Mark McMorris flew through the air doing a front side 360 degree flip at high speed. Fog was settling over the terrain. He went a little too far left and hit a tree from ten feet up in the air. It stopped him abruptly and painfully landed him on the ground. His brother and friends ran to his rescue. His jaw was hanging- the lower detached from the upper. He was in excruciating pain. He was vomiting. His friends didn’t know what to do. So they talked to him. Trying to keep him awake and alert. Praying he didn’t die while they waited for medical help.
So look to those who are committed. Find motivation from the stories of those who have demonstrated the commitment you so desperately need for yourself. Embrace their struggle. Remind yourself pointedly that you're just as human as they are. You're just as talented and driven as them. If they can do it so can you.
What you do is a direct result of who you are. What you believe is possible. How you interpret the opinions of other people. Recently I was able to spend time with Jim Fortin to dig a bit deeper into the underlying impact of thoughts and subconscious bias on achieving success. I don't know that I've ever spoken to someone who so powerfully encapsulates the pursuit of success like he does. Not loud and gregarious, he speaks earnestly. Intelligently. Factually.
Today we continue our discussion of staying completely committed. I know it’s easier said than done. But when you get to the point that commitment to self and commitment to your business and your livelihood is your priority, staying committed will be a big piece of red velvet cake (that you won’t eat because you committed to being healthier). Sometimes we have a tendency to sabotage all the things we say we want by even the smallest actions that we don’t even know we are doing. So let’s take a look at 11 Ways You are Sabotaging Your Commitments.
t comes from growing up with neighbors who only had light a few hours a day in his childhood. It comes from the experiences he had while traveling through the mountains of India. He is determined to change the world with any and all of the newest innovative ideas. No matter the cost. And without any regard to how much money he could possibly make or how much he has to spend. He just wants to make a difference. That is his big commitment.
If you have screwed up in the past, you can change all of that right now. If you've been flaky and noncommittal, wavering, ambivalent, or uninspired, you can set a new course almost instantaneously. You just resolve to be committed. For this one thing, right now. For this moment, right now. You don't need to think about or solve the long-term effects of commitment or how unreliable you might have been in the past when you've tried to commit.
Commitment forces you to hone your attention and skills towards a singular majestic purpose. But that's not free. Destiny demands dedication. While your friends and peers and family can enjoy a life that is unfocused, you have to be militant with how you spend your time. With how you use your resources.
Maybe you only stick with your weight loss journey as long as other people notice you and are cheering you on. It's different for each of us. Those limits. But they're real and they control everything about what you do. Consciously. And subconsciously. Once you exceed the limits of your commitment, you are guaranteed to give up. Guaranteed to slow down. Guaranteed to back away from doing the hard things that ultimately decide your success.
The misconception about commitment is that everything has to be some big grand gesture or that commitment needs to match the grandeur. That is completely opposite the truth. Follow through is the key to commitment. So, don’t plan on doing everything on this list. Start small. One at a time. One day at a time. One week at a time. Staying completely committed is more about consistency than quantity. Small changes make a big difference.
Together they have competed in and finished 6 ironman competitions. In 1992, the duo biked and ran 3735 miles across the US -- in 45 days flat. And at 77 years old, Dick Hoyt is still racing with his son. Ask yourself a tough question. What is it in your life that you are that committed to following through with? What is it that drives you to do the hard things regardless of how bad it hurts? When is the last time you could look at yourself in the mirror and know that in that one thing you are completely committed?
You can't multitask your way to purpose. You have to approach it with a singular interest on results. So while you're busy today living your life, doing all the things that you think need to be done so that you can start pursuing your purpose, remember the power of tiny moments. Remember that your purpose is meant for these busy moments. And success is ultimately determined by how you use them.
And you might be convinced to agree with them. But for a moment, take a step back and think about every great breakthrough in history. Someone told that person that their idea was crazy. That their purpose was unimportant and inconsequential. That they wouldn't make it. That they shouldn't try. On and on and on and on. History is littered with the opinions of people who are 100% committed to convincing you that your purpose is a joke. And that you shouldn't waste a moment trying.
With all this purpose floating around, it’s about time we talked about how to put your purpose in motion. After all, without forward motion, your purpose is just going to be standing still right next to you. And that won’t do anyone any good. So here are 11 strategies to help you out your purpose into motion. All of them work. Find a few that work best for you.
As part of the overhaul, Starbucks offers tuition repayment programs for all it’s employees. It also offers full healthcare benefits to everyone, even part-time workers along with stock options. Howard doesn’t think of the people who work at Starbucks as just employees, he considers them as partners. And Howard just keeps meeting the needs of the people. He recently announced that Starbucks would hire 10,000 military vets and their spouses, as well as 10,000 refugees.
