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The greatest sin is not living up to your full potential. It’s squandering your gifts.

The main culprit behind your unmet potential is fear.

What Holds You Back is Your Fear

Maybe you are afraid of your own voice. You are embarrassed because you are afraid of other people judging you. If you share your voice, people will hear you, and you can’t control what they think or say. You doubt yourself, so you withhold your gift.

You might be afraid of failure. It could be that you believe that a failure would define you, that it would be an identity and not simply an event. Maybe you think you couldn’t recover.

As difficult as it is to believe, you might avoid living up to your full potential because you fear success. Your success might make the people around you feel uncomfortable or jealous. They might think you’ve changed, and because they fear losing you, they may be unhappy with your success. Rather than help them feel certain you aren’t abandoning them, you hold back.

Another reason you don’t reach your full potential is apathy.

You Are Here for a Reason

Perhaps you aren’t taking the massive action necessary to reach your potential because you think you have time. You don’t do what you should be doing today, telling yourself you will always have tomorrow. But today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and you’ve told yourself “I’ll start tomorrow,” more times than you care to remember.

You could be suffering from the belief that if you are good enough that someone will discover you. So you sit and wait to be discovered, believing that success is something that happens to you and not because you chased it down, hustling, and pursuing it as if your life depended on it.

When you are honest with yourself, you know that you can be more, do more, create more, have more, and make a far greater contribution than you are now. The greatest sin is not doing your very best to use everything you’ve been given.

You were given this life for a purpose. You are here for a reason. Face your fears, give up your apathy, and become the biggest, best version of yourself.

Post by Anthony Iannarino on December 23, 2015

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Anthony Iannarino
Anthony Iannarino is a writer, an author of four books on the modern sales approach, an international speaker, and an entrepreneur. Anthony posts here daily.
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