I had the fortunate opportunity last week to be a part of an incredible graduation and celebration for 39 administrative professionals graduating from our Star Achievement Series® who embarked upon this journey that started 3 years ago. Yes, I said 3 years. I was so impressed with these individuals who took 96 hours of training consisting of 3 levels of learning over a 3 year period. Talk about commitment, dedication, staying power, and determination—this group exemplifies all those qualities. The company who provided this opportunity to learn was Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP.
The lesson to learn, which is something we teach in the Star Achievement Series®, is that commitment and discipline are essential to career success. Here is an excerpt from one of our Star Achievement workbooks.
We have to discipline ourselves to do the hard work to reap the rewards. Developing your discipline is a lot like working out. At first, the muscles of the body are flabby but in a very short time frame they become strong and carry you with endurance.
How can you build your discipline? Think of something you can do in a short period of time (15 minutes). Perhaps it’s taking a walk, looking up definitions in the dictionary or reading a book. Set a time-frame morning and night. Make your project (doing this short easy task such as learning a new word) part of your morning and evening routine. In just a few short weeks you will have toned or gained new vocabulary AND built your experience with discipline!
As you build your discipline muscle you will begin to apply it to goal-setting. You will learn to trust yourself more, knowing that you have developed your discipline muscle and can now apply it wherever you wish throughout your life. What you do by the routine of discipline you will do regularly and by habit.
The dictionary defines commitment like this: “a promise to do or give something; a promise to be loyal.” When you commit yourself to something, you are promising yourself to be loyal and remember what you have decided to accomplish.
We need to keep our commitments whether they are made to others or to ourselves. Many people willingly keep their commitments to their employer (showing up for work on time, completing projects by the deadline) or to their kids (vacation plans, attending recitals or soccer matches) but often, may routinely not keep commitments to themselves.
Become a person who keeps commitments to yourself. Do what you say you will do. Fulfill your promises to yourself. You may not “ace” it 100% of the time, but give yourself a good effort. If you fall, dust yourself off, get back up and continue as though you never stopped.
As you build discipline and commitment, your motivation and goal attainment factors will shoot through the roof. You will gain mastery and strengthen yourself. Over time, you will be able to accomplish harder goals with ease.