Archive for the ‘Goals’ Category

Commitment – 2nd (of 7) “Super Words”

11/18/2009

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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.”

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How to Stand Firm (3 steps)

10/14/2009


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“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” —Abraham Lincoln

When I thought of the concept of “standing firm”, several images came to mind. The “Rock of Gilbralter” was one. Then I considered the large pyramids, structures that have existed as immovable objects over thousands of years. Taking a stand to change behavior is very hard. Failure lies in wait around every bend of the path we take toward the change we desire. To avoid the failure, we must transform our thinking. But we must first have a firm foundation, and the following 3 Steps are necessary.

1 – Know what you believe.
What we believe to be true, the values we hold dearly, and the principles we know we should follow, work together to build a strong foundation which supports our life, our decisions, and our actions. When I read the quote from Abraham Lincoln, I recalled reading about the difficulty in his life, the failures he faced, and then as President, the courage he demonstated when he “put his feet in the right place, then stood firm,” with so many against him.

2 – Know where you are going.
Life is a journey, and we need a vision to realize our destination — what it will look like, feel like, and be like. One of my goals is a business. Before focusing on the rudiments of finance, marketing, and operations, I need to develop a clear picture of what this business will look like, feel like, and be like when it is at its best. That image, that vision, will affect my decisions and actions along the way. Zig Ziglar said, “You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have.” I need to see what I need to become (be) and then act (do) in that way to achieve (have) the goal.

3 – Know what is important.
In our fast-moving, fast-changing lives with a plethora of distractions, it is necessary to clarify the most important thing I can do today (now) to move toward that vision. Then with commitment, competence, and confidence take action. When I fail, it’s time to learn, and then persisently redirect my action. When I succeed, that provides learning also which enables me to build habits that will repeat that success.

What would you add to this list?

1 Way to Make a Difference. And then some…

05/28/2009

Today, I want to share information provided by simpletruths.com in an email — an excerpt from their book,

Charging the Human Battery 

“When we have done our best, we can await the results in peace.”
— Author Unknown

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Committing to excellence is not an act, it’s an attitude. It’s an attitude that is captured in this short thought titled: And Then Some… 

And then some…
These three little words are the secret to success.
They are the difference between average people and top
people in most companies.
The top people always do what is expected…
and then some.
They are thoughtful of others; they are considerate
and kind…
and then some.
They meet their responsibilities fairly and squarely…
and then some.
They are good friends and helpful neighbors…
and then some.
They can be counted on in an emergency…
and then some.
I am thankful for people like this, for they make
the world a better place. Their spirit of service is
summed up in these three little words…
And then some.”
  

This is from one of 50 short chapters in Charging the Human Battery…50 Ways to Motivate Yourself. We all have doubts, fears and disappointments in our lives and occasionally need a “shot of inspiration.” That’s what this little book is all about…ideas to inspire, encourage and motivate when you need it most!   —Mac Anderson (simpletruths.com)

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