There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something you do it only when it is convenient. When you are committed to something, you accept no excuses.

Commitment is the one quality above all others that turns potential into success. Without commitment there can be no success.


To determine whether persons are committed to something, first you must make sure they know what it will cost them. Do not undersell the job – let them know what it is going to take. Then they will know what they are committing to.

Success never comes instantaneously. It comes from taking many small steps. A set of goals becomes a map someone can follow in order to grow.

It is the goal that shapes the plan; it is the plan that sets the action; it is the action that achieves the result; and it is the result that brings the success.

And it all begins with the simple word ‘goal’.

Goals must be achievable and attainable but they must require a ‘stretch’ or there will be no growth.

Review your goals and your progress frequently. In the morning, ask yourself, ‘What will I achieve today?’  In the evening, ask, ‘What have I achieved today?’


Source: Mentoring 101, John C. Maxwell