A few years ago, I was the owner/operator of a martial arts school. I remember when people would come in to enroll their kids, and how excited they would be. We would go over the first lesson, learning some basic techniques. Then they received their uniform, and man oh man how those eyes would light up! The kids would be so jacked up. Then that week they would attend their first regular classes, mixing in with all the other kids in the regular beginners class. Now, some of them took to it like ducks to water, and some not so much. All of a sudden, the realization that this may take some effort, and that there would be no black belt by the end of the month was not how they envisioned the process taking place. A few of the new students would even want to quit. Sounds crazy, right?
Well, tell me now, does any of this sound like the new folks you may have sponsored into your business? Could there be a remote possibility that it sounds like you? Hey, it happens to the best of us! One Saturday morning, I listened to one of the parents handle the scene of his young son not wanting to get on the training floor. Apparently the new car smell of karate class had worn off. Dad told his little guy that he had made a commitment, and that he needed to follow through. Then, here's the best part, he asked junior if he knew what a commitment was. The little boy nodded yes and said, " doing what I said I would do, long after the mood I said I'd do it had passed". I was floored. Here was a five year old kid spouting out, and understanding what a commitment was. It was amazing, and I've been borrowing that phrase ever since.
As we begin new ventures, whether it's business, a diet, or an exercise plan, we make a decision to enter into this course of action. We fully intend to carry out what we just decided to do, but sometimes the newness of it all wears off. After all the initial excitement is gone, we realize that it takes effort to achieve our goals, and we won't be millionaires by the end of next week. We need to make a commitment to excellence, to follow through with the things we start. We must commit to success in order to reach it!
As a leader be the example to your team, by practicing this yourself, and thereby passing it on to your teammates for them to follow!