The concept of commitment has two key strong explanations: 1. the state of being dedicated, or 2. a relationship that restricts freedom of action. Being an entrepreneur, I follow the first! When we speak of a committed relationship we usually mean to a spouse or a place of employment. Sometimes that brings joy and sometimes it brings rules and restrictions. Being committed to your idea seems to bring freedom from pursuing that which makes you happy.
Author Kenneth Blanchard once said “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” What’s important in entrepreneurship is choosing your commitments wisely. When you commit to people and projects that are truly important to you, your relationships will improve, you will be more successful.
True achievement in any sphere of action depends upon relationships and a whole-souled love.
–Optimist Christian Larson
Of course, being committed you must follow through with no fear of the outcome. Once you see these goals clearly everything else comes into focus and you begin to have more time for those pursuits of happiness. Entrepreneurs intrinsically understand that new ventures mean risks. The minute we commit to an idea, we understand that there is a price paid either in time, money, or effort that is required to move forward in the direction of their choice.
The six most common traits of those committed to their idea:
Work all the time
They will try anything to get the desired result
They are flexible
Everyone knows what they do
Practice makes perfect
Get their hands dirty
With the start of a new decade, I invite you to find your passion, set your goals and plot a course for success. Sometimes it’s with your first idea, sometimes with your very last. You will never know unless you try!
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Life By Design and is featured here with Author permission.