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What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?

  1. swalia profile image54
    swaliaposted 2 years ago

    What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?


  2. Besarien profile image85
    Besarienposted 2 years ago

    Probably not having a kid to worry about. Or whatever the equivalent of that is in their lives. Before I had my son I was far more interested in trivial stuff like having fun and doing whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I was too focused on making money which I squandered on things I didn't need. Despite having success and some accumulated personal wealth not to mention free-time, I never managed to be joyful. Not much in my day-to-day life meant anything to me. My son changed everything.

  3. word55 profile image74
    word55posted 2 years ago

    It could be doubt that is subsequent to having fear of the unknown (unknowing what the outcome would be) in taking the necessary steps, chances or risks to accomplish a task or tasks and may anticipate failure which is a lack of confidence in self. Usually, it takes the measure of faith that God has given each person to endure such things including challenges and obstacles that are usually ahead of reaching full potential. A person should feel "if others can do it then so can I."

  4. tsmog profile image83
    tsmogposted 2 years ago

    The mystical winds of fate bellowing its rage with a dare, its doubt of silence, and times of fare voyages upon the mysterious seas of change undulating beneath ones bow seeking a destination while only the horizon is seen.

  5. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago


    (1)Parental & other adult indoctrination regarding prescribed limitations as to what one can accomplish.  Many parents & teachers indoctrinate their children according to their particular purview.  Many parents believe that children have to follow a certain prescribed paradigm to success & anything outside that paradigm is unattainable, forbidden, or can lead to grave disappointment.  There are also parents & other adult figures who believe that success is dependent upon children's natural attributes.  They also have set paradigms as to the relationship of failure to success. There are some who believe that if children makes mistakes, they are failures who won't amount to anything & convey that to the children.
    (1a) There are parents who have a very low estimation of their children's talents & attributes.  This particularly applies if children have talents & attributes that are divergently different from that of the parents & the rest of the family.  Instead of nurturing & rejoicing in such differences, these parents downgrade their children's talents & attributes, even marginalizing them because of their unique talents.  They may even feel envious of such children's talents, knowing subconsciously that the latter will out-succeed them. So they figure that if they didn't succeed, their children WON'T either.  These are the parents who sabotage their children psychologically, even psychically.
    (2) Having very little or no self-esteem.  There are people who maintain that they are not significant.  They feel inferior to others around them, particularly those who are highly successful.  They contend that success belongs to the lucky, not to them.  They further maintain that they don't have what it takes to really be the people they were meant to be.  They may even feel that they are unworthy of achieving the life that they want.
    (3) They believe that they are ordinary.  They maintain that one has to be extraordinary to achieve the success they want.  They contend that they are really nothing special. They view themselves as run of the mill.
    (4) They subscribe to the paradigm of averageness & mediocrity.  They are of the school that while it is good to be successful, it isn't good to be too successful.  They assert that becoming inordinately successful leads to conceit & arrogance. They may even feel that people will hate them once they become very successful.  So they remain average in order to have approval.

  6. dashingscorpio profile image88
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago


    1. They do not (truly believe) it is possible.
    2. Never created an actual plan.
    3. Lacked the (urgency and self-discipline) to stick to a plan.
    4. Unwilling to do {whatever} it takes/adapt/make changes/relocate.
    5. Fear of being ridiculed/Internalized negative comments.
    6, Avoided stepping out of their "comfort zone".
    7. Too introverted to ask for help or network with likeminded people.
    8. Was {unrealistic about their talent/skills} versus competitors.
    9. Unable to stay self motivated/inspired during difficult times.
    10. It was never really (their dream) to begin with!
    I think there are many people who are trying fulfill dreams of their parents or dreams they believe they are (suppose to want).
    Odds are if you ask 10 people if they want to be millionaires the vast majority would say "yes". Ask them how they (plan) to become rich and very few would have an answer for you. Dream VS Goal.
    Most people can't even lose or keep off 10lbs.
    Living life to one's full potential requires expending effort.
    When our "wants" become "needs" we tend to find a way.
    Very few people go "full throttle" pursuing anything in life.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 2 years agoin reply to this


    2. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the selection Shaloo!
      Thanks for the vote up Grace!

  7. profile image60
    peter565posted 2 years ago

    There are a lot of things preventing a person to reach their full potential, it could be bad choices they make, it could be environmental factors. There are a lot of things. I have a mate, who is great at ad sell, but he kept getting stuck in entry level position at work and it turns out, it is because his branch manager, who is not even half as good as a sell person, is afraid, the big boss would notice my mate and give my mate his job, so, he keep sticking my mate, at junior role and won't promote him, despite he for the past five years, have been the best sales person. But my mate, needed the money, so he stay at that job, till he got enough money and then move on to do something else.

    I have also seen companies, where people got promoted, not because they are the best person for the job, but because she is the boss' mistress. The list can go on.

  8. Mikuru Hirai profile image43
    Mikuru Hiraiposted 2 years ago

    There are many factors that I could think of.. one of them is they are afraid to fail. Some people are already contented with what they have and what is currently working for them that they tend to not see the bigger picture or the bigger opportunity. The second one I think is they lack the proper motivation. I've been in the training industry for 3 years and I believe some people have untapped potential and they don't really realize it until someone makes them. I can go on but these two factor tops my list.

  9. Morgan Anthony profile image69
    Morgan Anthonyposted 2 years ago

    a) Most people aren't even aware of the potential they have.
    b) Fear
    c) Obstacles (circumstances that are preventing you, could be a variety of things)
    d) Carelessness. Not everyone who has a lot of potential cares to live fully.

  10. iggy7117 profile image78
    iggy7117posted 2 years ago

    There are many things from low self esteem to lazy to bad living situations. People have the potential to be much more then they usually are.

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    Diana Abrahamsonposted 2 years ago

    Some people are fearful of taking risks in their lives and so shrink back from any opportunity that is too challenging.