A Time to Commit

18 Feb 2011 2:28 PM | Heather Kaye (Administrator)

Step Up!

At this moment it's impossible not to be aware of a common desire bubbling up for new things to happen, new paths to open and a new vision to unfold. We seem poised on the brink of possibility and yet uncertain about the future. Everyone is looking for leadership, but my message to you is - step up! - each of us is called to be a leader in our own life and to commit to our own vision for the future.

I've learned that we, as human beings, desire the feeling of commitment and are more fulfilled when we find it. We are seldom committed to just one thing in life, but we easily recognize when heart and mind are aligned and we are drawn towards a course of action or a cause that speaks to who we truly are. We feel complete. This feeling of completion and satisfaction is just as important in organizational life as in our personal lives.

This is why I have been committed for almost two decades to guiding my clients in articulating and awakening their deepest nature. I have repeatedly witnessed their greater sense of self as a result of living from their authenticity. They gain confidence when their daily contributions show tangible results. And, I see them fully engage to further their vision in concert with the organization they are serving.

Even though the results may be very positive; the feelings associated with initially making the commitment are complex. We often feel both exhilaration and fear. We can experience both clarity and even feel overwhelmed. We may wonder, "What will be asked of me? Can I really do this?" "Will this be too much for me to handle?" and/or "Am I prepared to take this on?"

The leader's job is to find a place of poise where calmness can counter- balance the inevitable anxiety that walks hand-in-hand with going full-out. No actor can give a good performance without adrenaline pumping, but no one wants to be paralyzed by stage-fright.

My message to you is that without commitment, without that spurt of adrenaline, without the sense of completeness that true commitment brings - without that - magic is also missing from life. The goal is to make commitments to what matters to you and manage the conflicting emotions and expectations that arise. It has been said that once you commit, things happen that you wouldn't believe possible. I know this is true, and I invite you to experience it.

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