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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.