Making progress

This week, I was reminded that our emotional commitment is necessary for everything we set out to do in life. For example, any goal that you or I will attain requires us to be emotionally committed to it. Without that commitment, the goal becomes a want and is quickly relegated to the "wouldn't it be nice" section of your brain.

However, a goal supported by an emotional commitment is an empowered potential.

The question to ask yourself about this is, "Why would I want to do this?" Then, focus your answers on those characteristics of your life about which you care very much.

Let me illustrate with an example:

Let's say that I'd like to drop my body fat to a healthy 15% or less by October 15th. That is a good, worthy, and specific goal.

Now, I ask myself, "Why?"

If I answer with, "Because it would be good for me," or "because I should," I am going to find it very difficult to see the accomplishment of the goal as something really worthy of my focused attention. On the other hand, if I recognize that there are specific and powerful (for me) reasons to reach the goal (perhaps to reduce my risk of specific health problems, increase my energy with my children, or win a particular competition), the goal suddenly has its own attraction. It is worthwhile.

It is not difficult to see how this ties in with the last post here on emotional commitment. As leaders, we need to do the same thing for our individual team members and also for the team as a whole. Ideally, as we lead, we meet individually with the team members, help them see how their own commitments are met by the team objectives we have developed, and then tie their commitments directly to the rally cry for the objective. It's building a bridge between the individuals' commitments and the way the team will discuss the team objectives.

What are you doing to recognize that your team consists of emotional human beings? How are you wrapping all of their humanness into your leadership? Share it with me if you would, I'd love to hear about it.