When is the last time you gave everything you had to make something happen? By that I mean putting a ton of time into a goal with extreme focus and determination. It means becoming so passionate that you start to obsess.
If I had to pick one personality trait that helps me succeed, it would be the ability to become 100% dedicated to make a goal happen. It’s amazing how much immersing yourself completely into a goal can help you reach it.
Becoming 100% Dedicated
I tend to have an obsessive personality. When I find something I want to learn or do, I get carried away and think about it constantly. I become so curious that I seek out as much information as I can. This helps me understand subjects in extremely deep ways.
I’ll give you a couple of examples.
I’ve been a regular gym-goer for years. Initially that meant lifting weights once or twice a week. I kept in decent shape, but it was casual – nothing too serious. However, I wasn’t getting as much out of my workouts as I would have liked. One day I decided to do something about it.
So I gathered as much information as I could find about workout routines in the gym, nutrition, supplements, cardio and stretching.
Based upon what I learned, I built an exercise routine that would get me into the best shape possible. My time at the gym went up to three times a week. When I wasn’t working out, I either read about bodybuilding or ways to better my diet.
I was completely dedicated to getting into great shape.
All the knowledge I accumulated and applied had an effect. When I put it all together in the gym, I saw results. My muscles grew…and quickly.
Of course, becoming extremely dedicated doesn’t just apply to working out.
When I was in college, I studied French for two years. I didn’t get much further than the basics because I wasn’t putting all my effort into learning it.
Several years after I took my last formal French class, I brushed off an old textbook and started relearning it.
I put hours into learning French every day. I made flashcards to memorize words, watched movies in the language and spoke it to myself. I even took out French novels from the library and read them.
I put everything I could into reading, understanding and speaking it.
And the results came quickly. I think I picked up more French in a few months by myself than I did in two years of formal education.
The minute I knew I had reached a new level of understanding was when I started dreaming in French.
Putting Dedication Into Practice
These two stories highlight just how effective it can be to become obsessed and give 100% to a goal. You can get great results – fast.
Before I had become extremely dedicated to these two goals, I had made little progress. I was in decent shape (more than the average person) and knew the basics of French.
But I knew I could do so much more.
I was frustrated at my progress. I couldn’t understand why it was taking so long to build muscles. The same goes for learning French.
I realized the problem is in how you approach your goals. The reason I wasn’t making much progress was because I wasn’t putting much into them. A casual approach will give you mediocre results.
If you want to get bigger and better results, you have to put in a lot more time and effort. That means increasing the intensity of your work.
I’ve learned that there are many benefits to being 100% dedicated instead of doing things casually.
- Since you spend so much time on it, you find better ways to get where you want to go.
- You gain a lot of momentum towards reaching your goal.
- You’re not likely to let things slide which is when a lot of your progress goes away.
- It’s easy to maintain your gains so you can lessen your intensity once you’ve reached your goal.
If you’re unsatisfied with progress you’re making on a goal, you might just need to put in more. Put in time every day and get 100% dedicated; make it happen. You’ll reach your goals in less time and enjoy better results.
I’ve given 100% towards a lot of other things in my life – understanding world news, travel and writing/blogging – for instance. As with weight lifting and learning French, when you give 100% to it, you can make great things happen. It can be hard to get into this mindset, but when you do, you can see a lot of great results.
What amazing results could you get by giving more dedication?
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