Magic in the Room #6: Commitment & Effort

If your purpose is intent, commitment makes the purpose real. It’s what allows you to achieve your purpose. In this episode, we learn how commitments advance your purpose, and how directed effort makes all the difference in our performance and the results we achieve.

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Luke, Hannah, and Chris talk about getting stuff done and how this begins with commitment. But what does this mean? Getting things done is really about activating purpose while making it real and tangible in our lives, in our workplaces and the world. In a previous episode, Hannah talked about organizational and personal purpose, but today the team explore the next level of commitments.

Once you identify your purpose, there are things that you must commit to and advance that purpose. It will give you your aim, objective, and intent, but it’s not a roadmap. It’s also impossible to look at the purpose alone to get anything done. However, if you can dig deep and commit to these things, they will allow you to achieve your purpose. That’s why we call them commitments.

We extract our character from these commitments that allow us to achieve our purpose. Commitments are really about how that purpose shows up. Only then, can we get a little bit more specific around what is the role that we are committed to playing and understanding, what’s my identity around that? What kind of person am I? And then what kind of role am I committed to playing in, in making that a reality?

For Hannah, this stems from a belief that there’s potential for greatness in every human being. Her commitment is to look for that, along with the idea that the world needs more light in it. So, upon meeting someone for the first time, her responsibility is not to think about them in terms of is this person intelligent? Or does this person have potential? Instead, she thinks, in what way is this person smart? Her commitment is to not judge a book by its cover, but to always look for greatness.

For Chris, the evolution of his purpose goes from supporting other leaders. To do this, he must commit to connecting in meaningful ways and a path of continuous learning. His commitment to mastery of business challenges and leadership protects his decision-making process so that he can advance his purpose forward. In doing so, he can achieve his purpose of helping others identify and achieve theirs too.

We all face a series of difficult challenges ahead. But Luke advises if we choose them intentionally, over the challenges that we face on a day to day basis, eventually that effort is going to pay off. By contrast, fighting fires like is never going to make a long-term difference.

In this episode, you will also learn why this podcast is called “Magic in the Room.”

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