There’s a big difference between being interested in achieving a goal and being committed to that goal – and what I’ve discovered is that being interested isn’t enough. Entrepreneurs and mission-driven professionals who are committed typically demonstrate that commitment with the following traits:
- Go “all in” even if they don’t know how to achieve the goal.
- Act from a deep resourcefulness, trusting that they will find answers and resources they need.
- Have beliefs, thoughts and ideas that are congruent with success of the goal.
- Let go of needing approval and validation from others.
- Invest fully in achieving the goal (like hiring a coach, expert and other support personnel.)
- Address bottlenecks and roadblocks quickly. If there is a situation in the way that is stealing time or energy, committed goal-seekers will resolve the issues so they can get back to business.
- Focus on the positive outcomes of achieving the goal instead of lamenting the cost of pursuing their dream.
- Achievement is tied to their values and priorities which creates limitless energy and inspiration during the pursuit.
- Willing to get uncomfortable and take action (even though it might be scary) to achieve the goal.
What that translates to is this — when you are committed, you will be relentless in your pursuit of the goal. Obstacles don’t take you out of the game. They simply become a learning opportunity so that you get better at your game.
When you are merely interested, you change direction a lot and never seem to achieve the dreams you talk about.
Next time you find yourself procrastinating and chasing new bright shiny ideas, ask yourself this question:
Am I committed to doing whatever it takes, or is this just a nice idea?
Now, before you go, what is your evidence you are committed to your goals? I’d love to hear it in the comments (and maybe there’s more than nine traits!)