Commitment Makes the Difference

Sometimes the road to the accomplishment of your goals is filled with challenges and obstacles that must be overcome. People often lose focus on the goal while dealing with the obstacle at hand, leaving themselves (and their team) lost.

A surfer goes out into the water tied to a surfboard in hopes of riding a wave back in to shore. That goal is usually achievable. However, there are instances where the surf is just too strong and the rider is thrown into the churn. A surfer can do one of two things:

1. Begin swimming as hard as they can just as fast as they can- burning up precious oxygen all to quickly; OR

2. Pause momentarily to gather their bearings and watch for bubbles rising to the surface so they begin to swim in the right direction (up!)- saving oxygen and energy.

Taking your eyes off the goal (the surface)- even for a moment- can be deadly for a surfer. What about a leader? The same principle is true. If you are constantly diverting your focus from your organizational goals to focus on the roadblocks, you’ll quickly find that your team will only go as far as you can focus. If you find this to be the case, you may want to examine your level of commitment.

Monday Morning Perspective:

“When it comes to commitment, there are only really four types of people:

1.     Cop-outs. People who have no goals and do not commit.
2.     Holdouts. People who don’t know if they can reach their goals, so they’re afraid to commit.
3.     Dropouts. People who start toward a goal but quit when the going gets tough.
4.     All-outs. People who set goals, commit to them, and pay the price to reach them.”
-John C. Maxwell

Which one are you?

I challenge you this week to set goals higher than you might feel comfortable with, get your people on board by communicating your vision effectively, and then feel empowered to steamroll any roadblocks to success without ever removing your eyes from the goal up ahead.

If you can do it for a week, you can do it for a lifetime- and your people will want to follow you!

Have a wonderful week!

ISSN: 2158-1355
© Crystal Dyer 2010. All Rights Reserved.
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