Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Therein lieth the problem. Most people do not feel like what they are doing is worth doing at all, they are completely dissatisfied with their career. A colleague of mine made the statement that many employees have quit their job, theyjust stick around to draw a check. I believe this to be true. An individual spends the majority of their life at their occupation yet if you ask most employees why they work there 8 out of 10 times they will say for the check.
This is a good reason to work, dont get me wrong I understand everyone must make money. I just argue that this should not be the number one reason, I will also prove my belief in this chapter.
If this is the only reason you can give for where you work I can guarantee you will never reach your destined heights.Monetary gain is a different type ofcommitment that we will talk about in this chapter. Monetary commitment will get you to work on time.Monetary commitment will cause you to only give equal to what you get.Monetary commitment will only influence you to work on holidays for the overtime pay. Monetary commitment will never cause you to wake up in the morning with a burning desire to get to work. Some of you are saying Nobody does that!! Sure, they do. Lets talk about who they are and why they do.
Commitment: The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity.
Every employer I know is looking for these employees. No employer is looking for someone to just fill hours. They are looking for partners committed to a brand, cause, or activity. What causes this commitment?
To see value in the objective.To feel valued in the objective.A connection to the individual’s skill or mastery.An opportunity to increase one value.To feel valued and an appreciation.
The five reasons I have given are on the side of the employer. We will talk about these but first I want to list what creates value in the employee.
To show pride in one’s duties.To give more than one is getting.To utilize one’s mastery or skill.To increase one value.To value the company or brand.
Compare the two lists. Do you see it? It is the trade off relationship, if you will commit to me I will commit to you. Many an employer is failing on this end of the spectrum. With that being said, we are the captain of our ship. We must steer the ship in the direction in which we desire to go. Increase your value by keeping your end of the commitment.
Life is made up of commitments. Wedo best when we choose what we are committed to. We choose our spouse. We choose when we have children. We choose our place of worship. We choose our bank. All of our commitments are based on our choosing to be a part of something. The negative issues begin when we feel forced into a commitment. Many people choose a job based on the fact that they need a paycheck, they have no interest in the business, only the check. Over time this commitment is a drain on the individuals self-worth. They basically begin to see themselves as a mere hired hand. The odd thing is they stay due to the unwillingness to change.
Let me make a bold statement at this point. Find something you want to be a part of. Find a career that makes you happy. What are you interested in? When you work with something you love the passion and commitment will come easy. It will be natural. Start looking today. Do not wait. Find something you choose to be committed to. You may sacrifice monetary gain at first but if you are enjoying what you are doing when you become committed to a career you enjoy the monetary difference will come over time.
Imagine in your mind enjoying your career. You are up early and wanting to be at work. You are scheduled 7:00 to 5:00 although you are at work by 6:30 ready to dive into what you love. You have to be reminded it is time to go home. Literature and books are read and studied at home to become more efficient at your craft.
How does this compare to your current situation? What is the difference? The desire to be committed, dedicated to a cause or activity. Through these actions one goes from being an employee to being an asset, instantly going from being a number to being a valuable part of a team. Some state that everyone is replaceable. This may be true although, we should desire to be difficult to replace due to our commitment. Choosing what you are committed to changes everything.
Pride is seen and felt by everyone including ones self. The individual begins to take pride in what they do. They begin to have a sense of value related to the everyday objectives. The overall desire to do a job well is created by a new commitment to a chosen profession.
Sometimes a career change is unnecessary to find a goal or desire worthy of commitment. Maybe being a part of something is what is lacking. It could be as simple as having the ability to share ideas and one talents. It could be leadership abilities that are not being utilized. This would be a desire by the employer and employee to create an opportunity that would allow for these talents and desires to be utilized. A desire to create an atmosphere that creates self worth in the employee that also creates self value for the company.
The application of commitment issimply this, either create or find something you are willing to commit to. This opportunity will not fall into your lap, you must make a conscious decision as an individual to create or find a career you can commit to.
How do you find out what that is? A series of simple questions will put you on the right path. What gets you excited? If you could do anything what would it be? What are your hobbies? When we stop and think about it, we usually realize we already know the answer, most are just scared it may not be possible when in reality if we commit to the dream anything is possible. Some do! Some don’t! Will you find a career that is worthy of your commitment?