Three Keys to the Power of Commitment

I keep a post-it-note that reads, “commitment is a decision, not a feeling.”

I remember clearly when I was writing our new co-authored, best-selling book, Lead With No Fear. There were days when I didn’t feel committed to writing and completing our book. But I’ve discovered the secret to lasting commitment is to make sure it’s based on a rational decision, not a feeling.

Big thought: At the most basic level, a commitment is a promise or pledge you make to yourself.
Practice thought: Commitment requires the daily decision to stick with it.

Where do you need to re-commit?
• In your professional pursuits?
• In clarity of vision in challenging times?
• In shifting from victim mindset to a leader mindset?
• In specific goals for the next 90 days?
• In lifting team spirit– being a leader of hope rather than despair?

Now is your time!

Here are Three Keys to the Power of Commitment:

Key #1 Doing unpleasant tasks creates healthy emotions.
Sitting around and sliding into a pity party only creates unhealthy emotions that drive disastrous results.
It may sound simple but each day, create three work goals that are a bit unpleasant. It will generate positive emotions. It will also generate a level of commitment for that day.
Stack 30 days together with 3 work goals each day (five days a week) 90 work goals completed for the month!

Key #2 Perfect it as you go
One of the best decisions I made when I launched Steve Gutzler and Leadership Quest was that I had no business plan. I did have a purpose and vision and I was able to “get started” and perfect the plan as I moved out each day.
Don’t fixate on perfection, perfect it as you go!

Key #3 Set goals
A commitment without goals is like a trip without GPS. Odds are, you’ll end up someplace you didn’t want to be.


It might sound old school but post your top 3 goals you’ve written on a 3×5 card right next to your work station. I also keep a set on my bathroom mirror and on my nightstand.
Over 2 decades ago, I went to a Zig Ziglar motivational event where he said he did that. I’ve been doing that practice ever since.
Seeing your goals helps you seize your goals (clear goals create commitment).

Final Quote:

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
–Vince Lombardi


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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.