Are you someone who lives up to your commitments?
Consider your reaction to the following questions:
- Being 45 minutes late to a family dinner is okay—they are just family.
- I missed my deliverable date at work this week—it was really just a soft date, what’s one more day anyhow?
- I called the day of the event to cancel for my volunteer timeslot—other people with more time can take my place.
- I told my son I would attend his game on Friday, but I got stuck in traffic and missed it—he will understand, he always does.
- I am supposed to make at least 15 sales calls per day, but I usually only have time to make 10—there is just too much to do in a day.
Why are some people comfortable with allowing their commitments to slip while others will always meet them? Why is it that the busiest people are always the ones to take on more?
There are connections between personal and professional commitment
I once worked with a CEO who would go to the gym every day at 5:30 a.m. He never missed a day. He called his personal commitment to exercise a ‘non-negotiable’ in his life. He hired a trainer to help him with his daily routine and it soon became a habit, a positive ritual. This CEO is in control of his schedule and he sticks to it. By achieving his daily personal commitment to exercise, he feels energized and full. When he leaves the gym, he feels empowered because he just met one of his personal commitments. This feeling starts at the beginning and sets the tone for the rest of his day.
This feeling of abundance is his secret to having so much time to give to others. He is every bit as busy in his daily commitments as you and me, but he still always has time to give to important community projects.
I am sure you know this type of person. The person who is always on their game, busy, organized, and yet they always seem to have time to take on more and to give to others. These are the people you can count on. They will always get it done, no matter what. They understand their worth, the value of their time, and the value of other’s time. These are the folks that radiate energy and abundance.
How will you commit to achieving your commitments?
Think about your schedule next week. What commitments have you made or are you making? Ensure you will meet your commitments and put one of the most important commitments first thing in the morning so when accomplished, it fuels the rest of your day.
With a demanding schedule, achieving your commitments can be difficult, and the changes that you may need to make to accomplish this will not happen overnight. Become a student to train yourself in maximizing your time and productivity, improving performance, and increasing accountability techniques.
Know your worth! When you understand what your time is worth and can respect the value of other’s time, you will nurture healthier relationships.
Being responsible makes you a better sibling, friend, spouse, community member, and colleague. Keep your commitments and make more time for those people who stand by their word. Reduce the time spent with those who continuously blow you off. You are worth it!
What personal commitment have you made (or will you commit to making) that empowers you to achieve other commitments that others are depending on you for?
Tammy Berberick is the President and CEO of Crestcom International, a worldwide leadership, sales, and management training business in over 60 countries. You can read more of Tammy’s writings on leadership, purpose and life on her blog, Tammy’s Corner: Everyday Wisdom for Business Leaders.