My friend and colleague Peter Cook, recently wrote a blog in which he posed a crucially important question: are you committed to your business? This is a great question that I believe all leaders, whether they are business owners or career managers should ask themselves. There is no doubt that unless we fully invest ourselves in the pursuit of our goals we are unlikely to get there. At best we are most likely to create ‘beige’ outcomes that fall short of our potential.
Pete’s blog inspired me to reflect on how important it is to ask this question about every aspect of our lives. How committed are we really to creating a reality in which we enjoy:
- Happiness and a sense of fulfillment?
- Having a strong spirit?
- Healthy relationships with our loved ones?
- Being fit and healthy?
- Financial security?
- Successful careers?
- Insert here anything else that for you defines a successful life
The first step in creating a successful life is knowing what we want to achieve. So often I work with people who don’t know what they want let alone know how to get there. The second and equally important step is committing to make it happen. Few goals in life are easy to achieve but most are impossible if we don’t sign up to invest the energy needed and tackle the challenges we face. The extent to which we are willing to commit will dictate the choices we make along the way and ultimately the level of success we create.
Contemplate for a moment these questions:
- How well do you know what you want to achieve?
- Do you know what steps you need to take to get there? If not, do you know the first step that you need to take?
- Do you understand what you need to change? and are you willing to make those changes?
- Are you willing to invest the energy needed to succeed?
- Are you ready to be resilient and face challenge head on?
- Are you willing to be vulnerable; that is to be completely honest with yourself and others?
- Are you willing to make necessary sacrifices?
Ultimately you need to ask yourself: Are you being honest with yourself about what you want and what you’re willing to do?
More often than not it’s challenging if not impossible to map out the entire path to our destination before we set out. For most of us, in most circumstances, the path is likely to meander or change direction. Sometimes we realise we are on the wrong path all together and need to back track in order to move forward. So once you know what you want and are ready to fully commit then ask yourself ‘do I know what next step I need to take?’
While having a clear goal and the determination to get there underpin success – taking one step at a time can help us find the strength to not only commit but keep committing through to the end.