Potential: Refers to that state or condition of anything which is not in an active state. It is a static condition which means it is dormant.
DDDP is the answer. The question is, “Why do so many not live up to their full or even partially full potential?”
Before I go into details I need to make a few suggestions. Maybe I should call them statements. But first lets see what some of the masters say about this phenomenon:
“Your potential is unlimited in all that you choose to do.” – Neal Donald Walsh.
“The difference between ‘effort’ and ‘struggle’; Life was never meant to be a struggle.” -Stuart Wilde.
“The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals-a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like wealth, is intended for Use. The Law of Use is universal, and he who violates it suffers by reason of his conflict with natural forces.” – The Kybalion.
You decide to make a change for the better in your life. It could be any significant change, but let’s say it involves getting on the path of mastery, or you choose to start a business or maybe follow through on that idea to create something new. You shout it to high heaven and tell your friends all about it. You write down your ideas which really help to reinforce them. You’ve actually made a change and it really works well. you are feeling great by this time. You go on that way for a while, then begin to experience a gradual change. You slide backward. Why?
My mentor once told me the most important word in the world consists of just three letters. “WHY.” I like to add three letters of my own. “HOW!”
Backsliding is a universal experience. Every one of us resists significant change. It is caused by something called ‘homeostasis.’ A state of equilibrium obtained when tension or a drive has been reduced or eliminated. This means you do not wish to stay in a newly changed condition because it requires effort. Back and forth is uncomfortable. And to the mind completely unnecessary. It’s all mind by the way.
The solution? DDDP. Discipline, Direction, Dedication and Practice.
Naturally one needs much Discipline in order to accomplish anything, be it worthwhile or not. But equally important is Direction. You must move unceasingly in the direction of your goal. Many move toward that goal and end up distracted by seemingly important incidents in their periphery. Ignore the distractions.
Some may call this tunnel vision, I call it Dedication. There is a really great quote by Robert Ryan’s character about Clark Gable’s character in the movie,”The Tall Men.” He said: “There goes the only man I ever respected. He’s what every boy hopes to be when he grows up; And what every man wishes he had been when he grows old.” Dedication to something worthwhile leads to this type of conviction. Of course, “worthwhile” is in the eye of the beholder.
Practice is good and necessary. Perfect practice is much better. Disciplined, dedicated practice, structured into your daily life leads to a successful conclusion and permanently changes your lifestyle.
You become someone different. People notice.
Practice, practice, practice….