Commitment is synonymous with tenacity and persistence as it is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause. In leadership, this begins with a commitment to yourself.
It is why passion must meet purpose, for nothing is easier than words and nothing is harder than living them – day after day.
Why is this? Why is it such a a personal challenge to commit to something, to stay in it for the long haul?
- Perfectionism - In our post on CHARM, we addressed how perfectionism was an un-favorable character trait to stay away from. Perfectionistic people typically believe that they can never be good enough, that mistakes are signs of personal flaws, and that the only route to acceptability as a person is to be perfect. The knowledge of ups and downs in life does not exist; therefore they are always looking for a fresh start, to be perfect. You can’t commit if you feel that you have failed as a person when challenges arise.
- Instant Gratification – Novelty is exciting and we crave it. Consider you resume. How long do you stay with a company? We tend to rush into experiences without really ensuring that they are a fit for us; that they are in alignment with our passions and talents.
- Consumer Culture – We are lead to believe that all things are disposable. If something doesn't work, throw it away and move on to the next thing. With this mentality we are lacking the ability to truly apply ourselves and see things through.
Developing the Leader in You
4 steps to unwavering commitment
- Mindset - take a good look at your life and decide that nothing is going to get in your way.
- Goal Setting - get ruthlessly clear about where you are going, how your going to get there and by what deadline. Refine and track your progress.
- Focus - this requires the implementation of urgent vs. important time management and strategy. Spend your time om what matters most.
- Accountability - tell others, preferably a mentor, what you are doing and why. Use visuals to remind you of the end result. Join a community of like-minded individuals and share. The best part of this is, as a leader, you 'walking the walk" will inspire others and attract them to you.