Conscious commitment to a bigger vision and goal creates results that really matter and make a bigger difference. Today, in my own weekly best practices mastermind I was reminded of the power of commitment, values alignment, and the increased results and success it brings to both individuals and groups.
When one isn’t committed you find they are what I call slippery. Slippery people, clients and organizations often have great conversations but do little to nothing with the lofty content and the outcome generates relatively low value, meek personal satisfaction and modest measurable results.
The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating — in work, in play, in love. – Anne Morriss
This inspirational quote on the power of commitment perfectly states what in addition to results is gained – liberation. We often don’t think of commitment and liberation as being a powerful force.
How can you increase your power of commitment?
If we took time up front to become clear and aligned with the bigger picture vision we would be able to be more decisive and ultimately committed to the goals and tactics that are necessary to undertake and reach your larger vision, plans and goals. It would help you create a more sustainable path and results.
When one actually has a vision / bigger plan you have a more powerful commitment and sustainable results because you are invested. Unfortunately, many individuals don’t take the time to understand how your vision on many occasions isn’t supported and aligned with your individual core values.
I’ve found time and again, if you are not in alignment with your own core values there is greater unconscious conflict and you more easily allow obstacles to stop your progress – as well as you are less invested in your organization and become what I call slippery.
When you’re slippery you are in essence telling yourself one thing, such as “this is very important” but you don’t believe it – often because it’s not in alignment with your core values and what you really believe. And because you are not willing to face this reality you act “as if” this is a perfectly acceptable vision, plan and goal, but don’t have the personal drive and belief to make it happen no matter what stands in the way.
Clients and organizations that don’t understand the correlation between personal values alignment and personal level of commitment to a larger organizational vision often wonder why “the best laid plans” don’t come to fruition. Once they begin on some level to take this into account they will soon notice an increased level of commitment and personal motivation that increase the bottom line results and overall satisfaction levels that make a stronger organization.
How often do you notice you or others on your team are being “slippery” and what do you do to create a stronger sense of commitment?