If you want to be an effective leader, you have to be committed. True commitment inspires and attracts people. It shows them that you have conviction. They will believe in you only if you believe in your cause.
As The Law of Buy-In states, people buy into the leader, then the vision.
People don’t at first follow worthy causes. They follow worthy leaders who promote causes they can believe in.
Commitment starts in the heart. If you want to make a difference in other people’s lives as a leader, look into your heart to see if you’re really committed. The only real measure of commitment is action. And there will be times when commitment is the only thing that carries you forward.
“Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.” — David McNally
When it comes to commitment, there are really only four types of people:
- Cop-outs — People who have no goals and do not commit
- Holdouts — People who don’t know if they can reach their goals, so they’re afraid to commit
- Dropouts — People who start toward a goal but quit when the going gets tough
- All-outs — People who set goals commit to them , and pay the price to reach them.
Which person are you?
Have you been reaching your goals?
Are you achieving all that you believe you can?
Do people believe in you and follow you readily?
If your answer to any of these questions is no, the problem may be your level of commitment.
To improve your commitment, do the following:
Measure it. Sometimes we think we are committed to something, yet our actions indicate otherwise. Spend a few hours tallying up how you spend your time and where you spend your money. All these things are true measures of your commitment.
Know what’s worth dying for. If it came down to it, what in life would you not be able to stop doing, no matter what the consequences were? Meditate on that thought, then see if your actions match your ideals.
Use the Edison method. If taking the first step toward commitment is a problem, try doing what Thomas Edison did. When he had a good idea for an invention, he would call a press conference to announce it. Then he’d go into his lab and invent it.
Make your plans public and you might be more committed to following through with them.
Take away: Ed Macauley made a comment to pro basketball player Bill Bradley when he was 15. “Just remember that if you’re not working at your game to the utmost of your ability, there will be someone out there somewhere with equal ability. And one day you’ll play each other, and he’ll have the advantage.”
How do you measure up against that standard?
Do your people buy-in to you?
“Commitment gives new power. No matter what comes to us—sickness, poverty, or disaster—we never turn our eyes from our goal.”—Ed McElroy USAir