We are starting the New Year focusing on SMART Goals. (Learn more about SMART goals here.) Next, you have to make a choice to commit yourself to your goals, and then you must act on that choice consistently and continuously until you reach it.
#1 People Can Tell You Are Committed by Your Actions
If you want to excel at anything in life, you need to be committed. If you only want to be good enough to get by, then a commitment to excellence is not necessary. If you are committed to a cause, you don’t need to tell anyone. They can tell from your actions.
#2 Get to the Finish Line with a Road Map & Strategy
Wanting something and actually making a commitment to getting it are two different things. Your goals may be big and worthy, but do you have the passion to see them through? Success starts with a road map and a strategy; that’s just the beginning. You must be prepared to see the action plan through — making a commitment to get to the finish line.
#3 Commit to Being Your Best
NBA star LeBron James, four-time league MVP, NBA champion, and Olympic gold medalist, has made a commitment to playing his best and in being a good citizen both on and off the court.
James sums it up this way: “Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?”
#4 Stay Loyal to What You Said You Were Going to Do
The thing about commitment is that it means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. Now, it is up to you.