How to Maximize Your Potential | Talk-It-Up Tuesday

Every human is capable of great things, whether that be making a single person feel loved or finding a solution for world hunger. Every individual has greatness inside them.

It is no secret, though, that harnessing that potential can be quite the struggle. There are many obstacles that can interfere: self-doubt, distractions, outside negativity, lack of resources…

Overcoming these obstacles is over half the work itself, and that’s just the unfortunate truth of the matter. But there IS one crucial element to inciting change, and believe it or not, it’s not determination.

Determination vs Discipline

Determination is "a positive emotional feeling that involves persevering towards a difficult goal in spite of obstacles.” Whether it’s as simple as breaking a trivial habit, or as complex as changing a core aspect of your life, you must be determined to reach your end goalthat is true, no doubt. However...

Determination is nothing but a dream

without discipline.

Consider this: no matter how optimistic we may feel about reaching our goals—and even if we display resilience by picking ourselves back up when knocked down—our end goal is not truly obtainable until we place upon ourselves a set of practices and rules to abide by to reach it. Think of it like this...

Discipline is a tool in and of itself that branches us from mere attempts to success.

For example, determination is what would allow me to say I want to lose weight and to keep with that goal my whole life, even when I continuously slack off and step on the scale each month and notice no change. Greatthat’s the first step in the right direction.

However, discipline is what would force me to go for a run every morning so that I can notice a true difference in my weight.

Why are we taught that determination is the key to success then?

Our whole lives, we are lectured that determination is the key to success. And there’s a reason for this: determination comes BEFORE discipline. Plain and simple. We encourage others not to lose hope, for without hope of achieving something great, we can’t even begin to consider acting upon it.

Everything I am outlining here is not meant for the person who isn’t sure they want to achieve their said goal. It is for the person who has decided, “Yes, I WILL achieve greatness. I won’t surrender,” yet cannot figure out how to take that last step from dream to reality.

This is for the person who knows they have potential and now wants to maximize it for all it’s worth.

What's the reality of the situation?