delay action, you make it harder to identify the things you'd enjoy doing. The only way to learn is to jump into something that sounds right and make adjustments as you go.

3. Take baby steps.

Action fights doubts. By taking small steps, you're building evidence to show your mind that you are more and can do more than you think.

Now that you have something to aim for, brainstorm for ways to get yourself to where you want to be. A good plan is to look to people who have already done what you'd like to do.

Seek them out and learn from them. You can find out whether they have blog, coaching programs, or books that you can read. Having a mentor will help you accelerate your growth progress. They can help point out what you need to do and avoid to follow in their footsteps.

4. Keep a success list.

We all need reminders that we are good enough. You are more than capable enough to achieve whatever you want to achieve, but you might forget that when you hit an obstacle. A success list can help to remind you why you shouldn't let go of your confidence.

A success list is the collection of all your accomplishments. Get a book or create a personal blog. Record all accomplishments regardless it is big or small. Here are some examples of what you can record in your success list.

  • Completed all your tasks in your to-do list
  • Workout for three days in a week
  • Jogged around your block
  • Created your own blog
  • Attracted 10 subscribers to your blog

Don’t worry about whether your accomplishments are big or small. If it is an accomplishment, just record it down in your success list.

When you start to doubt yourself, go get your success list. Look at all of the positive things you've done. Remind yourself that you are capable and you have the evidence to prove it.

Large accomplishments are really just a collection of small accomplishments. Your confidence will also grow when you are aware that you are accomplishing something.

5. Set your own bench mark.

Don't ever think that your accomplishments are too small to be proud of. It may seem that way if you start comparing yourself to other people. Even if you complete a marathon, there will be others out there who completed an iron man race. It's an endless cycle when you compare yourself to others all the time.

Set your own benchmark. Be proud of yourself if you're making progress. Some people progress faster than others will. That's okay. Life is not a sprint; it's a marathon.

Focus on what you can do to improve yourself instead of comparing yourself to other people. Keep growing, setting goals, and moving forward, one step at a time, and you will continually impress yourself.

It doesn’t matter how slowly we go. What matters is that we keep going.

About Vincent Tan

Vincent writes at HealthMoneySuccess, a personal development blog that teaches you how to change your life and design your desired lifestyle. Get his free ebook, Unleash Your Maximum Potential by signing up for his free personal development newsletter. You can subscribe to his blog to receive his latest updates and you can add him on Twitter @vincent_tan

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  • The best way to boost confidence is to celebrate tiny victories. Yep, you should divide your tasks into baby steps and then enjoy the win. Celebration is the best way to reach into the bottom of your heart and find out what you really can do. That’s what we call ‘feeling good’ all the time.

  • A great post, Vincent. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Most of my ‘doubts’ are of my own creation – they come from my mind – many of them are not true. Breaking through that ‘doubt’ barrier and into confidence is a wonderful thing – the more confidence I feel the more confident I become – spiral up, or spiral down – it’s up to me. Thanks for a great post.

  • Good post Vincent,

    Our doubts are nothing but useless thoughts created by our mind by its filtering process. The more negative information we subject our mind to, the more our brain will filter our thoughts in conjunction with that information. Confidence is not a ‘thing’, confidence, or lack of it, is the result of habitual negative thinking. Just being aware of the information you take in on a daily basis can have a dramatic impact on your beliefs about reality and can either reinforce negative beliefs, or create positive ones.

    Taking responsibility for your future is achieved by changing the way you think “today”

    We are far more powerful than we give ourselves credit for.

  • Very nice post. It’s said that the only way to really know our limits is to go beyond them.

  • Alison

    Thanks, Vincent. “Action fights doubt,” I am putting on my gloves and stepping into the ring for a round of inspiring action steps. Your insight and practicality are very helpful.

  • Lucy

    my favorite line here, “When you believe in yourself, your potential isn’t something you need to reach; it’s something waiting to be discovered.”

    thanks Vincent. this was an inspiring post. 🙂

  • Kate

    Thank you for this – it is exactly what I needed to read. 🙂

  • Vincent Tan


  • Hi Declan

    Thanks for reading. 🙂

    The information we take in is like the diet we are having. Taking junk food is only going to destroy our health in the long run. Information wise, it is the same.

    I’m a huge believer in “we are what we think”. If we think we can, we can. I totally agree that we are far more powerful than we think we are.


  • Hi Kate,

    I’m glad that you like this article.

    It is time to take action and take control of your life now. 🙂


  • You’re welcome. 🙂

  • You’re welcome. 🙂

  • Hi Alison,

    I once heard this from Tony Robbins, “Action = Emotion”.

    Action will dismiss the doubts in your mind. I wish you great success in your journey.


  • Hi Alison,

    I once heard this from Tony Robbins, “Action = Emotion”.

    Action will dismiss the doubts in your mind. I wish you great success in your journey.


  • Hi Big Zen,

    “the only way to really know our limits is to go beyond them”

    I like what you had said. 🙂

  • Hi Big Zen,

    “the only way to really know our limits is to go beyond them”

    I like what you had said. 🙂

  • Hi supernalsteve,

    Thanks for commenting.

    Our mind plays with us. I find that doubts and fear are mostly illusions that we created. Yes, you are right. We can choose to either go up or down. It is all up to choice. Once we are aware of this, we know the sky is the limit.

  • Hi supernalsteve,

    Thanks for commenting.

    Our mind plays with us. I find that doubts and fear are mostly illusions that we created. Yes, you are right. We can choose to either go up or down. It is all up to choice. Once we are aware of this, we know the sky is the limit.

  • I’m glad that you enjoy the article and you’re welcome.

  • Hi Jaky Astik,

    I’m all with you. It is important to celebrate tiny victories. It is a great way to keep us motivated at all times.

  • I got to thanks Lori for giving me this opportunity to share my article at Tiny Buddha.

    I will be here to answer all the comment, so drop a comment here if you have any question.


  • Hey Vincent, how are you 🙂

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  • Alicia

    I was wondering if you have any advice on publishing ebooks. I have a great fitness one that I would love to share with the world. Thanks

  • Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!

    Henry Ford

  • Hi Alicia,

    What type of advice are you looking for? I am about to publish an eBook here in the next couple of months. If you’d like, you can email me at email(AT)


  • karthik339

    Awesome writeup Vincent

  • Nabila Wulandary Malik

    thank you Vincent, for this precious information.
    honestly I didn’t know about my self-potential until this 21 age. and even though it’s too late for me to read this. but I hope through your tips, I can find the potential in my self.

  • Ankush Bhat

    helped a lot thankyou.

  • अनिता हिराचन

    wow,So Impressive and Motivative Articles. Thanks Tinybuddha

  • Tika Argvliani

    that’s very helpful tips, but what can we do when things go bad and mood swings?