When you start your business with Wealthy Affiliate, you will find you have many new things to learn. Along the way, you will learn many factors needed to be successful in your enterprise. Once you decide that this business is indeed where you want to be, you need to make a commitment for success.
When you make a commitment, it involves dedicating yourself to something, like a person or a cause. Think about any commitment carefully before you make it, as the decision will obligate you to do something.
When you commit to something, you bind yourself, either intellectually or emotionally, to a certain course of action. If you have the ability to commit, this trait involves a sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose. Being willing and able to commit to building your business will move you toward success.
Commitment is not something to be done lightly. There’s a big difference between verbally committing to something when you aren’t really ready to take that step, and an authentic sense of commitment. Taking the step is a personal choice. It depends on your personality, your needs, your emotional security, and your thinking process. You must be honest with yourself and to others.
When you commit, it helps you in getting through the tough times better. You’ll slog through disappointments and can still stay on course when moving toward your cause or goal.
Why Is Commitment Important?
Commitment is the backbone of a group or an organization, and it is this quality which gives a group its strength. Here are reasons why it is important:
1) If more people commit to a certain path, they are more effective in influencing others. In our Wealthy Affiliate community, many members offer encouragement to people to keep moving forward; not to give up. When many people in the community act with determination and commitment, more people will pay attention.
2) Committed people are ones who don’t take discouragement seriously. Instead, they do not give up. Their example helps those without the same confidence or experience to go through struggles and around blockades, holding out for the rewards of success.
3) When people share commitment, they cooperate at a higher level. The commitment itself fosters camaraderie, trust, and caring. These qualities will help keep a group going for a long time.
4) If one commits to an effort for a long enough period of time, he will learn what he needs to know to be more effective. We need to try things out, and if we make mistakes, figure out a way to overcome them.
How Does Commitment Develop?
Commitment is something that grows within people over time. There are ways that people cam make commitment grow. By working through conflicts together and making decisions together, they become stronger travelers on their chosen path. They can support another’s leadership and challenge each other to take the next step.
It’s like the mastermind idea — we can hold each other to high principles. We can learn from mistakes and setbacks, and sometimes experience a victory together. We can learn by modeling the commitment of our leaders.
In fact, our Wealthy Affiliate community fosters the atmosphere we need to find commitment. We build relationships together, and through appreciation and respect we can move forward and keep our commitment strong and healthy.
It is important to mobilize and sustain commitment because that will keep us on the road to our goals. It is vital to have a vision of the future you desire. Here is where a dream board and affirmations can be helpful.
Our leaders, Kyle and Carson, understand that it is important to welcome new people to our organization. If a person feels welcome to a group, they get a good feeling about being part of the group and they warm to the other members. Welcoming them makes them feel valued. Thus they become encouraged to become involved.
Understand The Commitment You Are Making
To make a commitment, people have to understand what they are committing to. If the organization that they join shares similar principles and goals, they will feel like they have found a home.
Commitment is contagious. If one person is committed, others will look at that example, and often follow that person’s lead. If you care about the work you are doing, it will show in your thoughts and actions. If commitment does not look like an impossible burden, more people will follow your lead.
When you are moving forward in your business, it is important to stretch your limits. Jump out of that box and accept the challenge. It will lead to growth. Start with what you can do, and gradually challenge yourself to try new things and to move in new directions.
If you fail, no big deal. You can learn some valuable lessons from the failure, and then reset your path and try again.
Even though it is not always easy, keep challenging yourself to reach new plateaus. Being challenged will keep you excited about the work you are doing.
Often in Wealthy Affiliate, people will blog about the progress they are making. These blogs are good, because not only does it show others your progress, but it also helps you realize how far you have come. It is important to note when things are going well. These positive moments can help you get through the hard times better.
People often search for meaning in their lives. If they can commit to their undertaking, they may have found the way to add that meaning. They may feel more fulfilled in life. It can be a victory over previous disappointments and a way to move into a stronger future.
This quote by Kenneth Blanchard sums up commitment nicely: “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.”
Commitment is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight. However, when you can fully commit to something, you will find your life enriched by your decision.
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