Dubbed as ‘Boot Camps’ by the press the UK government is about to make a monumental mistake when it launches the new ‘Intensive Activity Programme’ in 2017 if it focusses on CV writing, interview skills, Maths, English and job search as reported.
On current plans the most essential ingredient is missing and the programme will not hold together. If it’s like a boot camp it’s like a boot camp without laces!!
For more than 30 years I have worked to help people of all ages to set and achieve their goals. In this blog I would like to share with you the characteristic which I believe to be the single most important factor in determining a person’s success or failure!
You would be forgiven for thinking that my narrowing success down to a single factor is an over simplification. But I am not saying that other factors are not important, intelligence, good fortune, supportive relationships, health and imagination etc. all play a part but the single most important factor by far is COMMITMENT!
We are all full of desires, interests and ideas but success require the focus and determination that only commitment can bring.
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” -Art Turock
What chance does any marriage, business venture, expedition or personal goal have without commitment? But with commitment people have a far better chance of finding the resilience, motivation, support and resources they need to succeed.
Imaging how much more productive any business would be with more committed employees (Apprentice drop-out rate running above 25pc – Telegraph), how much more efficient colleges would be with more committed students (£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses – The Independent), how much heartache would be avoided if people kept to their marriage vows (42% of marriages end in divorce – Relate Charity) and how many personal problems could be avoided if people kept their word (only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals – University of Scranton).
Commitment is a determination to get results, it is not a death or glory extremist fixation and it may require you to fail several times with no guarantee of success but never surrendering your original intent.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach – Tony Robbins
So if you agree that Commitment is the game changer, they critical success factor, the key to success or failure the big question is can we lean it?
Well there is good and bad news here. No one can teach us commitment, they can teach us about commitment but they can’t teach us to be committed. The good news is that we can develop it with support.
This is why PDP’s Total Commitment Training (TCT) course is so successful. We train people to be committed and businesses, housing associations, charities and colleges reap the benefits.
Staying with your commitment is success! Paul Oginsky