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“It is a fact of life that most of us try and fail many times before we ultimately achieve the level of success that we desire. You can expect to travel the extra mile many times only to find fool’s gold at the end of some rainbows. But you will most certainly miss out on the great riches that await you if you quit trying. A superficial commitment to doing more than expected based only on what you expect to receive and will not sustain you in the long term. Great achievement results from a commitment to do the right thing regardless of the consequences, and that commitment will ultimately lead you to the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow.” Napoleon Hill

The reason Orrin Woodward is the #7 leadership guru in the world, best selling author, founder of the-life-business and Chairman of the board of the policy council of the-team.biz is because he decided and committed almost two decades ago that he would strive for excellence and commit to launching a leadership revolution in 1,000,000 people’s lives across the globe. Commitment is not a word that is thrown around loosely. When Orrin made this commitment, he didn’t tell himself, “well maybe if things start going well I will change my mind, it might be a lot of work” or “if it just gets too difficult I will back off a little.” What Orrin did took courage that most human beings will never experience in their lifetime. He made a commitment that ties to his purpose in life.

I like to use the analogy of my basketball career to link with the word commitment because it was truly the only real world example of commitment I ever made in my life (until now). I started playing at the age of 6 when my dad involved my twin brother and I in a youth league probably just as a way of allowing us to release our 6 year old energy. Back then it was co-ed and a lot of fun. We both played in that league for about 5 more years until we got to middle school. At that point my brother decided to stop playing as he had different interests; but my love for the game was just starting to unfold. I was always considered the tallest girl on the team so falling into my role on the court seemed to come pretty naturally. I played center and forward pretty much my entire career until I got to college, that’s when I was no longer considered tall and had to develop a new role. But I really started to commit when the sport went from my head to my heart. I knew that no matter what set backs came into play, no matter how difficult things would get, I would never quit! Were there times when I felt it wasn’t worth it anymore? Absolutely! But when I made the commitment to do something that was tied to my purpose (at the time) I knew I would never quit.

But as I look around the world I see so many loose commitments on the things that matter most in life. Commitments that have ultimatums and standards that if the stars don’t align forever then one quits (marriage, friendship, faith, wellness – just to name a few). And on the contrary I see real commitments being made that are tied with insignificance and worldly pleasures. Why is it that people will commit more time, energy, money and joy with their Wednesday night leagues, favorite sports teams and reality TV than they will with fulfilling their purpose in life? If you ask me, we have a lot of backwards thinking happening. While I understand basketball isn’t going to make a significant impact on the world, it did make a significant impact on my life because it molded me into who I am due to the commitment and sacrifice it took to play for 16 years. It guided me to discover my real purpose in life (which I found since being associated with Orrin Woodward).

Commitment should ultimately be tied with passion and purpose. It is a conscious choice to do something – not just when you feel like it – but as a matter of principle. If you are committing to a lifestyle that plays small (as Chris Brady puts it), then you will always live small. The people who chase after purpose and significance will always live large and will understand the positive impact that their choices are making because they chose to commit to a life of excellence through purposeful living.

The-life-business is allowing those who are seeking a purpose driven commitment to join in the fight with Orrin Woodward and bring leadership to 1,000,000 people. I hope you will join us and commit as we bring purpose and meaning back into the lives of millions!

Blessings, Kristen