Commitment is one of the key ingredients for goal-success. If you’re not fully committed to a goal, you won’t give it all the effort required to succeed.
When you’re not fully committed a goal — and most people aren’t — you give up too quickly, work with less determination, are more likely to procrastinate, and make more unproductive decisions.
Therefore, a lack of commitment is one of the most common reasons why people fail to achieve their goals. As Vince Lombardi said, “Most people fail not because of a lack of desire but because of a lack of commitment.”
Most People Falsely Think They Are Committed
Most people set goals and feel highly motivated for a few days, falsely assuming they’re committed to their goal.
After a few weeks, however, as the first obstacles arise or old habits kick in, they quickly lose motivation and start procrastinating on their goals. They were never really committed in the first place, they were just riding a temporary wave of motivation.
The desire for the outcome and the commitment to doing whatever it takes to achieve a goal are two completely different things. The first one is common, the second one much less.
How To Develop Strong Commitment To Your Goals
Fortunately, commitment is not something that falls out of the sky — it’s something you develop over time. One of the most effective ways to strengthen your commitment to your goals is by identifying your ‘why’.
Essentially, your ‘why’ can be described as all of the reasons why you desire to achieve a goal. It’s all the ways your life will improve if you’d achieve this goal — and all of the ways your life would be worse if you wouldn’t accomplish this goal.
Identifying your ‘why’ is essential as your ‘why’ is your anchor for when you encounter obstacles and challenges. It’s your go-to source of motivation for when times get rough and for when you ‘don’t feel like doing the work.’ Your ‘why’ is what keeps you going when you think about giving up.
Surface-Level Results Vs. Deeper-Level Results
Often, it’s not the surface-level results that form your ‘why’ — even though most people assume it is. Instead, you primarily desire a goal because of the deeper-level results that its achievement produces. This is your strongest ‘why.’
Take the goal of ‘I will earn $150,000 in this year’, for example. You don’t set this type of goal because you want the $150,000 (a surface-level result), but you set the goal because you want what this amount of money will do to your life.
Achieving this goal might give you security, freedom, and remove financial-related stress.
It might mean that your children can go to a good university and that you can provide for your family.
It might mean that you can finally travel the world, live more comfortably, and give more money to charity.
These reasons are much more inspiring than the $150,000 — which is just a few digits on a screen. By reminding yourself of these more inspiring deeper-level results, you are much more committed to achieving the goal.
Therefore, if you set a goal, always get clear on these deeper-level results as this forms your ‘why.’
The Dangers of Not Knowing Your ‘Why’
If you wouldn’t identify your ‘why,’ you’d be much less committed. And when you’re not as committed, you’re less likely to succeed.
You’d give in to instant-gratifications more easily, get distracted quicker, stay in your comfort zone more often, and give up much faster.
You wouldn’t be willing to invest the same amount of time and energy into achieving a goal compared to someone who knows their ‘why’ and is fully committed to their goals. In other words, you’d be much less likely to succeed.
However, when you’re fully clear on your ‘why’ — when you know exactly all the ways that achieving this goal will transform your life — you’re committed to achieving it.
“To reach levels of success you’ve never reached before, you must be committed at a level you’ve never been committed at before.” — Hal Elrod
When you’re truly committed to a goal, you do the work despite not feeling like it. You work on your goals even though you’d rather sleep in. You defy the cold and rain for it. You break old destructive patterns for it. And you push through any obstacle that comes in your way.
The stronger your commitment, the more likely you are to succeed as you refuse to give up or give in. You make more disciplined and productive decisions — and are more willing to go out of your comfort zone. That’s what it takes to achieve success.
Now Do It
All in all, if you want to make sure you achieve a big and ambitious goal, you need to be fully committed. And identifying your ‘why’ is one of the most effective ways to develop a strong commitment to a goal.
Therefore, as an action point for this article, pick your most important goal and ask yourself ‘why do I desire this goal?’, ‘what are the deeper-level results that achieving this goal produces?’ and ‘what are all the ways my life will transform if I achieve this goal?’
Write down your ‘why’ and review it on a daily basis as part of your morning routine to start your day focused and inspired.
To Your Personal Growth,
Founder Personal Growth Lab
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