Take a moment to think of 4-5 people you have had personal contact with who are accomplished in their lives. Quickly, make a list of the most successful people you know. So, what is it that took them where they are today?
Was it just their talent, or merely their self-confidence?
What is that secret ingredient?
I have to tell you, it’s nothing fancy or mindbogglingly complex. Your reaction will be more like ‘oh well yeah’ than ‘woah yes’ or ‘oooh’. The secret ingredient is COMMITMENT. There have been legions of successful and famous people who have failed repeatedly before finally making it big:
- J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter script was turned down 12 times by publishers before it made millions.
- Walt Disney was rejected 302 times before finally getting finance for his dream Walt Disney World.
- Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba was rejected by 30+ companies including KFC.
- KFC founder, Colonel Sanders was declined more than a thousand times before eventually finding a taker for his now famous, chicken recipe.
After so many disappointments what kept them going or what can keep YOU going is commitment. It motivates you through the hardest of times, motivates you while you are facing failure, defeat, rejection and doubt. Commitment is what replaces the ‘I can’t do it’ tape playing in your head to ‘I can do it’. It is a vital part of all success stories.
The only way you will see your success story also come true is if you stay committed. Because it isn’t merely about how you start but how you don’t give up and execute your task or idea and reach to the finish line despite the obstacles. So, when can you say you’re committed? Do you feel strongly about the importance of your goal? Is it something you have always dreamed of? Are you ready to put your credibility on line for it?
If the answer is ‘yes’ then my friend, sooner or later, your success is guaranteed. Your success or ‘great things’ as Deacon Jones says won’t happen if you’re not committed, it will be when you fall 7 times and get up 8 whilst achieving what you want.
Commitment is definitely the beginning of a successful journey.