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The Importance and Practice of Commitment

Committed to a Promise

A promise was made thousands of years ago not to destroy the earth again with water. A rainbow was the sign hung in the sky as a reminder of the promise. Hanging a sign around our necks would be difficult to remind others of a promise to them. However, the word commitment speaks of involvement and engagement. When we involve ourselves with keeping a promise, this speaks louder of commitment than a giant sized bill board.

Every day is a day the Lord has made. While He is creating a day He places a rainbow in the sky at the appropriate time and under the proper conditions. He is very much involved in keeping His promise. We should be the same in making personal commitments and promises.

The word commitment means a pledge or promise. When we make pledges or promises we are actually committing ourselves to a task of engagement for whatever it takes to fulfill them. With this in mind, we should be aware of the effort, cost and integrity that are associated with making and fulfilling them.

One of the five steps in the book, ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential,’ is about making commitments. This step is very important because you cannot set a goal and achieve satisfactory results without being committed. How many people do you know who started a diet and was not committed enough to reach their goal? This is true with just about anything we engage ourselves. It takes commitment to set goals, create a plan, and apply proper action steps to fulfill the entire plan.

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Failed Commitment

One way to guarantee a failed commitment is not to be engaged. I have seen many make promises and do not put forth the slightest effort to even make a note of the commitment. For example, when you promise someone you will call them, talk about the best times and then enter the date and time into your phone calendar with a reminder. This is a simple example, however very effective in portraying the need of engagement.

Remaining engaged is the best practice to produce results. No one wants to fail. However, think about this. Failure is not a stopping point; it is a starting point for something new. A finish line is not needed if the athlete or driver is not committed. Commitment helps us keep our eyes on the goal and press toward the finish line.

Discipline and Commitment

Discipline is a dirty word to some. It speaks of changing normal routines and mindsets. This is a hard thing for some, because it takes too much commitment.

Practicing is the process of disciplining yourself and will help you be more committed in keeping your promises. Following this process will assist you in making, maintaining and fulfilling commitments. When you are disciplined in a certain area you will become better in that area. Of course, if you continue some failure may occur. Do not stop the discipline if you fail. However, learn from it and continue the process, because this is also a commitment. Commitment helps one not to run away, throw up their hands or throw in the towel.

Through several wrecks, burning eyes from sweat and a shaking car the pit stop may look very appealing to a race car driver. However, crossing the finish line is the only way he will get close to the trophy and prize money. Race after race is what will eventually lead him to the checkered flag first. Commitment will help you keep your eyes on the goal!

Don’t Miss Out

Order your book ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential’ and be prepared for ‘A Day of Discovery.’ This day is designed with several FREE teleconferences throughout the day to walk participants through all five steps from the book. Just to emphasize, all five steps in one day. You could tap into your potential and be propelled to a new level in ONE DAY! A prerequisite is to order the book by clicking here and email the receipt to author@danielevans.org. The access information for the calls and schedule of calls will be forwarded to you by email.

By Daniel W. Evans

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Bees Teach How To Develop Focus

A Busy Bee

Development of skills to maintain focus for leadership, business, ministry, or personal growth is desperately needed. Focus is important to maintaining a specific course intended to achieve a set goal. You can be as busy as a bee. However, if you do not remain focused you will not be making honey or money. I have a lesson to share with you that I learned last summer about bees and focus.

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My Wife’s Bee Pool

My wife had a pool installed last spring and before she could enjoy the water it was infested with honey bees. She is allergic to stings with some traumatic experiences when she was younger. It was kind of humorous watching the bees enjoy the pool while flopping around getting their wings wet. All Debra could do was view them at a distance wondering why she could not get in her pool. She made several calls to professionals to find out why there was a bee party at her pool. After hearing several opinions, she learned that bees will travel great distances not only for pollen, but water as well. She tried many recommended remedies to no avail and finally accepted what three of them had said. The three opinions in agreement were that the bees would leave soon and were only there because they smelled water from a new source. They finally left as it was stated. My wife was happy as she floated and flapped her wings to get them wet. She was happier and more excited than the bees were!

 

A Bee Lesson

Let me explain the lesson learned. We were told that the bees would not bother us if we were not a threat. You could even get in the water as long as you did not directly disturb them. This was even hard for me to understand because they were everywhere on the surface of the water and flying all around the pool. They said the bees would just move out-of-the-way, because all they wanted was water. We did not get into the water ourselves, but noticed when we were cleaning the pool and placing other items into the water they would just move around or fly off and later return.

Eventually, in about three weeks, they left. It happened to be true what we were told by three professionals. They were only focused on getting water back to the hive from a new water hole. They finally realized this new water hole was not a good source and left. The bees were so focused that nothing hindered them from flapping their wings in the water and taking water back to the hive. The only time they would lose focus was if they were directly threatened.

How many times do we allow things around us to distract us? We may have no control over these things and they may not directly affect us. However, we allow them to distract us to the point of not recognizing opportunities and not achieving our goals. Have you heard the phrase, ‘none of your business?’ Many times we involve ourselves with things that we have no business involving ourselves. It only tends to distract us from focusing on the business at hand. The results are disappointments that failures.

 

A Coaching Bee

A coach asks questions to direct his client inward to where the answer may already rest. Ask yourself this question. Am I fully engaged in the process of focus to reach my goal? If you are not, you will lose time that can never be recovered, not to mention opportunities that may not return to you again. Two chapters in the book ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential’ deal with the subject of focus.

 

The Hive Must Thrive

We all should learn from the honey bee that focus is needed for the hive or tribe to thrive. Those who follow you depend not only upon their own focus, but yours as well. How are you leading? Are you leading with unaltered focus? God has given us great lessons to learn from nature and the mentors He has placed in our lives. Focusing to develop your positive traits will increase your positive influence. As Christians, we should focus on being such godly examples that others desire a relationship with Christ. That, my friend, is the ultimate influence derived from intentional and precise focus.

We can help you with focus and with many other leader qualities. Mark your calendar to join us on August 26th for ‘A Day of Discovery.’ We will offer more details for this one-day event with multiple teleconferences as the date draws near. Just a heads up, you will need a copy of the book, ‘A Commitment to Unleash Your Leader Potential,’ to participate in this event. Save your receipt when you purchase the book!

 

By Daniel W. Evans

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