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Many find themselves asking these kinds of questions: Am I living up to my potential? Am I happy with where I am? Is this my dream?

Unfortunately, countless people live with these questions and aren’t sure what to do about them, and as a result, they come to think that their accomplishments are insignificant or they harbor mistakes that discourage further improvement. While there are many reasons why people restrain themselves from reaching their full potential, here are three examples of false truisms that may be inhibiting growth.

Timing & Inspiration Gaps

Phrases like “just wait for the right time” or “look for some inspiration first” are heard daily. Need to get started on a project? “Find inspiration to get going.” Tired at your job and want a change? “Do some research and wait for the right moment.” The problem with these statements is that they do not encourage people to do something—instead, they promote procrastination and stagnation.

Rather than waiting for the “right time,” get started on it as soon as you think of it. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.” Even if you only lay one brick, or take one step, each day, you are still making forward progress. Once you have gotten started, it will be far easier to finish. The inspiration will follow shortly after beginning.

You must entirely match all job requirements to apply

This “truism” is one of the most harmful. Many people miss out on great opportunities because they think they do not meet the application requirements. They fear rejection or failure and choose not to apply, but the truth is that job postings outline the “ideal” candidate for the position, although a lot of times the requirements far exceed the talent supply in the market. If the description fits except for a few details, APPLY for the job! Other skills, talents, and experience can outweigh things that are lacking from a resume. For example, a strong interview that highlights strong communication skills and an ability to grow can make up for the year of experience that a resume is missing.

Leadership skills develop naturally with time

Some people may be inclined to think that with new position and responsibilities, leadership skills will gradually advance on their own. However, it is the opposite that is, in fact, true. By thinking that leadership skills will develop over time, a person is diminishing the chances of building strong skills. First, research and reading should be done to get a better understanding of what leadership is, and then to grasp techniques on how to introduce and implement the newly learned skills. While establishing oneself as a leader, remember to ask for continuous feedback from peers, bosses, and employees.