09 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Are You in it to Win it? What’s you Commitment Level?

“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 ~

The 2014 Winter Olympics have just begun, so I thought it fitting to share an opening quote from an athlete who has had an extremely successful career in his chosen field.  Was Mario Andretti committed to his craft?  You bet he was.  As are all the the current Olympians.  The Olympic athletes, be it winter or summer games, are some of the most dedicated and committed people on the planet.  They work many hours a day, studying, training, and practicing their craft.  They do this day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year.

Why do they train so hard?  For a chance to be the best in the world.  That’s why.  The thing I find most amazing about their commitment level is that for many of them, their particular contest may only last a  minute or two.  Many of them just train for one or two events as well.  Can you you imagine training hours, days, weeks and years for one or two events that may only take a few minutes time.  And then it’s all over?  It’s hard to imagine, but then again that’s why it’s so hard to be an Olympic caliber athlete.

What can we learn from these athletes?  Well since most of us will not end up in the Olympics, we can rule that out.  However, what about the things in our lives right now, that are important to us?  How about our relationships?  What about the new job you just took, or the new business you just started?  How committed are you to ensure their success?  What about your kids?  Their education?  Your church, neighborhood, extended family, friends?  The list can vary but it is endless.

If we can take some inspiration from the Olympic athletes and “up” our commitment level in these areas of our lives we can have a much more successful and gratifying life.  What’s your commitment level in those areas you deem important to you?  Are you “in it to win it?”  Maybe it’s time to re-energize and recommit to the important things in your life.  Use the athletes you see as inspiration.  After all, if they can be so committed for so long to participating in an event(s) for a few minutes in some cases, how committed can you be to the most important things in your life, that will last a lifetime as well?

Are you “in it to win it?”  What’s your commitment level?

In closing, here’s another great quote from one of the best female tennis players ever to live.  In reading it, ask yourself, are you the chicken or are you the pig?

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs.  The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” ~ Martina Navratilova ~



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