It's not crazy to take that a step further and refine your schedule down to a series of hour by hour activities. Sometimes, even minute by minute. And then leave yourself some room for self-reflection. Time to review how purposeful you have actually been. Could you have spent your time in a more useful way? Did you get the results you were expecting from your effort? What specifically could you do better next time to achieve the outcome you have been working towards?
Either you can pursue your purpose with every ounce of your being. Or you can be consumed by the unfairness you perceive in those around you. You can let yourself get carried away with envy and fear. That's no way to act or behave. But it's all too common. Especially when you're working hard and are tired of the fight. When you give all that you have and still feel like it's not enough to make you a winner. You look around at others and you start to feel a sense of indignation.
It’s more about keeping your eyes open to the possibility of something new and exciting. And watching as that becomes your purpose for now. I wouldn’t recommend standing in the middle of a bees nest, but maybe taking a one-hour long shower or a long walk (or run) to clear your head are not bad ideas. Nor is brainstorming with friends or fellow classmates. Inspiration hits when it’s time for it to hit.
First, he wanted to create a gasoline-powered engine. He did that. Next, he wanted to create a gasoline-powered vehicle. So he did that too. He invented the “Quadricycle.” It was a horseless carriage. He didn’t reinvent the wheel with it. Henry just had an idea and wanted to see it come to life. He also had an idea in his head to make a vehicle that was even better than the horseless carriages of the day. Better, because it was simpler. Most of the people who had vehicles were wealthy. The vehicles were more of a status symbol than a useful tool to make lives easier.
Purpose isn't something that finds you. It's what you become. It's what you do with your life. Which makes all the small things in your life that much more important. Paying attention when someone else is talking to you. Being generous with your money and attention. Giving your support to those who need it. Being kind when it's easier to be mean. Mastering the details with getting it done is a lot less painful. The tiny moments that make up every part of your daily existence.
Sometimes your purpose is that thing that flabbergasts you. The one you can’t stop wondering about. “If this keeps happening all over the place, why hasn’t someone decided that ‘this’ needs to happen instead?” That problem that everyone else seems to be avoiding may be your purpose. You may be holding the key to not only your purpose, but also the next big thing in technology, in society, in real estate, in business, in family counseling, in non-profits. If you have questions that seem to be getting ignored by the world, it may just be that you are the one holding the answers.
By the time she was 30, Christina had traveled to over 20 countries. She had spent over 5 months collectively traveling by herself. And even though she never considered herself an athlete, because she had been labeled as clumsy her whole life, she did take that surfing lesson that ended in a bloody nose on a beach. And she did finally make it around the track without having to sit down. In fact, she can officially call herself an athlete now -- having completed 22 half marathons and 3 marathons.
And that matters because this concept of abundance as a very clear connection to purpose. This idea of living with abundance is the playbook for finding your purpose and maintaining momentum and you getting to where you want to be. I suspect I'm not alone. That at times you find yourself believing in opportunity -- but stressed about your current situation.
So if you find yourself frustrated as you pursue money or fame or justice, maybe that's a sign that you're not questing after your true purpose. Maybe that's a sign that there's so much more you could be doing.It sounds like a better strategy to fight for more money or for more attention, but you'll have way more power and create more change and realize more wealth and happiness when you pursue your purpose
What you do. What you read. How you spend your time. The people you hang around. The food you put in your body. The words that come out of your mouth. Who you're willing to work for. What wealth means to you. Your daily priorities. The people you consider credible. How you treat your kids. How you treat your friends. What you say about your enemies. What you believe about yourself. The stories you tell yourself about yourself. The excuses you give to other people.
Even if you have to work harder -- even if your stress level has increased -- once you find your true purpose, you just become a better version of yourself. And that’s because the world becomes a better version of the world to you. The sun shines a little brighter. The days seem a little longer. The air is a little cleaner. People are a little nicer. In reality, none of those changes happened on the outside. The change took place inside of you. You are feeling better about your life. You are more positive and it shows on the outside. The world is just reflecting back what you are putting into it.
Falling flat on your face forces you to take another look around. It pushes you to look at the bigger picture. The other options. Your purpose. Kathryn Minshew is not an exception to the rule. These stories happen every day where failure redirected by purpose becomes a massive success. And your story is no exception. You are creating your story daily. You are finding your purpose daily.
A clear example of someone with a purpose and the effort behind it to realize world-changing results. That's what we call awesome. That's the adjective we use. It's the only way to describe it. It's universal. The true impact of your purpose isn't only that you create things of beauty and awesomeness but that you inspire others to do the same.
A few clouds and some bad weather aren't the end of the world. Today just happens to be a day where you can't see the sun. The same is true about purpose. Your purpose. Finding your purpose. It's out there. Your entire world revolves around it. And just because you can't see it for a few days doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.
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