What Size Is Your Tank? Overcoming Limiting Factors

I heard an intriguing fact about a certain fish called the Oscar fish. This particular fish when placed in the right environment has the ability to reach its potential size of 16 inches. The Oscar fish, however, if placed in a limited environment, such as a small confined fish tank, will never grow to reach its full potential. After hearing this interesting fact it made me wonder: How many people have lived, died, and never reached their full potential because their tank was too small?

Metaphorically speaking, your tank size can be a multitude of limiting factors that can keep you from reaching your full potential. These limiting factors can include:

•  Certain associations (the people you hang with, your connections)

As human beings, we are inherently social creatures who thrive on building relationships and fostering connections with others. However, not all associations are beneficial or conducive to our personal growth and development. In fact, some relationships can actually hinder our progress and hold us back from reaching our full potential. It is essential to actively seek out and cultivate relationships that support and empower your growth. Surround yourself with individuals who inspire you, challenge you, and believe in your potential. Seek out mentors, coaches, or friends who share your values and goals and who encourage you to be the best version of yourself.

•  Mindsets (how you think)

In our relentless pursuit of personal and professional growth, we often encounter various challenges that hinder our progress. These challenges are not always external; in fact, many of them stem from our own mindsets and beliefs. Limiting mindsets, if left unchecked, can severely hinder our potential for growth and success.

One of the most well-known limiting mindsets is the fixed mindset, which entails the belief that our abilities and intelligence are fixed traits that cannot be changed. This can lead to a fear of failure and a reluctance to take risks or try new things. In contrast, a growth mindset involves the belief that our abilities can be developed through effort and perseverance. Those with a growth mindset are more resilient, open to challenges, and willing to learn from their mistakes.

To overcome a fixed mindset, it is essential to cultivate a growth mindset by embracing challenges, seeking feedback, and viewing failures as opportunities for growth.

•  Your comfort zones

Comfort zones are a natural part of the human experience; they provide a sense of familiarity and security that can be comforting. However, remaining within these boundaries for too long can hinder personal growth and success. In order to reach your full potential and achieve your goals, it’s essential to push past these limitations and step outside of your comfort zone.

Comfort zones are the psychological spaces in which an individual feels safe, secure, and at ease. These zones are comprised of familiar routines, environments, and behaviors that require minimal effort and pose little risk. While there is nothing inherently wrong with seeking comfort, staying entrenched in these zones for prolonged periods can create a barrier to personal growth and development. When you confine yourself to your comfort zone, you limit your exposure to new experiences, challenges, and opportunities for learning and advancement.

Where do you stand?

After reading the commentary above, I want to present two questions to you. What size is your tank? Will your current environments allow you to reach your full potential?  It’s imperative that you face and answer these questions if you want to continue to grow and be all God has purposed you to be. It’s not always easy to leave behind the familiar, but I guarantee it will be worth it in the end.

Your Next Step Coaching for Success Minute:

•  Identify the tanks that are too small in your life
•  Identify why you have chosen to remain in these environments (fear, hate change, etc.)
•  For each area of your life devise a strategy to move to a larger tank size
•  Make a conscious decision to grow and celebrate your growth

© Tarsha L. Campbell, All Rights Reserved, Use only with permission

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