Courage, Clarity & Commitment

February 25, 2012 — Leave A Comment

“Sometimes you have to roll the hard six.” ~ Commander Adama, BSG

One thing I’ve learned about myself over the years is that I like to “test drive” stuff a lot. Whether it’s a new sport or social activity, a new product, or a new hobby, I like to “try things on” before really buying in. I dabble rather than dive in.

Truth is, it’s safer. And really, that’s not a bad thing at all. I have my clients try things out and experiment with new possibilities all the time, with terrific results.

But some of the things we want to bring into our lives–including many of the things that matter most to us, such as love and marriage, health and fitness, and the fulfillment of your unique mission in the world–will never happen unless we fully commit to making them real.

In fact, my work with leaders has taught me that there really are at least three things required of us in order to make a significant change in the world or create something new:


Courage — The willingness to stretch outside your comfort zone, again and again, risking vulnerability and failure as a regular practice of growth and strengthening for as long as it takes to reach your goal.


Clarity — A crystal clear 3D high-definition vision of precisely what you want to create.


Full Commitment — The act of “crossing the line” from indecision and distraction into the place of absolute resolve, where you signal to the world and to yourself that you are “All In,” where all other alternatives disappear, and the thing that you desire feels inevitable.


Some of the things we want most simply won’t happen until we summon our courage and fully commit to make them so. And if you’re wondering just what full commitment looks like, I came across this beautiful video last week that I think illustrates the idea very well:

Where are you holding back from fully committing to something you really want?

Michael Warden

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