Someone may tell you that you have to put yourself all in, in order to go all out. They’re probably correct. Do you have new job demands? Can you go all out?
Being committed to high performance in the workplace is not always easy. There are plenty of distractions and plenty of naysayers.
That shouldn’t stop you!
Whether you are starting a new career, a new job, or have moved to a new employer, going all out matters. It even matters if nothing is really new, maybe it is just a new you.
People often lack the commitment because they are uncertain. Perhaps they wonder if they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities. They may also be uncertain if they can sustain such a high level of commitment.
Additionally, sometimes, they’re troubled by the likability factor. Will other people get angry or am I stepping on someone’s toes?
Being committed is an interesting position. You sometimes don’t realize that you’ve already decided, you just need to carry out your plan.
Commitment is a Choice
When I was a teenager, rolling skating and dancing were a popular group attraction. If you went to the rink, you were going to skate. If you went to the dance, you were expected to dance.
Only not everyone did.
It could feel kind of personal. People are watching. What if I fall on my skates or my body moves weird when I try to dance?
If you went to the rink or to the dance, you should have already decided. Unless you decided that you were going, but you were not going to participate. So why show up?
Teenagers may have many reasons. Yet, in real world adult workplace situations does just showing up count? Of course not.
When you make the decision to show up for your job, your work, or career it’s time to dance. The commitment should have already occurred so why not?
New Job Demands
Life is full of distractions. Life has risks.
There is a risk to commitment and often a feeling of uncertainty. What you sometimes fail to realize is that you’ve already decided. The moment you decided to show up was the moment you decided to go all out.
What is riskier?
For your job, riskier might be only going half-in. You do something so that there is motion, but your commitment is all wrong.
As a result, you do inferior work. You miss targets and deadlines, or your output is not the quality or quantity expected. You cost more than you are worth.
What holds more risk? Going all out or only half-in?
You didn’t think you were going to show up and only watch, did you?
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.