Your Capacity

Reflections Say a Lot (Image: Shawn Ward)

Hitting a perceived ceiling or capacity, stinks. You hit that ceiling and not long after doubt your ability to deliver. Capacity may seem like it’s something that you cannot improve or increase. However, nothing could be a greater misconception. You can, with a little focus on some key capacity builders, consistently increase your capacity for optimizing yourself.

We’re going to stay in three areas that I have read and studied are the best at giving you a chance to increase your capacity:

  • Daily Courageousness
  • Supreme Focus
  • Consistent Curiosity

Daily take yourself into uncharted territory. These first steps into the unknown require you to flex your courage ranges. It’s like running down a hill. Once you start trotting down it, you won’t be able to stop, you’ll be breaking into a run. Running into uncharted new territory and an auspicious goal is invigorating. You learn a lot about yourself in those moments.

Supreme focus makes running down that hill easier. I didn’t say run down the hill blindly. That’s a path for disaster because if you’re not focused your bound to run into a hole. When you are supremely focused on what’s important to you and why it’s important it can be an accelerant in you pursuit of the goal itself. You won’t hesitate, you won’t second guess yourself, and you won’t wonder what could be. Being supremely focused you will know exactly what success looks like. Aside from the obvious you will also find a happy bit of fulfillment. The opposite of not being supremely focused on what’s ahead will create imbalance and misalignment.

What’s something you want to accomplish this week that you or your team has never done before? Approaching your week with curiosity brings greater clarity because as you begin the work of pursuing it, you learn/gain insight into how things/others work. Curiosity doesn’t kill the cat, it makes it smarter.

With regular practice in those capacity building strategies you will be able to lead up or down, lead yourself as well as others, and learn a great deal about what/why you are going after what you are going after. Purpose and intentionality in your work/life will give you fulfillment. An engaged and fulfilled life are two main ingredients required to living a happy life. Capacity building will make sure you have room to keep learning and building.

The size of your dreams must always exceed your capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. – Ellen Sirleaf

Hope your week starts well, don’t tap out, stretch your capacity. Thanks for reading.

✌🏻 Shawn

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