In the spirit of being Brand New in 2017, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of what it truly means to be committed to excellence. The word “commitment” is defined as the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose. Very powerful if you think about it. The direction of where and how your purpose reveals itself is based on your level of commitment.
Commitment means more than creating vision boards and sticky notes that remind you of the goals you’ve set out to attain. Commitment means more than talking about what you plan to do. Commitment is definitely not just a series of do-overs in life. In fact, commitment is the pursuit of relentless action towards success and achieving your goals!!! THERE SHOULD BE NO VISION WITHOUT ACTION! And with this action is the fulfillment of purpose and with purpose comes inevitable prosperity! In other words, you will eventually reap what you’ve sown!
Recently I was intrigued when learning about the five-hour rule. The rule reflects the idea that over time, the smartest and most successful people are the ones who are constant and deliberate learners. This term was coined due to Ben Franklin consistently investing roughly an hour a day to deliberate learning. Oprah, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are just a few game changers who also live by this rule. Imagine what would happen if we applied the five-hour rule to pursuing our purpose and refining our brand to perpetuate personal and professional growth!?!?
Think about the goals you have recently set. Now ask yourself, “What has been my level of commitment? Am I doing absolutely everything in my power to make sure my mission manifests?” If you can answer with an assured “yes”, then continue to focus until you are fruitful. If not, it’s time to redefine your commitment. As once proclaimed by Abraham Lincoln, “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.”
HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE AND COMMIT! Regardless of if it’s five hours or five minutes – what will you consistently commit to in 2017??
By Dr. Avis Foley
Co-Publisher, Purpose Weekly