• Barbara Murphy-Shannon

One Quick and Easy Way to Reach Your Potential

Updated: 4 days ago

Am I working or living up to MY potential?

It's a common question I hear from my clients.

They wonder if they're holding back, maybe if they just work a little harder, push more, do more.... maybe, they'll be working/living up to their potential.

But they have it all WRONG.

Potential is not limited by what we on our own can achieve; rather, our success is amplified by the successes of those around us, according to Shawn Achor in his book Big Potential.

For decades, we have thought about potential as being a constellation of individual traits: your creativity, your abilities, your intelligence. But new research shows that this version of potential--what Achor calls Small Potential--is deeply flawed, and places a ceiling on the level of success we can achieve.

Because we now know that all these traits are in fact interconnected and that by pursuing success individually, we have been leaving much of our potential untapped.

Big Potential works not in isolation, but rather as part of an ecosystem.

Drawing on cutting-edge original research as well as his work with entrepreneurs, executives, educators, and leaders around the globe, Achor explains how we can all lift the ceiling on our potential by helping others realize theirs.

The people around us matter a lot, according to Achor. “The height of your potential is predicted by the people who surround you.”

"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life forever" ~Amy Poehler.

Just as being around negative, unmotivated people drains our energy and potential, “surrounding ourselves with positive, engaged, motivated, and creative people causes our positivity, engagement, motivation, and creativity to multiply,” according to Achor.

“The best relationships are built on reciprocal bonds,” writes Achor. In other words, don’t reach out to your network only when you need something; make a habit of reaching out to them to offer something with no expectation of anything in return.

I've been going it alone for the last couple of years —working hard on building my coaching business but "going it alone" as pointed out here, it will only get you so far.

I believe we all should have a coach(little bias but absolutely true) and a strong positive network that will challenge and inspire you to do your best work so you can live up to your potential.

I'd like to introduce you to my coach, mentor, collaborator and client, Troy Henson, Leadership and Business Coach, and founder of Evoc Excellence. Troy has over 20-years experience coaching entrepreneurs and leadership teams and a master at strategic planning, leadership training, and productivity.






Troy and I started working together in March (Mike introduced us, they golf on the same league) and I'm so grateful that we developed an alliance. We have very different "zone of genius" which compliments each other and makes us better coaches.

He helps me by sharing his wisdom and experience from 20-years of coaching entrepreneurs and business leaders and I reciprocate by sharing my 30+ years of multi-passionate, unicorn abilities and student of all that is psychology-driven (fancy way of saying, I know a lot about many obscure subjects due to my love of learning about what makes people tick).

We are collaborating and in the process of creating exciting new business, leadership, and productivity programs and online courses that I'll be sharing soon.


Billionaire Warren Buffett once offered this advice to Columbia University business school students: “You want to associate with people who are the kind of person you’d like to be. You’ll move in that direction.”


To help you reach your potential, I created this "Know Your Network Chart" Free Downloadable PDF - Click Here.





Barbara Murphy-Shannon, Psy.M. is a Mindset Breakthrough Business Coach for Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders. Sign up for my weekly blog or reach out at Barbara@barbaramurphyshannon.com

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