In his book, Winning Every Day, Lou Holtz writes: “The greater your commitment to excellence, the higher the standards you’ll be willing to accept.” He tells the story of a history professor who dedicated her entire life to her studies – all that she did and all that she knew. He tells us that you are taking her class. Your goal is to be your graduating class valedictorian. You work ceaselessly throughout the course and are fully engaged in every class with questions – “An A in this class is your goal; anything less would be a crushing disappointment.”
He then says that sitting next to you is the football team’s quarterback whose goal in life is to be an NFL superstar. He hopes to get the bare minimum of a D grade. Holtz asks the question: “Who is the history teacher more likely to get along with?” His response: “It won’t be the quarterback. That teacher will take only minimal interest in the quarterback’s success.” Holtz’s simple and powerful message to great leaders is: “If you want anyone to empathize or ally themselves with you, you must match or surpass their commitment with one of your own.”
This commitment to a shared purpose is the spark that lights the brilliant fires of passion – a law of attraction that bonds individuals and teams. As Howard Schultz tells us: “When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” Find and embrace those people in your professional and personal life. It starts with you… with your choice to “surpass their commitment with one of your own.” Let your commitment be the magical magnet that changes the world and everyone you serve.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!