Your commitments want to have a word with you.
Did you know…
Commitments present themselves in delineations of black and white. You either honor your commitments or you don’t.
Success is the result of making and keeping commitments to yourself and others, while all failed or unfinished goals, projects and relationships are the direct result of broken commitments.
It’s that simple, that profound, and that important.
A commitment made, must become a commitment honored as each one counts in more ways than you can possibly imagine.
Your ability to honor your commitments directly impacts your credibility, reputation, trustworthiness, earning ability, and overall peace of mind.
Every day, you make promises and commitments to customers, family members and associates. Some are explicit, others implied, but each one ultimately results in success or failure.
Nothing builds confidence and loyalty more reliably than a history of well-kept promises. By the same token, nothing will undermine your reputation faster than a string of broken commitments.
If you look at successful people in any field, you’ll find that they’re not necessarily the brightest, best looking, fastest or the strongest of the bunch. What you will find is that they are the ones with the deepest reservoir of commitment. They understand that all great accomplishment is preceded by great commitment.
So….how great is the power of your commitment?
A man or woman, without their word, is fundamentally worthless. It’s like having a stain on your reputation that no amount of bleach could ever remove.
If your word is not supported by action, if you take a cavalier attitude towards your obligations, the party’s over. You may as well stick a fork in your reputation because no one will be interested working with you.
Your word is a form of capital. It’s money in the bank for someone who is counting on it.
That being said, you should only invest your capital where and when it counts most or it will lose its value.
And because your word is like currency, you must give it only when the occasion is important enough to call for it.
The person you are promising something to must be able to recognize that your commitment or promise has real value and that it’s not counterfeit.
You certainly don’t give money out to every Tony, Dick and Harry and you should treat your word with the same level of respect.
Remember, what you don’t protect, you don’t get to keep, and your reputation is a terrible thing to waste.
The greatest and most unfortunate betrayal is when we betray ourselves. Being able to adhere to our commitments begins with self-respect.
When we say one thing and do another, when we start projects but don’t finish them, when we go on a diet but soon quit, the only thing we are successful at is sabotaging our reputation with ourselves.
When we dishonor our own commitments, when we lie to ourselves, how on earth can we be expected to honor the commitments we make to others?
There is no backdoor to a self-made promise. There is no contractual loophole. Either you maintain the contract or you are in breach.
Your lifelong challenge is to adopt the following philosophy which will ensure that your commitments are always honored.
“If you make a commitment, honor it!
If you make a promise, keep it!
If you set a goal, achieve it!”
Commitment inspires you to perform to the best of your abilities and that is what the 100 Day Challenge is all about.
Gary Ryan Blair