Realizing the Potential

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I ate a lot of cheese today. When I say I ate a lot of cheese today, what I really mean is I ATE A LOT OF CHEESE TODAY. I’ve never been good at eyeballing 1 oz of cheese, so I think I probably had 4 oz actually. It was mozzarella and it tasted really good with my apple, and it wasn’t a cookie or a piece of cake, so I’m going to call it good, cause that’s how I roll.

I may be pursuing another job soon. There’s nothing wrong with my current job, but it has recently come to my attention that I may not be realizing my full earning potential. I was lamenting to my sister the other day about how frustrated I get sometimes with work and she said, “I know you can find another job. You won’t have any trouble finding another job.” So I started looking around for jobs in my field and lo and behold, there are a few jobs out there that pay substantially better than what I make now, doing roughly the same type of work. When I re-entered the work force 2 ½ years ago, I really never thought I could do any better than $10/hour. My degree is unusual and I had only a couple years of experience, but I some how managed to luck into a job whose decent salary makes it worth going to work every day. And I thought that this position would be the best that I could hope for, but now that I know that I have the potential to make more, I’m going for it. I know that I can do the work and I am worth a higher salary – I just had to realize that I was worth it. All this thinking about my earning potential made me start thinking that maybe I have the potential to finally lose these 30 extra pounds of baby weight I have been carrying around for the last 12 years (note to self: I don’t think you can call it baby weight when that “baby” turns 12). Maybe I do have the potential to work out hard and make the tough choices when it comes to food.  But realizing that I can do it is often harder than the actual doing. Maybe I never believed that I could really do it. I’m still not sure I 100% believe that I can lose all of it, but I’m certainly going to explore this further. I think that this has been the thing that keeps me from going all the way and really working hard to lose the rest of the weight – I think I have been holding myself back, not really believing that I have great potential. I just need to learn to follow through on that and make it a reality.

So what’s holding you back? What is it that keeps you from going to full nine yards and making it happen? (“It” can be anything; it doesn’t have to be weight loss.)

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4 thoughts on “Realizing the Potential

  1. Mmm, there’s some food for thought here. I’m really thinking about where I want to go from here and what I want to do with the rest of my life…

  2. Potential, we all have it, we all need to have the courage to try and reach it. Good for you in seeing what might be available to you. I’m curious as to what “an unusual” major might have been. 🙂

    I, too, am working off baby weight, and our “baby” is 32!!! You can always call it baby weight, in my opinion. 🙂 My real problem is the “I quit smoking and gained 40 pounds weight.”

    • I have a Bachelor’s degree in French, which if I were anywhere other than Oklahoma, would not be unusual. However, the need for French speakers in this state is rare! Had I been a smart girl I would have majored in Spanish – then I could have written my own ticket, but alas, I did not. 😦

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