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Perfect Patience Does Not Predict Potential Perfectly

b2ap3_thumbnail_00443182If you are like most of us, you would like to create a successful life.  In other words, you would like to feel like you are fulfilling your potential.  But, wait! Just what is potential?  How do you predict it so you can clearly see what you have to do to realize it?  And, how patient should you be in trying to achieve it?  Pretty heavy questions, don’t you think?

Here’s the reality of those questions, however.  If you had good answers to each one of them, fulfilling your potential in life would not even be a question.  It would be inevitable.  Having answers to those questions would help you to truly self-actualize.  So, let’s see what we can do about some answers.

First, let’s not mistake what the word, potential, really means.  The good old Oxford Dictionary defines it in a couple of relevant ways for our purposes. One:  having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future.  Two:  latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.  The result for you in knowing these definitions is if you are going to be able to predict your potential you know that you must understand what latent qualities, abilities and or capacities you have that can impact your future success.

Knowing that information then leads you to having to determine how patient you are willing to be in developing the aforementioned characteristics.  My guess is you have heard the term “perfect patience” said by someone and some time in your life.  They might have said something like; I plan to be perfectly patient as I watch the paint dry. That kind of patience can be defined as persevering in the face of delay without getting angry or annoyed.

Bottom-line:  You can’t be perfectly patient in waiting to realize your potential.  Life’s too short and realizing your potential isn’t something to be patiently played with.  It’s something to be maximized as quickly as possible so you can enjoy the benefits of your effort while you still have time.

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