The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. - Vince Lombardi

OK, so you’ve taken time to dream. You’ve started exploring your passion. You’ve even begun to set goals for yourself. Now it’s time to take seriously your efforts to succeed.

Success takes commitment. Success takes time. To experience success in any area of your life, you have to be able to push past life’s road blocks. Commit to not quit! Focus your thoughts on the prize you seek, not the challenges. One of my favorite remedies for the tough times is saying aloud, “I will not be defeated and I will not quit.” Repeat as needed.

Commitment requires discipline. If you’ve made a commitment – to yourself or someone else, use discipline to fulfill that promise. Not only will it help you reach your goals, you’ll feel better about yourself in the process.

Commitment is aided by routine. Commit to spending a certain amount of time each day on your goal or to focus on the project at a specific time each day. Use your most creative time of day to work on your greatest challenges. For some, that’s early morning, before the day’s events interfere. Some are most creative and energetic in the afternoon. Others prefer the quiet of evening. Whatever works for you, if you’ll make it a routine, it will soon become a habit. The habit of commitment will carry you to success.

Commitment requires tough decisions. I’ve always told my daughter, “If you spend it there, you won’t have it to spend somewhere else”. The same is true with your time, talents, energy. Use your internal check list (peace) to decide where to commit yourself. What goals are most important for your wellbeing? Find ways to say “NO” to the things and people who drain you of your energy and efforts.

Here are some commitment helpers to keep you on track.
• Put it on paper. If you’ll commit to writing out your goals, ideas, and dreams, you automatically give them more power in your mind.
• Visualize the results you want. Use your imagination to ‘feel’ the results of what you are striving for. Imagination is a powerful tool. It connects you to infinite Spirit, infinite wisdom and supply. It also reinforces your commitment to the goal and gives you strength to continue.
• Set small goals that lead you down the ‘yellow brick road’ to your success. It’s easy to do little bits! Like adding water to a glass, one drop at a time, your efforts will eventually overflow.
• Do something daily. Don’t go to bed without having done SOMETHING that will lead to the success you seek.
• Always give your best. Whatever you are doing, excellence is recognizable. Your commitment to excellence at every level will lead to the success you seek. It will draw people, events and resources toward you.
Time does not wait for you to commit to your success. Only you can decide whether to be great or mediocre. Hang on to your attitude and determine to succeed. Be patient with yourself, the people around you, and the process required to become successful. Commit today to achieve your best tomorrow!

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Ruth Seebeck is an online and offline business woman who has built a reputation over three decades as a life-skills coach, mentor, Christian counselor, author, speaker and friend.