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We’ve all seen great speeches of military heroes- William Wallace of Braveheart, Leonidas, and General Patton. Their words are great, they are wise, and they are powerful, but true inspiration and motivation comes less from words and more from action.
Leadership, Whether in a battle, in a business, or on a sports team, is about practicing what you preach with a 100% commitment.
Learning the Skill of 100%
I never considered myself much of a leader growing up. Being a caption for my soccer team was always a distant goal, but I never realized what it would have taken in order ot have the honor bestowed upon me.
At first I thought it was a popularity contest, then I figured it must be related to skill, but I never imagined that becoming a caption and being a true leader only required a 100% commitment to the team and working hard towards our common goals.
Today, I realize one of the most important aspects of being a leader- your credibility. I’m a strong proponent of a healthy diet, but no matter how much I talked about it, my family never seemed to listen. If I ever ate anything that went against my own rules, they would seize the opportunity to tarnish my credibility and I’d never hear the end of it.
After taking a 100% commitment approach to my diet, I no longer had to say a word. When I simply abstained from certain foods, my family started to make healthier decision on their own.
By offering myself no excuses to break my own rules, I inadvertently provided my family with the best leadership that I could offer.
Need Motivation? Do it for others.
Sometimes it is hard to stay motivated to do tasks or practices that make you better in the long term. Maintaining the motivation and willpower to stick to things can be difficult, but when you know that other people depend on you, it is a lot easier.
Here are a few things I learned while taking a 100% commitment approach:
1. Improving my life makes a change in the world. By being 100% committed to things for my own health or wellbeing, I never been able to improve the lives of others who emulate the practice.
2. After a while, it just becomes a habit. If I always do something, it starts to become a part of who I am so there is no desire to revert to old habits.
3. I maintain better relationships. Nobody like to hear “you should do this, you should do that” but everyone loves a role model to follow. A 100% commitment has helped me affect change without sounding too preachy.
While changing my family’s dietary habits is only a miniscule improvement in the world, I now know that 100% commitment approach is the way to go. By doing this, I have been able to show that I practice what I preach and that it is worth if for others to follow my lead.
Question: In what way are you struggling to be an effective leader? How could you apply a 100% commitment approach to lead people better?