Disciplines You Must Develop to Achieve Remarkable Results – Part 9

You won’t be surprised if I say that achieving remarkable results demands a firm commitment. So many obstacles and challenges stand in your way that it’s easy to give up and lose yourself in the countless distractions.

The journey towards remarkable results can be arduous and to make it to the finish line, you must develop the discipline of keeping your commitment. It’s the discipline of keeping your word to yourself and others.

In that sense, to achieve remarkable results, you must master your tongue. I don’t mean you have to master the English language or that you’re eloquent and have an extensive vocabulary. I mean that your word is your bond: you stand by your word and keep your commitments. When you say you’re going to do something, you do it. When you say you’re going to be somewhere, you show up.

It implies that you don’t commit to things hastily and haphazardly. Before you commit to something, you diligently count the cost to ensure you can deliver on your commitment. And once you’ve decided to commit to something, there’s no turning back. And on the few occasions when you can’t deliver on your promises—and it does happen—you don’t make excuses; you apologize (when others are involved) and seek to make things right.

The discipline of keeping your commitment to others makes you trustworthy. People know that when you commit to something, it’s as good as done. And when people trust you, they want to work with you and help you.

The discipline of keeping your commitment to yourself builds confidence. You know you have the fortitude to deliver on your promises, even when the going gets tough. In the face of challenges and opposition, you’ll figure out a way to deliver the goods.

Earlier in this series, I touched on the discipline of finishing what you start, which is a crucial discipline if you want to achieve remarkable results. If you look at that discipline carefully, it’s a “child” of the discipline of keeping your commitment; it’s your commitment that drives you to finish what you start. In fact, at some level, we could say the same about other disciplines I have covered in this series:

To work, all these disciplines rely on the discipline of keeping your commitment. Not many things can make up for lack of discipline in that regard. If you fail to honor your commitments, forget about achieving remarkable results. You must develop the discipline of keeping your commitments.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.