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Commitment – 2nd (of 7) “Super Words”


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Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, is a monumental granite sculpture that represents the first 150 years of the history of the United States of America with 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (left to right): George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865).

When thinking of an image that could portray our “Super Word” for this post “Commitment,” I looked at numerous pictures, but chose this one. Anyone who has read about these four men, would likely agree that commitment was one of their best virtues.

I now shift to a more modern time, and a different genre, for quotes about commitment:

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Mario Andretti (Italian born American Race driver. b.1940)

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi quotes (American Football Coach, national symbol of single-minded determination to win.1913-1970)

Webster defines “Commitment” as:
a : an agreement or pledge to do something in the future

b : something pledged

c : the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled <a commitment to a cause>

My purpose in looking at these “Super Words” is to learn how to change habits effectively. I have failed many times to make changes, even after setting goals to do so. Planning is important, and setting goals is important, but commitment is the path to action. Someone once said when eating a ham and egg breakfast, “The chicken was involved, but the pig was committed.”

As I work on my plan to change a key habit, to improve, I know it is necessary to implement the changes for at least 30 days before a new habit will replace the old one. Getting up earlier, and having a “Quiet Time” as well as more family time to start the day are important habits I want to form. Becoming committed right now to that result is, I think, the best thing I can do to reach my goal.

I’ll keep you informed of my progress (or lack thereof). Would you share your comments with me?

Next week’s post will examine “Discipline.”



Super Words! – Introduction


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As I try to build new habits, to follow a more effective path in my life, I continue to “crash” into obstacles, distractions, and fall back to the old habits.  I read the books of many successful persons who share how to follow the plan which led them to their particular desired result (great job, new business, better health, wealth, fame, great relationships, or professional achievement, etc.).  I can read most of the words and understand them.  It’s those “Super Words” with which I have trouble. 

  • Character
  • Commitment
  • Discipline
  • Goals
  • Motivation
  • Persistence
  • Balance

I call these “Super Words” because they are so extremely important.  And to achieve changes in life that are positive, productive, and helpful to others requires understanding some of these “super” words, and internalizing  them.  I must make these a part of my thoughts if they are to become part of my actions.

In the coming weeks, each of these words will in turn be the focus of one of seven successive weekly posts of this blog, beginning with “Character.”   This will insure that I examine each of these “Super Words,” and increase my understanding of the critical concepts these timeless words embrace.

Will you join me on this 7-week journey.  What we share could help us Learn to Change Habits as we seek to improve.

I encourage your comments to add to the discussion for all of us.

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How to Recover When I Fail


This video is encouraging! These marvelous examples of real success are phenomenal, yet we are shown that they too faced failure, adversity, or experiences that could have dampened all their hopes.

May we learn to set our sights on our vision, and to know that we can do what we need to do.

Does this video encourage you?

Applying New Ideas…


As I struggle often in this quest to “Change Habits”, I am reading as much as I can to understand the process and how I can achieve the result I am working to achieve.

Some of what I had just read encouraged me to write a plan to include the why, what, who, and how of my method.  As I began, I read a blog on “mind mapping”, which I had briefly tried once in the past.  This time the author suggested the tool from   I am still new to it, but the result is a visually interesting image of what I entered into the map (benefits, measurement, and achievement that is available, if I will transform my misstep into a new habit and integrate it into my life).

If you wish to try mindmapping for yourself, the tool at seems to work well.

Let’s see if a visual chart will help keep my focus more intent on my goal.

Discipline – the bridge…


My work continues to go well, my life is satisfying and has purpose.  I am blessed.

But — I have a mission to change some habits, some personal and some work related.  These require that I “add on” more activity to my day, starting early with energy, and keeping that energy level going until time to rest.  One of my “projects” is weight loss, and the new habits include more exercise, and a healthy eating plan which doesn’t allocate room for familiar comfort foods when I feel stressed.

At work, I am productive and “get my job done”.  But there are goals to create systems to reach the next level, steps to encourage and challenge the TechTeam I work with to improve performance.  This, for me, requires study of the principles, incorporating the practice of these principles into my daily routine, and keeping my focus on achieving the goals.

I seem to resist following the steps that I know will reap rewards, and hence I have to continually “re-direct” my self toward the plan.  But it is the right step, the best step, and the step that can take me “all the way” toward the vision that is best for me.

March 23rd, 2009 – A milepost of assessing my progress (and the areas where I am “missing the boat”).  A milepost from which I can travel forward by “Changing Habits” for the good, for the goal.

 The tool I must use to build the “changed habits” is discipline.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”  —Jim Rohn