How Committed Are You?

We live in a time where commitment is momentary.  As long as you and I get along, I’m committed.  As long as you pay me what I feel I’m worth, I’ll continue to work for you.  As long as I feel cared for, cherished, and respected, I’ll stick around.

The grass is always greener on the other side.  It’s just a different type of “fertilizer” being used.  The challenges of any situation are common to the challenges in every other situation.  Different names, same results.  It’s time to commit and place your flag in the ground.

Commitment isn’t a commodity whose value shifts with time.  Commitment is, well, commitment.  It means:

: a promise to do or give something

: a promise to be loyal to someone or something

: the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

What’s your commitment level with your spouse?  Your company?  Your customers?

According to legend, when the Spanish Conquistador, Cortez, landed on the shores of Cozumel, he had the ships unloaded and gave command to his soldiers to begin their march towards the Mayan city to claim the gold and other riches.  As they made their way to higher ground, they looked back with terror as they saw their ships on fire.  Cortez desired 100% commitment from his men.  Knowing there was no escape without victory, Cortez raised the level of commitment from his men.

I’m committed.  Burn the freaking ship to the ground and move forward.  Either I am victorious or I perish, but either way, I will place my stake in the ground and I will be known for my commitment.

But it’s not just commitment.  Commitment by itself isn’t enough.  It requires that you give all of who you are where you are.  You must invest yourself in the outcome.  It means there are no options because you are committed to excellence and success — the very best — where you are.  No excuses.  No complaint.  Only commitment to be the very best, to create the very best, and to be the envy of all who try to follow you.

Stop living a mediocre life.  Stop performing at a mediocre, average level at work.  Step up and make a statement.  Make a difference where you are and impact all those around you.

Go big or go home!

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