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Steps to Achieving Your Authentic Potential


Achieving Your Potential is a Present Moment Experience

Achieving your authentic potential lives in the present not the past or the future. Deepak Chopra says it best, ‘The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called ‘the present’.” Besides when we get to the future it will just be experienced as another moment of NOW.

This is it! This is our shining moment and since you don’t know if it will be the last make it your best. Achieving your authentic potential is not a destination. It is an ever-evolving process experienced in the present moment. You cannot achieve it in the future or rewrite it into your past. This is so challenging for our culture to grasp.

Success is not what you have accomplished it is who you have become as a result of what you have accomplished. You can’t take it with you when you die!

Inspired Action

Inspired action is an essential part of achieving your authentic potential (inspired action aka action infused with spirit). Whatever you do, minimize taking action that is fueled by obligation, resentment or fear. You are truly working against yourself here. Recognize your choice to take action and consciously choose it!

Many of you may find yourself feeling at the effect of your circumstances or living from your ˜have to do list’. This is not achieving your authentic potential and will lead to mediocrity as you live your life for others or societal standards. Determine what action you are going to take and conjure up any degree of inspiration or alignment you can with what you choose to do. This shift could be as simple as being conscious enough to notice you feel fear or obligation fueling what you are doing.

We recommend that you STOP for just a moment to align with your freedom to choose. This takes you out of feeling at the effect of circumstances and into feeling empowered to shift your state.

Coaching and Counseling

Hilary Stokes Ph.D. and Kim Ward Ph.D. have been a team for 20 years, specializing in mind, body, spirit psychology. They are the authors of the bestselling books The Happy Map: Your roadmap to the habit of happiness and Manifesting Mindset: The 6-step formula for attracting your goals and dreams and founders of Authenticity Associates Coaching and Counseling. They are passionate about combining the best of holistic and traditional approaches to health and happiness. If you are interested in learning the answers to the most frequently asked questions on how to decrease stress and increase happiness sign up for their free video series.


About the Authors

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Hilary Stokes Phd

Dr. Hilary Stokes is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Hilary received her PhD in psychology with a specialty in transpersonal psychology from San Diego University for Integrative Studies, a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Sport Psychology from San Jose State University. In addition to her ….

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Kim Ward Phd

Dr. Kim Ward received her PhD in psychology with a specialty in transpersonal psychology from San Diego University for Integrative Studies. She also holds a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. Dr. Kim is a certified trauma-informed coach and life coach in private practice in San Diego, California. In…

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