There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. Kenneth Blanchard
Success is not for just the interested, but for the committed. The interested works only when the time is convenient, the committed makes all the time convenient. The interested accepts excuses, the committed accepts results. You can’t conquer in what you are not committed in. Commitment precedes success; even in the dictionary. Stay committed, even though it hurts. Success blesses those who pay attention to its move.
Success is never an accident, it is always a result of commitment to excellence and a focused effort. Success never come to people, people go for success so if you are waiting, wait no more. It is action time.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki
Success will never lower its standards to accommodate you. You have to raise your standard. Welcome the challenge, welcome the change…. It’s your path to greatness
Craig Petrus, Executive Director of Career Services, University of Florida, Warrington College of Business pointed how you finally take ownership of your Business success through leadership.
He pointed out that There is no question about it. Only you are in charge of your own career. Not your boss, not your colleagues, not your family members. It all comes down to you and the overall approach you have towards your career. The decisions you make and the actions you display will ultimately decide your success or failure. How bad do you want it? Are you committed to being that successful manager, that distinct leader, the next best marketing executive or that finance officer you dream about? If you dream of being a successful business executive, then you must be committed to your trade. Commitment leads to career ownership and career ownership leads to success. So how do you get there?
Taking Initiative and Stepping up Your Plan
The extra steps to accomplish your goals or the goals of your organization cannot be questioned or faulted for taking such steps. Taking initiative means stepping up to the plate when no one else will and making something great happen.
The best colleagues that I have had the pleasure to work with possess an innate ability to see beyond the job description and what they are directed to do, ultimately producing programs, initiatives and results that improve their organization and its business goals in a positive way, without having been told to do so. For those of you in leadership positions, lead by example. Take the initiative to show others that you are just as invested in the organization as they are; that you are not afraid to go the extra mile with them in an effort to achieve a common goal. Competition and the need for quality talent in today’s business world is fierce. If you don’t take the initiative to differentiate yourself among this competition, you will be left behind.
How Committed Are You?
Commitment towards your career is the act of having a true passion for what it is you do, the organization you work for and a fierce desire to better yourself each and every day you show up for work. A great way to establish career commitment and continuous improvement is to set daily goals for yourself. This gives you purpose, drive, ambition and something to reach for on a daily basis. Your daily goals should be actionable and attainable in nature, so that at the end of the day, you feel accomplished and can experience that feeling of success.
Whether it is developing one new creative idea or spending extra time listening and
learning from those below you or above you, commit to your role and commit to becoming better than you were yesterday. The level of commitment you display towards your job ultimately establishes the impression that those around you have of you and your work ethic. You dream about that big promotion and how life-changing it will be, but are you willing to commit to what it takes to get there? Once there, are you committing yourself to hang on to it?
Understanding the Importance of Self-Awareness
Your actions speak louder than words when it comes to team leadership. Self-awareness is very important in understanding the specific approach you take towards your job, the work ethic you extend which has a direct effect on becoming that future leader you inspire to be, self-awareness enough to know your strengths and weaknesses, and how your weaknesses will only keep you from succeeding if you don’t seek out the advice and direction of others.
According to Craig Petrus, Being self-aware is acknowledging that you may not always have the right answers but are willing to do whatever it takes to obtain them and learn from them. It is possessing a true understanding of your job description, your title and your significance within your organization, thus accepting the role and responsibility that come with that. If you think you know the answer to those questions, then show some sense of humility by asking those around you about your work performance or leadership style. Be open to the feedback you receive. While it may feel uncomfortable at the beginning, you are gaining the additional knowledge and the respect of others that will ultimately pave your way towards future success. Self-awareness ultimately determines whether or not those around you will follow you or flee from you.
In that conclusion, Whether you are just starting out your career in an entry-level position or you are a seasoned executive, taking personal “ownership” of your role will result in huge wins for yourself throughout your career.
Taking ownership means being the CEO of your job description and establishing for yourself a personal and specific strategy of how you intend to achieve success in your role. It is about investing time, effort and personal leadership into your specific role, regardless of how big or small it may be within your organization. Ownership shows others that you care about what you do and the results that you produce. It shows others that you seek success for yourself and your career and are setting yourself apart from others. Ownership means delivering continuous improvement within your role, stepping into your power, as opposed to being complacent and sticking to the status quo, just because that is what was done in the past.
The end goal is often achieving career success through commitment and ownership, whether personal or organisational career. What matters is committing yourself to your job and follow the right path towards taking ownership of your role that will get much closer to success.
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