Commitment Brings Transformation in Yellow Jacket

By Rick Forbus, Ph.D.

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permits. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.

Peter Drucker said: “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”

Commitment means several things:

  1. A Promise
  2. A Vow
  3. An Obligation
  4. A Pledge
  5. Dedication to and…
  6. Loyalty towards something or someone.

Lynne Schulze says in Smartads…
A true commitment is a heart felt promise to yourself, from which you will NOT back down, no matter what the circumstances may be! Many people have good intentions and dreams, but only a few are willing to commit to what is necessary to achieve them.”

In these days of economic uneasiness, commitment is the winning ingredient to overcoming sales lulls and new business slow down. Why would commitment matter? Commitment overcomes poor choices, weak strategies and emotional distractions.

A woman rushed up to famed violinist Fritz Kreisler after a concert and cried: ’I’d give my life to play as beautifully as you do.” Kreisler replied, ’I did.”

Commitment goes beyond mere interest in something. Just because you are interested in your profession does not mean you have what it takes to weather the storms of the present economy and stresses of economic volatility. Commitment however, supersedes any and all situations.

Denis Waitley said, “”Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.”

Conduct an appraisal on your commitment level, ask yourself these questions and be honest with the answers.

  1. How badly do I want to achieve my dreams?
  2. What will achieving my dreams mean to me?
  3. What price am I willing to pay to make this happen?
  4. Do I believe I really can?

The ability to achieve your goals and dreams will be determined by the level to which YOU are willing to commit.

Here’s my suggestion for this week:

  1. Buy a really nice journal.
  2. Begin writing down your dreams and the things that are “non-negotiables” for your life.
  3. Track when your attitudes turn into behaviors. For example, write down when the passion to achieve turns into a real action that proves that attitude.
  4. Set one goal each week that will fulfill your dreams. For instance, if sales is a goal, then set a goal to get face-to-face with a prospect, whatever it takes. One goal achieved is better than three that are just
    written down.

Journals are not magic. Neither are good attitudes. Here’s the real transformation sequence that commitment brings:

Awareness  –  Attitude –  Behaviors –  Habits –  Commitments  –  Life Change –  Transformation

 Attitudes fully grown bring transformation. The key is commitment!

E. Joseph Cossman
Do not quit! Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.

Commit this week!

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