Four keys to successful commitment
I remember back when I was a young boy in fifth grade and how I yearned for a new 10-speed bicycle. Boy, was it a beauty; metal-flake green paint with racing tires and a black leather saddle. The problem was it was a hundred bucks, which was a lot of money for a ten-year old kid back then. But that didn’t stop me. I had to have that bike. So I did anything and everything I could to earn money. There was no way I was not going to own that bike. There were times when I thought about quitting, and sometimes those thoughts almost won-out. Work, or go the movies with my friends, play baseball, or just watch Saturday morning cartoons? What kept me going was a mental picture of that bike beneath me as I was riding around the neighborhood – the ultimate definition of freedom for a ten year old! I’ll never forget how excited I was buying the bike and bringing it home, and how proud I was as I rode it down my street.
I’m sure you can recall a similar time when you were determined to accomplish something meaningful to you, and were willing to do whatever it took to make it happen. That’s an example of commitment. A commitment is a personal promise that you make with yourself. Keeping your promises with others builds strong relationships. Keeping self promises builds character and esteem. The dictionary defines commitment as “The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to some course of action.” That’s the important part; the personal connection to what you will get when you fulfill your commitment.
We all know intuitively that commitment is fundamental to effective execution and high performance. And yet many of us fall short of our commitments on a regular basis. It seems that when things get difficult we find “reasons” to focus on other activities. Often our interest wanes when things get tough. There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you only do it when circumstances permit. But, when you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. When we commit to something, we do things that we would not ordinarily do. The question of “if” goes away and the only question is how. Commitment is powerful, and yet there are times when all of us struggle to commit. Here a four keys to successful commitment:
Four Keys to Successful Commitment
1. STRONG DESIRE – In order to fully commit to something you will need a clear and personally compelling reason. Without a strong desire you will struggle when the implementation gets difficult. With that compelling desire however, “insurmountable” obstacles are seen as challenges to be met. The end result that you are striving for needs to be meaningful enough to you to get you through the hard times and keep you on track.