Four keys to successful commitment
2. KEYSTONE ACTION – Once you have an intense desire to accomplish something you then need to identify the core actions that will produce the result you’re after. In today’s world, many of us have become spectators, rather than participants. We must remember that it’s what we do that counts.
In any endeavor there are numerous activities to accomplishing an effort. In most cases there are a few core activities that account for the majority of the results, and in some cases there is one, perhaps two, keystone actions that ultimately produce the result. It is critical that you identify the one or two keystone and focus on them.
3. COUNT THE COSTS – Commitments require sacrifice. In any effort there are benefits and costs. Too often we claim we desire something without considering the costs. Costs are the hardships that you will have to endure to accomplish your desire. Costs can include time, money, risk, uncertainty, loss of comfort, etc. Identifying the costs allows you to consciously choose whether or not you are willing to pay that price. It is extremely helpful when you are in the middle of one of the costs to recognize that you anticipated this and decided it was all worth it.
4. ACT ON COMMITMENTS NOT FEELINGS – There will be times when you won’t feel like doing the critical activities. We’ve all been there, getting out of bed at 5:30 a.m. to jog in the winter cold can be daunting, especially when you’re in a toasty warm bed. It is during these times that you will need to learn to act on your commitments not your feelings. If not, you will never build any momentum and will be continually starting over, or as is so often the case, giving up. Learning to do the things you know you need to do regardless of how you feel is a core discipline for success.
Many times commitments are made more arduous by the time frame in which the commitment is made. It is difficult to commit to anything for a lifetime. Even keeping a promise for an entire year can be challenging. With the 12 Week Year you are not asked to make lifetime or even annual commitments, but rather 12 week commitments. It is much more feasible to establish and keep a commitment for 12 weeks than to keep it for twelve months. At the end of the twelve weeks you reassess your commitments and begin again.
Our commitments ultimately shape our lives. They support sound marriages, create lasting relationships, drive our results, and they help build our character. Making and keeping commitments start a constructive process that is self-reinforcing and empowering.
New York Times best-selling author of “The 12 Week Year,” Brian P. Moran speaks to groups around the globe on leadership. For more information, visit www.BrianPMoran.com.
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