Where does commitment come from, and how can I get some?
Beginnings are fun – there is excitement, optimism, the promise of something new. Successful endings are great, too, as you watch your idea bear fruit.
The tough part comes in the middle. It’s the part that involves effort, and sacrifice. Today I’ll share some thoughts and 18 motivational commitment quotes that will help you get through the hard parts so you can stay on track to turning your dream into a reality.
It Takes Commitment
The people who actually accomplish what they set out to do are the ones who are committed.
Once the spotlight and excitement of a new beginning starts to fade, the reality of the work looms. There is so much to do, and that distant goal doesn’t seem to be getting any closer.
To keep going, it takes commitment.
Distractions and temptations will appear. Something shiner, newer, seemingly easier may come into view to lure you from your path.
Every day you will have the opportunity to stray. But to stray is to fail in your commitment. What does it take to stay true?
Understand Your Why
If you really want to stick with something, to see it through to the finish, it’s good to start with a firm grasp of your “Why.”
When you can clearly articulate why you are doing something, it is easier to make those daily choices that allow you to remain on the path. Simon Sinek illustrates this point beautifully with his Celery Test.
Commitment is a daily choice to keep going, to say no to the distractions and temptations, and decide that you will remain focused on your goal and do what it takes to get there.
Unless you plan to win the lottery, realizing the dream takes time, effort, and discipline. Progress is usually measured in inches, not miles.
And for leaders, commitment is a critical component of trust – you have to be committed not only to your goals and ideas, but also to the people on your team. Every day.
With that in mind, here are a few quotes qabout commitment to help you through another day, and get you a few more inches closer to your goal. Because if you can wake up every day and find a way to take one more step forward, that’s progress.
18 Commitment Quotes
Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. - Mario Andretti Click To Tweet
When you step on the treadmill, make a commitment. Do, say, 3 miles a day. And don’t get off until you finish. It doesn’t matter what speed you’re going. Just don’t get off. - Tyrese Gibson Click To Tweet
There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. - Kenneth Blanchard Click To Tweet
And one last one for you:
The man who wants a garden fair,
Or small or very big,
With flowers growing here and there,
Must bend his back and dig.
The things are mighty few on earth
That wishes can attain.
Whate’er we want of any worth
We’ve got to work to gain.
It matters not what goal you seek,
It’s secret here reposes:
You’ve got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses.
– Edgar A. Guest
So be sure of your “Why,” and dig in that garden every day, and soon you will begin to see the fruit of your labors.
Stick with it, and good luck.
Question: What are your favorite commitment quotes?