Commitment is a powerful force that can change the course of your life. It has mine.
Without demonstrating you are serious by taking a step in the direction of what you want, that force can just slip away. That first step, no matter how fearful it may be, is the act of claiming your power. And the Universe loves nothing more than to support you in being the powerful person you are. There have been a handful of times in my life when I made a commitment that produced miraculous results – as if by magic! I recall the first one occurred about 23 years ago when, in front of a workshop full of participants, I declared I was going to complete my Master’s Degree in six months. After I left the workshop, I couldn’t believe what a foolish promise I had made. “No way,” I thought. “What was I thinking?” I had a full time job, was a single parent, and was not at all confident that I could pull off what I had declared as my intention.
It was then July.
The very next day an amazing series of events began. My boss asked me to meet with another Vice President at the company to see if I could help them with a project – a project that could be the action research project I needed to complete my Master’s Degree!
Two months later the company was sold, and my job was eliminated -- the same day I completed the action project, giving me time to write up the results. I put the final report in the mail on December 31 st A week later my advisor approved my report, and my degree was complete, as I promised!
I know that without having declared my commitment in front of witnesses, I would have left that workshop thinking, “Good idea Jim, but just forget about your crazy idea.”
In the workshops I present I refer to the following quote by Goethe:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elemental truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
Recently I made regarded a commitment to myself. Two years previously I trained as a Program Leader and Coach in the Best Year Yet® System for Producing Results®, and thought I could follow the system pretty well by myself. I had made my annual plan, and I was somewhat successful in fulfilling the promises I made to myself. Only problem was that no one else was looking, so I could let the goals slide. My actions said that my goals didn’t really matter to me.
I finally woke up to my lackluster performance and decided it was time I demonstrated my commitment! I made the call, hired a coach, and set off on a whole new way of being in the world. I was accountable, not only to someone else, but to me! For a year now, I have looked forward to my monthly call with my coach, and my life is truly different.
I have learned that if change and results are what I am after, I need to get committed and move in the direction my vision directs. In other words, demonstrate that I am serious about it. Often I just need to step into my fear, find support, and embrace the unknown. When I do, my life expands. My world and my experience grows bigger for having taken on a new commitment.
So if you are tired of the ‘same old same old’, take a leap onto the playing field by making powerful commitment. One that, when achieved, would be life changing for you.
Tell the world you are serious about your life by demonstrating your commitment to the results that matter to you. Life supports you in playing big. Guaranteed.
About the Author
Jim is the Chief Results Officer of Take Charge for Results, and works with individuals and teams committed to change. His innovative and influential style of coaching stems from over 25 years of experience in human resources and organization development where he designed, developed, and implemented new initiatives to improve motivation, productivity, and workforce effectiveness. His career encompasses key positions in management, client services consulting, and outplacement coaching, while working in various organizations including education, manufacturing, state government, and management consulting. Visit Jim's website Take Charge for Results to contact Jim.