4 commitments that can impact your successArticle added by Anne Bachrach on March 4, 2013
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Successful individuals will eventually achieve their desired reputation because their commitment was true: They approached their plans with determination and persistence.
Have you ever made a commitment to yourself or someone and for whatever reason, didn’t follow through? There are numerous definitions of the word “commitment.” The most basic definition is that of an “act of voluntarily taking on and fulfilling
This definition is actually further specified as a “personal” commitment, as opposed to a professional or
organizational commitment. The voluntary nature of personal commitment is what makes it so personal. However, this does not mean that a commitment has to relate only to personal interests, such as human relationships or core beliefs. Any objective can be approached
with a personal commitment, a voluntary taking on of all obligations. A commitment can be given to any number of projects and causes, including an organization, a team, a faith group or to another person.
What does commitment mean to you? Many successful people in business and life have commented that commitment is a very
important factor in individual success. This is usually because the individual is the one that must spearhead his or her own cause for a period of time, at least until others can join in
the cause. In order for any venture to
be successful, action must first be taken, and commitment is what incites
people to action. Commitment involves
not only pledging one’s self to a purpose, but also practicing this system of
belief on a regular basis. Defining
commitment as persistence alone would be inaccurate; it is persistence with a
purpose or goal, and built upon a foundation of logic that is closely linked
with a person (or group’s) core beliefs.
Some of the
most successful businesspeople in modern times, as well as throughout
history, are people that have been described as “committed” to their career or
cause. They are usually not people of
exceptional genius, nor have they built an empire based on dumb luck. They are individuals that have held firmly to
a set of commitments and seen these commitments through. One could even say that these commitments,
though largely professional, have been religiously followed through. Religious devotion is a powerful thing, as it
can bring a man willingly to his deathbed, perhaps even giving him a state of
calm and esoteric happiness. This same
devotion, this commitment, is applicable to any field. It all depends on how passionate and
committed the individual is to making the project work.
Four commitments to remember
Many great minds in contemporary society are more than willing to share their secrets with
the masses. After all, since they
already have acquired a fortune, what would they have to gain by protecting
their secrets of personal and professional improvement to the grave? There are about four recurring commitments
that are mentioned by these elite members of society. When you analyze these commitments you will
notice that they are not that “secretive” at all, but rather disciplines based upon common sense.
1. Be committed to a set of values or beliefs. As previously stated, a person’s belief
system is the foundation upon which all knowledge and experience is built. The principles that define the individual or
organization should be unique and head in a primary direction. This is where vision and purpose begins.
2. Be committed is to yourself, specifically in the role of becoming a
leader. Whether you want to be a leader
or not, you must have a strong sense of personal integrity as
well as self-confidence and a willingness to seek self-improvement.
3. Pursue the interests of an audience. This audience could be a variety of different markets, from clients to
readers to fellow business acquaintances.
This “market” is colloquially referred to as “the people," the ones that
you strive to serve.
4. Pledge allegiance to an organization and seeing the results of its labor. This involves
communicating and ensuring cooperation.
Balancing all of these commitments is important for individuals who want
to be successful.
How hard is it to stay committed?
always easy to stay committed to your purpose, especially in troublesome times,
when you must bare the burden and expense alone. What’s important to remember is that wavering
commitment is not commitment. A
commitment is not something that is on again off again, or easily stomped out
due to undesirable factors — this is more like a notion pretending to be a
Successful individuals will
eventually achieve their desired reputation because their commitment was true: They
approached their plans with determination and persistence. You could even say that true commitment
endures. It stands the test of
time. It survives, not only for the rest
of a person’s life, but in some cases even beyond a person’s life to future
generations of followers.
most important when times get tough.
Before embarking upon a new journey, plan your future well and prepare
for the worst, while always hoping for the best. Welcome adversity because these are your
challenges to overcome. These are the
obstacles that hold you back from achieving your dream. These are tests for you to pass to show the
world just how committed you are to making a difference for yourself and for
"Is your commitment unquestionable? And if it isn't, how much is that costing you?" — Scott Ginsberg
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