In a few days I’ll be celebrating Outshine’s 5th birthday – a milestone I’m very proud to reach. As the stats go, getting a small business off the starting blocks and making it to the 5 year mark is an achievement in it’s own right as many don’t get that far. But it hasn’t been easy – it’s taken a lot of hard work and importantly, a truck load of commitment which I believe is a key ingredient to achieving anything worthwhile in life.
Author and management expert Ken Blanchard said ‘There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results”.
When I left my corporate career to start Outshine there were many doubters. And lets face it, I took a lot of risk with no clients or income, which was a struggle for many to comprehend. I remember my boss at the time trying to persuade me to stay, throwing every possible excuse at me that would have made it easy for me to put Outshine on hold.
But the difference was that I was 100% committed to my goal. Changing my career and setting up my own business wasn’t something I was just dabbling in, wondering how it might pan out. I’d wanted to be my own boss for as long as I could remember, and spent 3 years studying and retraining to help me do that. I’d invested a lot of time, energy and money in going after that goal, and I had a robust plan in place that I was confidently following. So nothing could persuade me otherwise because my level of commitment was beyond excuses, and my vision was exciting and compelling.
All of that said, there have been many times in my life where I would freely admit that I was only ‘interested’ in a goal rather than committed. Weight-loss, changing jobs, getting fit …. they’re just a few of the things I’ve tried halfheartedly over the years. Admittedly I’ve come back to them when my need was greater which meant my level of commitment changed too. And I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point.
As Blanchard points out, being committed means you’ll overcome any lack of convenience and bypass the excuses you’ve been using when you’re truly committed to whatever it is you want to achieve.
So take a moment now to consider your goals and whether you really are committed to them. If you’re finding every excuse under the sun to put them off, you’re only interested and in most cases that’s not going to be enough to get the result you’re looking for (or it’ll take you a LOT longer to get there!).
Don’t dabble with your goals – if you want something enough give it your all and go after it 100%. But if you’re not that committed, find something different that really presses your buttons and change your focus. Dabbling around generally only wastes time which you could be using on something that you really want.
What are you committed to achieving this year? Write a comment below and get committed today!
Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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