Growing up, my family always taught me to keep my commitments. It was a matter of honor to do so, and my father used to say, “A good man always does what he says he will.” Usually, he said it when I was trying to put off my household chores!
What I’ve found over the years is that success goes far beyond being simply a matter of honor. Is keeping your commitments the right thing to do? Absolutely, but we’re missing half the argument. It is possible, at least in theory, to keep your honor simply by not making any commitments. But that’s the lazy person’s way out. The act of making the commitment has value in and of itself, and getting into the habit of keeping them is what makes your life successful and richly satisfying.
Setting career goals as well as personal goals means you have something in mind that will ultimately be of benefit. Maybe it will benefit you financially, or it can be a goal that will give you personal satisfaction, spiritual strength, or enjoyment. It can be something as simple as having a big-screen TV in your living room, or something as ambitious as becoming a millionaire—or enjoying better health and wellness, fitness, energy and mindfulness. It could be promoting world peace. But in setting and achieving goals, the most important step is to transform those goals into commitments.
A goal by itself is just somewhere you want to be. A commitment means you’ve made a decision that you’re going to get there.
When we talk about setting and achieving goals, we need a framework. It’s important to write down what those goals are, develop a strategy, outline the steps you need to take to achieve the goals, and line up the people and resources you need to help you achieve your goals. Then you’ve got to give your goals teeth. You empower your goals by wrapping a commitment around it. Without the commitment, your goals are nothing more than a nice idea.
When you set out your goals and the commitments that accompany them, it’s important to be very specific. Use clear metrics and include milestones. Why is this important? Your ability to make and keep commitments is what drives success. It’s easier to keep a goal that has a firm, specific commitment wrapped round it. And when you keep those commitments, you are seen as credible and trustworthy—and once you have that reputation, success comes naturally.
Over three decades, in my corporate and personal life and while empowering thousands of others to undertake huge transformations, I’ve learned that the right Framework, Attitude, Skills and Tools (F.A.S.T.) are the jet fuel needed to keep the commitments you make.
If you’d like to become accomplished at achieving your goals and get the help you need to keep all your commitments, thereby transforming your life, then I’d encourage you to explore and enrol in one of these three events. I hope to see you there soon – and share the jet fuel that has helped so many others already!