It is YOUR DECISON, and YOUR DECISION ALONE, to become the person you are destined to be. Bear not the hefty burden of unfulfilled potential. Not now. Not ever.

~ Excerpt from Chapter 27 of  Your Corps: “Your Potential” 

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines potential as – n. “latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.”

It’s a fact. For the most part, Marines would like more out of their career – and life for that matter – than they are currently experiencing. You are likely no exception. It is YOUR DECISION, and YOUR DECISION alone, to become the person you are destined to be. Bear not the hefty burden of unfulfilled potential. Not now. Not ever.

“There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.” ~ Henry Ford

Perhaps all the ways you desire to succeed in life has alluded you. It could be that you’re less than entirely content with your current progress. Are you accomplishing all that you which to accomplish? It is quite possible you want to see, do and be more – much more. What stands between you and your goals and dreams? Are you limited by some person, place or thing? Are you even aware of that person, place or thing limiting you? If you don’t know what’s limiting you, how can you ever hope to take the necessary actions to remove those barriers? Henry Ford, American captain of industry and a business magnate, is quoted as stating “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” One of the deeply-rooted goals of this book is to set you on a journey of discovery, one that will set you off on a new course. I sincerely hope you have already learned a great deal from this book’s every chapter.

We are in this together, and as we embark on the journey of discovering your true potential, my desire is for you to understand two emergent principles:

  1. Change doesn’t always have to be radical to be effective.
  2. Change will be necessary for you to reach your potential.

As you move through life in your Corps, it is important for you to stay alert and be cognizant of those areas in which you need to change your focus in order to become more aware of your potential. As you begin to apply these two principles, you will be required to work in areas that may not be natural strengths. That has proved to be extremely difficult for some. Growth in areas that require actual skills that are not possessed naturally is often quite gradual and seemingly meager. That’s expected and perfectly normal. Every sliver of positive change helps.

In order to reach your full potential, you will need to make the appropriate choices that are in concert with your desires. Changes are often achieved much more quickly when it comes to matters of choice. It is usually much easier as well, as opposed to making changes. If you truly desire to reach your full potential, all of these changes need to be made – whether you interpret them as difficult or easy. My goal is to assist you in expanding your reasoning, competence, and abilities.

Continued in Chapter 27 of  Your Corps: “Your Potential”…