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Leadership Thought #303 – Live Up To Your Commitments


The most successful people I know do what they say they are going to do when they say they are going to do it.  They are also good at being “present” in the moment and fully engaged in whatever they are doing.  They avoid distractions and abhor excuses.  High performance isn’t optional but instead a way of life.  To them, hyper-performance and multi-tasking is for amateurs.

Success in business and in life really isn’t all that complicated.  Have a clear goal, figure out the best route to achieve that goal, create a plan of action, take the requisite action, and maintain your focus regardless of the obstacles.  This doesn’t mean there won’t be bumps along the way or diversions.  In fact, your definition of success may change especially as other people enter and exit your life.  However, always know where you are going and what it takes to get there.  And, never give up or lose hope.  Life has a way of testing how bad you want something.

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend among leaders these days that it’s okay to overbook your schedule and rationalize non-performance.  It’s not a question of working hard.  Some of the people I know who are struggling have a fantastic work ethic.  Unfortunately they are often working hard due to a lack of focus, poor planning or being overcommitted.   There is nothing more fruitless and frustrating than working hard on the wrong things.   In addition, all of our technological devices can tempt us with the illusion of being always available and instantaneously aware of things but leaders aren’t actually leading others if they have to be constantly plugged in to what going on. 

We all have examples in our life when we had a laser like focus on something and stayed the course until we achieved what we wanted.  I’m sure there were many opportunities to get distracted or fall off course; however we remained steadfast and did what was required to achieve success.  I encourage you to reflect on and leverage these personal experiences to your benefit as often as possible.  If you are being honest with yourself, you already know the formula that leads to personal and professional accomplishment.

A leader’s job is to simplify not complicate things.  He/She needs to rally others around a common purpose with a clear definition of success and what it takes to get there.   It’s critical that they learn to lead by example and create a result-driven culture built on a mindset of personal accountability (starting with them).  If you are not careful, always being late, disappointing others, making excuses and rationalizing less than stellar results become bad habits that are hard to break.  Once you have a clear plan of action, live up to your commitments and expect others to do the same.  It really is that simple.

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4 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on The Black Hole Of The Internet and commented:
    Leaders should always aim to be reliable and to live up to their commitments. This post explains why and how one achieves that.

  2. …not to mention how rude it is to waste someone else’s time…

  3. […] blog I found is about helping leaders and organizations find their true potential.  He linked my Learning How to NOT Multi-Task as related reading in his Leadership Thought #303 […]

  4. […] Leadership Thought #303 – Live Up To Your Comittments (edrobinson.wordpress.com) […]

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