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.

  1. I like how you say “it is very easy to waste potential but very hard to reach it.” Your post definitely made me think about how “dedicated” I am to the things I want. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Tracy Metcalf

  2. Great post. You hit the nail on the head with people giving up before they barely begin when striving toward a goal. Many careers such as those you’ve mentioned along with many others could probably be reached by many more people that actually make the grade.

    This could be related to lack of motivation or it could be that certain people don’t believe they have the aptitude for certain tasks and therefore don’t even try.

    I believe I read in our book “On Writing” that Stephen King doesn’t believe that everyone has the aptitude to be a writer. I believe we can all be or do what we want to be or do, if we stay motivated and dedicated as you have stated.

    • Roz Weedman
    • December 9th, 2011

    I’ll disagree with Marsha a little. I think we all have certain talents and limitations and that the trick is to find the intersection between what we are good at (with work and dedication) and what we love. There’s the sweet spot!

    That being said, I also believe in the amateur, the person who tries many things but not for a living. I love pottery for example but don’t think I would be a real artist when it comes to creating it. However, an art professor told me that taking a class on it, trying it out, would give me an even greater appreciation and knowledge of the art, so this is definitely on my list.

    I would love to be that woman on television right now in the ad where instead of diamonds, she climbs that impossibly high, dangerous rock formation, her kind of “rocks,” instead of diamonds. That looks great to me! But I know I cannot do that for a lot of excellent reasons. Sometimes we just admire what humans can accomplish. Sometimes we can develop on a small level some of those skills we admire. Even that feels good.

    I decided to learn to make quilts. I made my first — a small one for a grandbaby for Christmas. And I look at it and see mistakes — mistakes in some of the materials chosen, mistakes in being precise in measuring seams, mistakes in lining up blocks in one spot. Others look at it and see (apparently) a cute quilt. But I don’t only see mistakes. I see a learning experience (and a cute quilt). I’ve already purchased material to make it again — and this time, I have about five things that i know I need to do differently to make it better. Brian’s point about the persistence necessary to accomplish anything is well taken. I didn’t expect to have instant expertise but I do expect to develop it. This is within my skill set.

    Brian, when you think of this topic, how do you personally relate to it?

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