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The ability to commit wholeheartedly – this is what separates the achievers from the dreamers.
We all want to achieve something. But so few actually do something about it.
What is commitment?
It’s about trying again one more time after getting rejected again and again.
It’s about waking up early on a Sunday even though you’d rather sleep in to serve at kid’s church.
It’s about meeting a client even at short notice because you want to provide excellent service at all times.
True commitment inspires people and attracts them to you like moths to a flame. A person committed to a cause will attract loyal followers. Why? Because people buy into the leader first before they will buy into the vision.
Commitment always comes before success and it is mainly tested through action. It’s easy to say something but doing it is another story. When you are committed, you will not only say it, you will also follow through.
In the early 1950’s, a man named Corbin Sanders was forced to close his once-successful restaurant due a change in circumstance. At 66 years old, he was forced to live on his Social Security check of $105 a month. Then he had an idea. He had a delicious chicken recipe that everybody loved. He would sell his chicken recipe to restaurants and in return, he would ask for 5 cents for every chicken sold. So he got into his car and traveled all over America to meet up with restaurant owners. His recipe was good but he got rejected again, again and again. In fact he got rejected 1,009 times! On his 1,010th try, he finally found someone who agreed to buy his recipe. The rest is history. He eventually opened his own restaurant and today, the restaurant he founded, now has 18,000 outlets in 114 different countries. The name of his restaurant is KFC.
If C. Sanders was not committed to his goal, he would have stopped after one or two rejections. Had he done this, KFC wouldn’t exist today. This is the power of commitment. First, you believe in your product. Second, you act. Third, you keep going.
Many people are afraid to commit to something (or someone) mainly because they are afraid they wont be able to follow through. But if you don’t commit, you wont be able to achieve anything worthwhile. The most successful people I know are also the most committed.
According to John Maxwell in his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, there are 4 types of people.
- Cop-outs. People who have no goals and don’t commit.
- Holdouts. People who don’t know if they can reach their goals so they are afraid to commit.
- Dropouts. People who start toward a goal but quit when the going gets tough.
- All-outs. People who set goals, commit to them, and pay the price to reach them.
Now the question is, which one are you?
Every time you commit to something and follow through, you build your sense of self-esteem and self-worth. That is why it is also important to choose which causes to commit to. Know what you really want to fight for.
You have to be uncompromised in your level of commitment to whatever you are doing, or it can disappear as fast as it appeared… Excellence isn’t a one-week or one-year ideal. It’s a constant. There will be days when you don’t feel on top of your game, or meetings in which you aren’t at your best, but your commitment remains constant. No compromises. – Michael Jordan
What do you want to commit yourself to this year?
Choose wisely. Then follow through.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life.