Tuesday 12 October 2010

Too many of us associate the word “commitment” with sacrifice when really it is nothing more than making a choice to create a desired future outcome. Your commitment needs to be absolute and incontestable. Whether you do or don’t make a committed choice for a specific outcome, it will always cost you something – either the effort required to achieve the desired outcome, or the cost in continuing to settle for where you are right now.

Here are some tips to help you make and meet your commitments:

  1. You must make a choice. When you choose your desired future outcome over your current reality, you remove the struggle that leads to compromising your commitment.
  2. Choose your future outcome over instant gratification. Focus on your future outcome, working through the steps it will take to achieve it, and it will override your need for instant gratification.
  3. It takes 100% commitment to be successful. Don’t make excuses and exceptions – it will set you up for failure and make it harder to get back on track. Make your commitment and stick to it – no excuses, no exceptions!
  4. Be sure you are completely dedicated to your commitment, not just casually interested. Your level of desire will determine your results – period. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager, says, “There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
  5. Visualize your future outcome instead of momentary temptation. When you are able to focus on the end result, you will make the right choices that support your desired outcome.

Whether you’ve been successful in the past at achieving your goals doesn’t matter. Today is a new day! Start now making and keeping your commitment to achieve your desired future outcome!

Adapted from The Accountability Coach newsletter, July 8, 2010.

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