Happy New Year! Perhaps you’ve made a resolution – or two or three – to make 2019 a year of change for you. Fine. Good first step.
Getting committed, really committed, is the message of a recent, highly acclaimed book by Linda Formichelli. It is called Commit: How to Blast Through Problems & Reach Your Goals Through Massive Action.
Two decades ago, Linda Formichelli wanted to become a professional writer. She wanted to break free of working in the corporate cubicle. Baby steps might have sufficed, but she found that she and her family had to commit to this goal big-time.
She changed careers and moved from New Hampshire to North Carolina. She economized on time and money, wrote articles, editor queries and cover letters non-stop. Homeschooling their son, her goal was to fulfill her personal commitment to becoming a prosperous freelance writer.
We are advised to eat the elephant one bite at time and take that journey of a thousand miles one step at a time. The advice is to heat that frog slowly.
But Ms. Formichelli disagrees. She believes that sometimes baby steps will not get you where you want to go. Giant dreams require giant steps.
She argues that committing works four ways. It gives explosively quick results, boosts motivation, allows success to feed upon success and provides victories that energize you.
Here are this author’s 20 tactics for achieving one’s dreams in her words with my explanations:
If it’s comfortable, you aren’t stretching enough.
Abandon lesser projects and concerns.
If is really worth doing, then you must do it.
Why are you doing this, really?
Half-measures won’t win.
Is this what you really want?
The more you risk, the greater your motivation to succeed.
You’ll nearly be an expert.
Barely enough is likely to be insufficient. Nothing succeeds like excess.
Don’t settle for listing 10. Some of the next 90 are likely to be gems.
We can endure almost anything for a month.
Be like those ladies who knit while doing something else, almost anything else.
You can accelerate if you decide to.
The web can be your friend.
Management gurus advise if it isn’t measured, it doesn’t get done.
Not all tasks are suitable as do-it-yourself projects.
Utilize specialization and division of labor.
The ultimate in getting outside involvement.
You can’t do something with nothing. Buy the essentials, at least. Investment enhances motivation.
You’ll need elbow room or even a whole room. Find space at home or perhaps rent it.
If Mr. X. or Ms. Y. can do it, so can you, right?
In my own case, I rescued my college sweetheart from a difficult situation, changed location, jobs, and career, downshifted my living arrangements and my other expenses, and was blessed with the marriage that I had always hoped for.
“Faint heart never won fair lady” the adage goes. Whether in love or war or career, one must commit fully to achieve great outcomes.
What have you done wholeheartedly and succeeded at? What do you want to commit to for 2019? Which of the 20 tactics are you most likely to embrace? Please join the conversation