— Gary Ryan Blair
I have a very simple philosophy when it comes to success and goal achievement…
“Go The Distance”
It’s an inner test that I like to apply at the start of any project, not just to myself but to anyone who will be working with me.
I ask myself…
• Is this person someone who will give it their all…is this someone who will commit unconditionally to this work and this alliance?
• Is this someone who is capable of digging deep, of going to the core of their character and delivering, no matter how much it hurts?
THE DEPTH OF YOUR COMMITMENT
Success in any area of your life and career is forever linked directly to your heart…to your steadfast commitment to your goals.
Yet, in a world where commitment is a mandatory condition to success…far too many people suffer from a commitment deficit.
You cannot afford to let fatigue, hard work or difficulty tempt you into throwing in the towel…nor can you ever expect to win without struggling, suffering or sacrificing.
These are all essential elements of the DNA of success.
Commitment is a virtue…one which rewards loyalty and punishes infidelity.
That’s why the first thing you need to do when setting a goal, or taking on a new project is to decide if you are going to…“go the distance.”
And should you find yourself being soft on commitment…or being unwilling or unable to pay the required price to go the distance…then get all out right away.
Look at it this way…
The wisest exit plan is to opt out, before opting in…however, if you are going to quit, do it right away — because the hardest part of victory lies somewhere between getting starting and building momentum…and success ensues when you persevere thereafter.
Everything can look like a mess, an absolute disaster, even failure in the middle…and that perception becomes reality the moment you choose to bail on your commitment.
GOING ALL IN
So, you’ve made the commitment necessary to go the distance…now what?
Here’s a few simple Yes or No questions to consider when evaluating the integrity of your commitment.
1. Does your behavior demonstrate a relentless determination to fight the good fight, and are you committed to getting this goal across the finish line?
2. Is your resolve and follow through stronger and grittier than your fears and excuses?
3. Are you prepared to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes?
4. Will you out-suffer your competition and find a way to finish strong?
Your answers reveal a great deal about your commitment along with your chances of success.
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” — Muhammad Ali
GOING THE DISTANCE…is a commitment that stands in the face of obstacles, hardships, temptations, financial difficulties, failing physical health, broken relationships, and stiff competition.
By choosing to go the distance…you are demonstrating no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace, nor are you softening or yielding in determination.
Going the distance is an empowering and forceful work ethic that drives you onward towards the achievement of our goals.
The inner passion of determination, the indomitable emotional commitment to a worthy goal…is an awesome and liberating force.
So, why should you commit to going the distance and willingly put yourself through so much pain, sacrifice, and inconvenience?
The answer is as simple as it is profound…
Because if you can pass the tests, if you can overcome the seemingly impossible, if you can deliver a knockout punch to fear and still keep conquering big, challenging goals…you will inspire others, and prove to yourself that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
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