Your Success Reflects Your Commitment Level

Have you ever wondered why you never really succeeded? The answer is simple, your commitment level is not geared towards your success. OK, what does that mean? There are basically three levels of commitment. We either “try” to do it, give it “our best” effort, or we will do “what ever it takes” and these different levels will determine our ratio of past successes as well as future success potential.

When we “try” to do something we often convinced that we cannot and as a result do not give it the level of effort that would allow us to achieve success. If we use a simplistic example to demonstrate this we will see how it manifests itself. Place a pen on the table in front of you and “pick up the pen”. As you hold it in your hand you have a visible proof of your success. Now, putting the pen back on the table “do not pick up the pen”. Again we have clear visible proof of the pen sitting on the table. So, the evidence is that “do” and “do not” present visible results to us. Now comes the interesting part. “Try” to pick up the pen. So, did you pick it up? If so, then you did it and not just “tried” to do it. The message here is: “do” or “not do” – there is no “try”.

What do we mean by our “best effort” and how does that manifest itself in our lives? Our best effort is limited by the amount of time and effort we want to invest and also by what else we can be distracted by. Most of the time when we say we will “do our best” we really mean we will “do our best until something else comes up” and are willing to stop if it is “too hard”.

What Ever It Takes is the level of commitment of the most successful people. People who are able to focus on their goals without exception. We will do “what ever it takes” to succeed.

Which category have you fit into in the past? How will you face your future? Will you “try” to do better? Give it your “best effort” or do “what ever it takes” to become the successful person you dream about.

Two quotes for today: “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. And if you doubt it, then you will live without it.”

And finally, remember the words of Calvin Coolidge. “Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

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