Commitment to Success vs. A Decision for Success
What’s the difference between a commitment to success and a decision to succeed?
There are 3 frogs sitting on a log and two decide to jump in the pond, how many frogs are left on the log?
Answer: 3, two decided to jump, but didn’t commit to jumping in the pond and didn’t take the necessary action to do so.
I often use this analogy to describe the state that many marketers are in when talking about success.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me, “I’ve decided to go for it Mark! I’m really excited!”
Well, that’s awesome and all, but the truth of the matter is no matter what someone tells me, I want to see action behind the words.
Of course, it’s their life, not mine so I’m not going to be critical at all…at least I’m not going to be critical until that same person comes to me and asks why they aren’t finding the success that they expected.
And my response is always the same, There are 3 frogs on a log… You get the picture.
Making a decision to do something in your life, whether it be setting the world on fire in your latest network marketing program or deciding to build a blog about camping is terrific…and a great first step, but there are MANY more steps afterwards that a person will have to take before seeing any results.
So what does a commitment look like?
First, let’s define it so we are all on the same sheet of music.
Definition of commitment
1a : an agreement or pledge to do something in the future
b : something pledged
c : the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled
The above definitions are from the Mariam-Webster site and even these are a little weak.
A commitment is so much more than a decision. A commitment requires dedication to your cause, but also dedication of action.
If you are not taking any action towards a worthwhile goal then you are still toying with the idea.
If, on the other hand, you have taken at least some initial steps in joining a program, studying the business opportunity, writing a blog post, etc. you have shown that you are willing to take the time to move forward in your endeavor.
Remember, this is YOUR life and whether you realize it or not, you ARE working on a dream. The question you have to ask yourself is this: Are you working on YOUR dream?
Only setting a worthwhile goal and then pursuing that goal with all of your efforts will you ever comes close to achieving it.
Until then, you are still in the “deciding” stage, testing the waters with your toes.
When you commit, you won’t jump into the waters of uncertainty, but rather dive in head first, learning to swim along the way.
If you truly want to become successful, either online or in the brick and mortar world, the time for deciding is over. Jump in with both feet, go to the deep end and give it your all.
Yes, it may not always work out, but learn from your mistakes, your failures. Get back up, dust yourself off and go again with your new found knowledge and experience.
Making a commitment for success is the starting point for all great achievements.