You see when you hear or read about rich men and women or influential people in society, the first assumption that comes to mind, especially my mind is that they were born like that or they never knew any struggle in their lives. You automatically and subconsciously imagine that all their lives, they have been "balling" if I may borrow a modern day colloquial language and assume that things were always smooth for them, that they never had it rough. But time and time again, whenever I get close to or read the biography of these top shots, the story of commitment to the vision and goqls regardless of circumstamces emerges consistently. In each story commitment shows up in different ways and forms but it is always there whether the sun was shining or the rain was falling, all that mattered to them was chasing their vision passionately. Those that survive this quest are the millionaires and billionaires we have today in the world.
This particular guy, at the age of 22 ( Yes 22!!) took a piece of stick it paper and wrote down these words, "I will be a sterling millionaire by the age of 30.“ At the point he wrote these words down, with only 8 years he was convinced he would achieve this big hairy audacious goal regardless. Fast forward to eight years later on his 30th birthday, instead of seeing those millions of pounds in his account, he was in huge debts, and a negative balance sheet. Naturally, even the most positive person, will be depressed by this bleak situation. Feeling depressed, he went to seek the wise counsel of his father, who told him the same age old story that most of us know, but can't fathom its meaning.. "money is a tool, if you focus on the tool, you can't use it for any thing, because your whole focus will be on the tool." His father highlighted that if he remember his vision, his goal or purpose, commit to it and pursue it passionately, money as a consequences will follow suit.
Not entirely convinced but without reason to argue the advise, he took the wise counsel of his father, committed himself to his vision, pursued it passionately and in less than 3 years, his accountant, paid him a visit to congratulate him on his first million sterling.
Sounds easy and simple! But the truth is according to him, it was not as simple and easy as that.. He spent almost an hour, telling us about his failures and obstacles along the way to the first million. It was a tough, rough and rugged journey. The only thing that kept him going was the passion for his vision and the commitment he made to achieve that vision.
In life, most of us agree to or pursue things that we're not really sure if we want to do or not. We do it because it's the nice thing to do, because our parents told us to do it, it's the "in thing" or it will make us look cool to out peers or simply because, at that point, it's the only way to survive. We have no passion or "feelings" to that thing that we are doing.. We are just doing it because we just have to do it.
Commitment as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary is "a promise to do or give something" or "a promise to be loyal to someone or something"... Have you promised yourself to be loyal to your goals and visions? Have you promised yourself to do or give something to that dream or vision you have? Or are you just sitting, wishing that it will just happen?
When you commit yourself to your goals, on the best of days, everyday will be exciting, you can't wait for the day to start.. Even in the worst of days, when you remind yourself of that commitment to achieve that vision, you'll find strength to go by.