Leadership Through the 100% Commitment

It’s guest post Monday! This post is written by Mans Denton who writes about overcoming mental barriers on his blog The Hacked Mind. You can connect with him on Twitter and Facebook. If you would like to have a post featured on my site then click here.

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?

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28 thoughts on “Leadership Through the 100% Commitment

  1. Great thoughts! Commitment is vitally important as a leader – it’s the trait reflected in the saying “The Captain goes down with the ship.”

    The truth is, everything we do matters. If we are not supporting the goal we are leading others to, we are harming the advancement of it.

    Nothing is neutral.

  2. Actions really do speak louder than words!

    What we do (or don’t do) really does matter. There are always people watching!

    Good insights. Thanks for sharing.

    • You are most welcome! Thanks for your kind words. Absolutely true that words speak much louder than words.

  3. Hi Mans,

    This was a wonderful post! Dan, thanks for connecting us all with Mans!

    Mans, I could resonate with what you wrote in your post, as it reminded me of my own experiences. Whenever I’ve wanted to create change in my life and have requested others to follow, at times there have been those who have resisted and considered what I was doing as unworthy. However, when they saw that I was totally committed to what I was doing and began to witness the change that I said would happen, they slowly start to accept and embrace the activity I was involved in.

    Thank you.

    • Absolutely, Hiten! Sometimes it can take a long time, but it is more than worth it for yourself and for bringing joy to other people.

  4. Great example with your diet on how you can’t gain commitment even from your family if you aren’t setting the example. I’ve struggled with eating right and exercising for a long time, a goal that especially needs 100% commitment to be taken seriously!

    • Hi Tom, that is absolutely right. It’s so much easier too! If you are interested in talking more about your diet / exercise, feel free to shoot me an email. I’d love to give you some pointers if you are interested or even have a phone chat. Keep up the good work!

  5. Mans, loving this! The best leaders are those that don’t have to say anything when they lead – you trust them because you can see them being great – and who wouldn’t be inspired to follow that!

    Have you ever been in a situation when you HAVE reverted to old habits? This is particularly interesting to me as I’m taking up some 30-day challenges. The first 30 days has changed my eating habits, but I wonder if there is a risk of old habits creeping back?

    – Razwana

    • Hello Razwana,

      YA, he wrote a great post. Leading by example is the best way to get and increase influence with others.

      I’m sure it might be difficult not to revert back to old habits. Since we would be forming new habits and breaking old ones. It takes about 30 days to break or make a habit so I’m sure after that time frame it gets easier. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

    • There are definitely risks of habits creeping back. Especially if you start to take on too many new habits at once. You get challenged too much and other things start to lose importance. Sometimes it is good to have inspiration you can periodically come back to. Most of the time the habits can stick (especially if you see results), but find some type of inspiration or support person / group when you feel the need to break your good habits. Best of luck, Razwana!

  6. The power of a silent, yet unwavering, example is awesome. It’s almost like a mirror in the way people reflect what they see. Great illustration on the power of influence through our own independent action.

  7. Mans, I always just keep coming back to being Authentic and leading by purpose and your God given ability. When people see you leading they just want to follow. I can’t tell you how much I love to read other peoples journey. Thanks for sharing this message with us.

  8. I like your 100% commitment philosophy Mans. As I mentioned at your site, I tend towards an all or nothing nature. Either 100% on or 100% off. Does that count?

    But your insight that people follow those with a 100% commitment is spot on. People follow strength, and it takes real strength of character to keep to such a commitment. People respect that. They wish they could be the same.

    And so they follow those few who are able to live the ideal.


    • Haha, Trevor, it does count. I think the healthy thing is to do it 100% when you do it. Limit the 100% in the other way, but it can definitely still work.

      I couldn’t agree more. That is why generals / army commanders that lead from the front lines are so much more effective. Respect and character.

  9. Dan, your guest post link doesn’t work.

    Mans, I struggle in making it look too easy. I tend to not want to talk about trials until I’ve already mastered them. That makes what I do seem unattainable, too. I think it’s a pride and control issue for me, too.

    • Thank you for letting me know. It’s fixed but now has a line through it, which I tried several times to fix with no luck.

      I feel the same way, I try and avoid talking about the pain or discomfort of a trial while going through it. Maybe if we ask for help more often we can better deal and bear with it. Dang pride and control issue:)

  10. I’ve always been a big fan of putting 100% to a goal. I actually wrote something similar to this once. I talked about how fast you can attain goals and get where you want to be when you actually put all you have in reaching there. There are a lot of things you can do too. If you want to build confidence in yourself, put all your effort into building it. If you want to become a better public speaker, do it as often as you can. Practice makes you get better especially if you give it all you got.