As we rapidly approach the holidays, we may become overwhelmed by commitments – attending parties (or throwing them), preparing meals, traveling, or hosting company.
Commitment is a very personal issue. We express our intentions to accomplish a goal, realize a dream, or change the world for the better. But when it gets down to it, only you and I know just how serious we are about making it happen.
Unless your commitments are forged in the fires of personal promise, they may lose their intensity, damaging your confidence, credibility, and perhaps even your relationships.
When you make up your mind to change something, do something, or achieve something, you have made a commitment. It is a choice. A decision. Perhaps, even an intention. The first level of commitment is mandatory, but it is not enough.
The second level of commitment begins the moment you take action to make your decision a reality. And just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, the path to completion begins with a singular action. And the moment this happens, you have graduated to level two. That is fantastic, but it is still insufficient.
Left to our own timetables and desires, your commitment – even if it is supported by some action – may diminish in intensity. When we have a safe “out” and face resistance, we might lose desire and become defeated. To prevent this from happening, accelerate growth, and increase your likelihood of success, you must reach the third level of success. This is the point where the consequences of failure outweigh the effort required to persevere.
Reaching level three is not a question of luck. It is a matter of purpose. If your reason for changing, learning, growing or doing – whatever you endeavor to accomplish – is strong enough, success becomes an inescapable conclusion.
How do you reach level three? Here are four strategies that may help get you there:
In closing, consider this. Perhaps the key to your happiness is not to increase your number of commitments. Rather, increase your level of commitment to the things that matter most.
With encouragement always,