Archive for November, 2011

Full Potential:Dedication

There is an idea floating around that someone can pick up something new, whether it’s an activity or craft, and be great at it the very next day. If they aren’t full of undiscovered natural talent in this particular activity, then they quit. This then just goes on to be a never-ending circle of failures and shortcomings. In these cases people wonder why they are never successful, yet they can’t set their mind to a goal, work hard and achieve that goal. If they dedicate themselves to just that one goal and complete it then they will be far better off. It is truly amazing how far you can go when you take a systematic approach to reaching your full potential. It is not going to be easy by any means, but if you dedicate yourself then there is nothing that can hold you down.

First of all, what is the definition of dedication? It is as the Merriam-Websters dictionary defines it: A a feeling of very strong support for or loyalty to someone or something : the quality or state of being dedicated to a person, group, cause, etc. In the case of reaching your full potential you are dedicating yourself to a cause and the cause is reaching you full potential. As the definition states it is a feeling of strong loyalty. This feeling of loyalty is to yourself and your ultimate goal. You cannot quit when things get tough. You dedicate yourself and do not take no for an answer.

Dedication can surface itself in many different ways. It can be simply taking that extra hour to do better on a project, to make sure you have sealed all the cracks and there are no mistakes. It could even be staying after a sports practice to take that extra time to better yourself. Dedication is the small things, the extra little things that no one else thinks about. Being dedicated and finding the small things that make the difference is a huge part of being the best you can and reaching your full potential. Like I said previously in the motivation aspect of reaching your full potential, while you are resting, someone else is out there getting ahead. The same concept applies to dedication. While you are only doing the minimum to get by, someone else is out there giving it everything that they have and noticing the little things that make the big difference. If you do not dedicate your complete concentration in the task at hand you are doing yourself no justice and cheating yourself.

By not dedicating yourself you are wasting potential. The sad thing is that people make excuses and it makes it very hard for them to accomplish anything. In these cases their potential is wasted. Everyone is born with potential, the potential to become a doctor, the potential to be a rocket scientist, or even the potential to become a rockstar. If you look back to the beginning of your childhood, you didn’t look forward to being a gas station attendant, did you? The twist to this situation is that it is very easy to waste potential but very hard to reach it. If it were easy to reach your full potential than everybody would be doing it.

Dedication is a huge part of reaching your full potential. Without the ability to dedicate yourself to a particular goal, it would be very hard to reach the ultimate goal of full potential. Set your goals, keep your eye on the prize, take it one step at a time and you will be the best that you can possibly be.

Full Potential: Intro/Motivation

Are you living your life to your full potential? Many things come into play when you think about how far you go in life and the things that you can accomplish. Money comes into mind and the status that you are born into. The most important aspects are tossed to the side and excuses like money and status are used. You know what they say about excuses…Everybody’s Got them. I feel that most aspects of potential are involved with dedication, motivation, determination, and self-confidence. There are a lot of other personal attributes that play a role in meeting your full potential but these are some important basics. Having a good foundational attitude and willingness to want to achieve goals is a good place to start. I do admit that money ties into potential somewhat, but making the correct choices and managing money  and time wisely is just as important.

Motivation is a difficult thing to teach anyone. In a lot of cases you either have it or you don’t. I am the first one to admit that I have trouble finding the motivation to complete work or even get up in the morning sometimes, but somehow I always get things done. Well at least 99% of the time I do. It is perfectly okay to be lazy sometimes, but not all the time. If you ever find yourself being lazy or feel like you are not doing your best because you just don’t feel like, just think, there is someone else out there getting ahead of me while I’m being stagnant.

A big thought with motivation is “Oh I can do it later” or “Ill start my diet tomorrow” ,but the truth is now is as good a time as ever. By putting off your goals you are only making it more difficult to achieve them. If you find motivation and use every second of your day to do things to better yourself than you will find that you can active whatever goals you set. Completing goals is the best feeling in the world. When you achieve something that you have put a ton of work towards and you not only meet your goal, but thrive while doing it is indescribable. Success and hard work is addicting. Once you know you can motivate yourself and succeed than it will become a habit and expectation.  Motivation is truly a foundation to productivity and reaching your full potential.

Procrastination ties a lot into motivation. If there is a deadline that is upcoming than the assignment or work is put off to the last second. This is not a good practice at all, because your work suffers and is not the same quality that it would be if you took your time. There are some people that thrive off the pressure, but there are many others that think they do well under pressure ,but would do much better if they took a systematic approach to work. Pick the important foundational aspects of the work and get them done. If you do procrastinate it will make it significantly less stressful. Stress is a productivity killer and it makes you accept subpar work that you normally wouldn’t dare think about turning in. In a way doing the foundational work beforehand makes it so you are not procrastinating and taking a more organized approach. Myself I procrastinate on a regular basis but I also take a systematic approach to it. I may wait until the last minute to do the major work but I constantly think about what I have to do and I do all of the foundational work prior to the deadline.