Life: Be Better Than Everyone Else: Make a Commitment

What makes people stand out and succeed? When you see someone that is successful, do you wonder how they got there? One of the main ingredients of that recipe is what you don't see behind closed doors. And that is commitment. You may hear some of these people talk about the things they did to get where they are, but many times you don't hear the not-so-sexy details of how they groomed themselves for success. The reason... commitment is tough. I'm not going to beat around the bush here. It is! But once you start living your life in a committed way, you become a better person overall, it gets easier, and you will notice great exponential results in every aspect of your life, and career.

Commitment is not a habit

It's an action, it's a lifestyle.

You all hear about New Year Resolutions...I still haven't figured out why people need to wait until day one of the new year. There's plenty of other days in the year that you can commit to as your starting date. How about February 9th (Read in the Bathtub Day)? Or how about right now? You're reading this because you are seeking to better your life and your career, so right now, what's in your head that you want to achieve? Ok, so write this down right now. I will commit to... (I'll give you a minute)... Ok? So now, think about three elements that you need to do so you will become committed to your goal. And finally list two actionable items you need to do under each element. You will now end up with six items overall. Don't list any more than that. Why not? Because we all have a habit of creating so many items on our list that our brain starts to panic and immediately feels overwhelmed and we add more anxiety then run away.

I'll break this down on how it came to be that I will run in the NYC Marathon this year. (When two years ago, I could barely run down the block)

2015: I will commit to running the NYC Marathon within the next two years.

  1. Find out how to enter the marathon
    1. Research on the internet, ask friends, ask on my socials
    2. Complete every requirement listed by the Marathon guidelines
  2. What do I need to start running
    1. Research equipment
    2. Use equipment
  3. Training Support
    1. Research running clubs
    2. Run with clubs

Outcome: I'm running the NYC-fucking-Marathon!!!

Notice how simple that is? Everything that goes in between all that is just activity. Let me break this formula down for you (which you can also apply to everything else in life and business)

Commitment: One item. Don't overload yourself. ONE.

  1. Find the answer. A) Research. B) Do it!
  2. Find the answer. A) Research. B) Do it!
  3. Find the answer. A) Research. B) Do it!

Notice I didn't say A) Research running clubs, then B) Join a running club. Why? Because joining the club doesn't represent the actionable end result. Think of it as a 'shorter-time-to-action'. I'm going to look up running clubs so I can run with experienced people who will support me, give me helpful advice - where I will create new bonds and experiences, make new friends, get encouragement, learn tips and tricks, commit to running with them, and end up running in the same marathon with them.

When you commit to something your life becomes part of it... continuous learning will become second nature, things will come to you and appear before you even know it. Since I made this commitment, my Facebook feed has now incorporated stories and information on running and more on living healthier (which I am), as opposed to the crap that was showing up in the past. I am no longer in my 'commitment' phase of running because it has integrated into my everyday lifestyle, and now I can focus on a new commitment.

The indirect effect on other areas of your life

Since I made my commitment, I have met Extraordinary people and been on many wonderful adventures, and good things have come to me. I run with the North Brooklyn Runners where we even do a group run to go hand out food from City Harvest as part of a community revival project. We do this because we believe in more than just ourselves. In one instance, the community group offered us free tickets to see the very first Tennis match at Barclay's Center - it was a legends event and I got to see John McEnroe play (which I never got to in my life). It was a surprise to us - we don't do this with expectations anything in return for helping out, it was something that just came to us. We got to experience something unique and this all came out of my commitment to Running the NYC Marathon! Great things come to those who make a commitment to their own lives, help the world, and want to be more than they currently are. You will begin to see your world change before your eyes once you make your commitment - and stick to it.

Take a listen to what one person had to say about crushing it because he went all in.

 Takeaways:

  1. Make one commitment...Now!
  2. Write it down
  3. Identify three points to achieve your goal
  4. Commitments become easier every time you complete one
  5. Notice how your life begins to change and appreciate the great things that come your way
  6. Celebrate your results

Do you have something you're committing to, or are about to? Share them in the comments below. Or email me with your 3-point outline. I'll be sure to respond.

I have to run for now, I made a commitment to accomplish something by tonight. See you next week.

 

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