This past weekend, we held our DollarMakers Joint Venture Forum Members Only Convention in Edmonton, AB. It was great fun. One of our Speakers said, “What is commitment? I’ll tell you. The people that showed up here are committed. Those who said they would, but didn’t, were never committed.” And she’s right. We’re all committed to something. Whatever we are most committed to will determine our choices and actions. People who attended the Forum made it their highest priority and committed to attending. And they got a massive return on that investment.

How valuable is your word to you? It’s as strong as your self-respect. When you let people down, it’s not a reflection on those whom you let down; it’s a reflection of your self-esteem. People who have high self respect and value themselves will never lie, cheat or break their word. They honor their word because that’s honoring themselves. They will do whatever it takes to keep their word. They're not doing it for you - they're doing it for themselves. And they know that the result is always worth it. E. M. Gray told us, “The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” The pay-off for integrity is wonderful.

Why don’t some people commit to anything? They avoid making a decision or a commitment. They use the word, “TRY”. They whimper, “I’ll try to make it. I’ll do my best.” What they’re REALLY saying is, “I don’t have the guts to say Yes or No, so I’m setting you up with my weak excuses right now.” TRY = To Relive Yesterday’s Failures. Elbert Hubbard said, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” True winners commit and keep their word. They will pay any price not to lose their honor. They are true warriors. They believe in themselves. You can absolutely rely on them to come through for you every single time. And they expect the same from you.

Is it hard to find winners who make and keep their commitments? You bet it is. When Malcolm S. Forbes said, “One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks”, he was simply alluding to the fact that most people never finish what they start. If you really want to feel great, be congruent. Live your life according to your values. Be who you are. Tell the truth. Keep your promises. Janis Joplin said, “Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.”

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