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 understand that all great accomplishment is preceded by great commitment.
They know that the pain and discomfort that they feel because of today’s demands and sacrifices will be the strength and success they will feel and be able to supply again tomorrow.
They know that commitment means staying loyal to what they said they were going to do…long after the mood they said it in has left them.
They long ago accepted the reality that if they’re not working at improving their game to the utmost of their ability, and strengthening their resolve, that there will be someone out there, somewhere with equal ability who is.
They know that when commitment is lost, it is because of deficiencies in character, discipline, focus and follow through. As a result, they have decided that giving up is not an option.
So, here’s a few questions for you to consider…but before you answer, I want you to think long and hard about your past performance for the simple reason that behavior never lies.
How great is the power of your commitment?
Do you have a demonstrated track record of honoring your commitments until the end?
Disposable is a good word to describe many of today’s products. From razors to diapers, from milk cartons to toner cartridges, it seems that disposability is being built into the very fabric of society.
Have commitments and promises fallen into the same trap?
Is it really no big deal to make a commitment and then discard it, to make a promise and then simply walk away from it?
In a world where commitment is vital to success, why do so many people suffer from commitment issues.
Why is there such a profound commitment deficit in people’s lives rather than an excess surplus?
Commitment issues or a fear of commitment is a term often used in reference to romantic relationships.
But the truth is…far too many people have commitment issues in just about every area of their lives which is why they find themselves unfulfilled and unsuccessful in so many areas to include their career, health, finances… and in the achievement of their goals.
Commitment is a virtue, one that requires fulfillment, and one that punishes unfaithfulness.
Yet, for many, it’s going to take a dramatic shift to embrace the importance of commitments and internalize the meaning of permanence.
If your word is not supported by action, if you take a cavalier attitude towards your obligations, the party’s over as you really have nothing of value to offer.
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.
Consider this thought, what’s the point of making a commitment or promise if you have no intention of honoring it?
This question applies to your relationship with others just as much to yourself.
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?
What kind of person do you want to be known as…someone who has character and a stellar reputation?
Or someone who’s unreliable, untrustworthy and uncommitted?
Do you want to able to hold your head up high with dignity and self-respect?
If so, then choose to live by the Integrity Code.
“If you make a commitment, honor it.
If you make a promise, keep it.
If you set a goal, achieve it.”
Aristotle was absolutely right when he said, “Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
By doing so, you’ll wake up each day with determination, and go to bed with immense satisfaction.
That’s why you’re going to love the 100 Day Challenge …as from the moment you begin you’ll learn how to eliminate any commitment issues, and replace them with a profound sense of resolve.
Commitment counts. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it and by all means enforce it.
Gary Ryan Blair
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