A Commitment to Commitment. That is what separates us from the rest.
There are many things which drive us in life. In fact, there are many things which we drive away from as well. One of these is that of commitment. Commitment to oneself and just as important is commitment to others. I think back to a film I once saw called “1776” which of course was based on the early days leading to the Declaration of Independence. All throughout the film we are reminded of how much is at stake and how all the signers of the Declaration realized that they were pledging and putting everything on the line for the greater cause. One of the most important lines I remember from this film was about commitment as follows: “Commitment, commitment. There are only two creatures of value on the face of this earth – those with a commitment and those who require the commitment of others.
So what is commitment? What is commitment all about? To each person, commitment has a different meaning.
How many marathon runners can you remember seeing giving up before they reach the finish line? I am sure that they are all tired well before the finish line. How many stories have you heard of soldiers charging up that hill not fully knowing what was waiting at the top or if they would even reach the top? But one thing is clearly the case and true…everyone you lead depends on you.
1. Heart. I remember watching the movie “The Replacements” and at a particular point when all seemed lost, the coach was asked what it would take to turn things around. His reply was “Heart, miles and miles of heart” Well that is where commitment starts, in your heart! You can’t wait for everything to be perfect before you start to do anything. Look into your heart before you do anything else. Heart is what separates good from great.
2. Action. There is an age old adage that states “I can’t hear what you’re saying because your actions speak louder than words”. Well this one saying basically sums up its effect on commitment. You either are doing it and thus your commitment shows or you are not.
3. Achievement. How many times will you get up after you are knocked down? The answer always is one more time!
Let’s reflect here for a moment. There is no room for coping out. If you have not set any goals you will not know what to commit to. Stop Holding Out. You can only be afraid for just so long. Shoot for your goals by committing to them. Give up any urge what so ever to be a drop out. Yes, it is going to be tough but that is why the caterpillar turns into the beautiful butterfly because it was tough to get out of that cocoon. Or as J F Kennedy said in one of his speeches. We are not doing this because it is easy but because it is hard. You need to be “all in” and you need to commit “all out”. Are you so committed to your commitment that you are prepared to give your life for it? I hope that it does not come to that but that is what it is all about.
My call to action for you is to sit down with a pad of paper and write down your goals. If you don’t have any or many, come up with some. Then determine which ones are the most important and set a plan in place to action them. Get yourself a coach. Yes, a coach. If you look around you will find that the most successful people out there do in fact have coaches. If you don’t presently have one, contact me at [email protected] and we can talk further on this as I am fully certified to help you.
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