Commitment is one of those words that is often used, and often misused. Commitments can be taken very lightly, or they can be the fuel that transforms lives. How long has it been since you have seriously assessed your business, personal, and life commitments? Trust me, it is a worthy exercise to reassess periodically.
First, let’s discuss what commitment is all about. Unlike how many people use the word, commitment is not simply the mere act of following through on something that you’ve promised to do. Sure, in some regard, you can certainly say that is a definition of a commitment. But, in the sense that I am addressing today, I am referring more to the BIG commitments — those DECISIONS that truly have a major impact on your life.
Yes, a commitment is simply that — a decision. Once the decision is made, everything that follows is a manifestation of your commitment. People are drawn to leaders who do what they say. People are drawn to leaders who manifest their commitments. In many ways, some people may say that it takes daily decisions to follow through. I disagree. Once the decision is made, as long as you have personal integrity, you will follow through. Perhaps this is best illustrated by a famous quote:
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” Amelia Earhart
I love this quote! It is so very true. In order for a decision to truly impart it’s power, it must be taken very seriously. It is a difficult thing to decide to act — if done correctly. That initial decision should weigh all the pros and cons and be taken quite seriously. Once someone follows this process, and indeed decided to proceed in a certain direction, that is when tenacity kicks in. The decision has been made. Everything else that follows is one step in your commitment to your initial decision. If you can embrace this ideology, you can free yourself from endless turmoil of the ‘daily decisions’. Just make the one decision carefully and with conviction, then eliminate all of the so-called daily decisions, which are merely temptations for you to question your decision or falter.
Just decide. Then follow your commitment, with full tenacity.
Too often in today’s society people make quick decisions. They think, ‘Sure, I’ll try this new business opportunity.’ Then, when they experience a few obstacles, they question their ‘decision’ and choose to go another direction. Please note — there really was no decision ever made in this example! ‘Deciding’ to try something is not the decision-making that can lead you to become a successful business owner and leader. Another favorite quote of mine is appropriate here:
“There is no try.” Yogi Berra
So very true! You either Do or Don’t Do. There truly is no try. By understanding this, you can place yourself in a much better mindset to understand the decision to commit that I speak of here. If you can reflect on this, and truly embrace the importance of a making a real decision of commitment, you now position yourself optimally to succeed in your business — and life.
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