The Gift of Commitment

October: Harvest month:

Week One: Harvest the gift of commitment.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
– Vincent Lombardi

Story: Honoring excellence
Every year Johns Hopkins School of Nursing inducts new members into FAAN, the American Academy of Nursing. Forty-two percent of Johns Hopkins nursing staff are members of FAAN, which is one of the highest honors in the nursing profession. According to Dean Patricia Davidson, becoming a FAAN is a momentous professional recognition. “Each inductee has incredible abilities, and this unusually high percentage of FAANs is reflective of our school’s leadership in education, research and practice, locally and globally.”
Inductee Jill Hamilton does research on the health and wellbeing of older African Americans. Nancy Hodgson is a palliative and geriatric nurse researcher whose challenge has always been to develop and test interventions that will improve systems of care and provide the best experience for our oldest and frailest citizens
Joan Kub is thankful for the support of her friends, family, and colleagues who all have encouraged her to reach for the highest aspirations in her profession.
Hayley Mark has a commitment to addressing inequalities and breaking down care delivery barriers
Sarah Szanton rejoices at having reached this milestone. It ranks at the top of her accomplishments including research papers and patient successes.
Elizabeth Tanner wants to use her experience in geriatrics and research to contribute to the goals of FAAN, which forwards nursing through health policy, practice, and education.
Moral of the Story
They all demonstrate a high level of dedication, a strong work ethic, and the willingness to put in time. Nothing worthwhile comes without the sweat of the brow, hard work, and commitment.
Excellence counts as a high priority. It elevates self-esteem. It raises the value of our lives. And it brings happiness, success, and fulfillment to the world. Lack of commitment produces a low quality of life.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if all we had to do was curl up with a good book? It would be so nice to lounge on the beach for days on end. Think about kicking back and doing absolutely nothing for a week or two. Take a break from your goals, from your dreams, and do nothing to achieve anything worthwhile. Yes, all these endeavors are useful as temporary reprieves. But if life was nothing but relaxation, we would soon die from boredom, lack of purpose, and scarcity of fulfillment.
Action Plan:
Decide what you want in your life, visualize it, and act to bring it about. The first two are easy. We often get hung up on the action part of the equation. If we think of it in terms of mathematics, it might look something like this. Decision + visualization + commitment =success. The commitment component takes the most discipline.
Practical Application to Your Life:
So, what do you want? Do you see yourself mustering up the commitment needed to fulfill your dreams? Or do you want to play lazy? That last part of the equation is critical. Success only comes by the sweat of the brow, by strong determination, and by willingness to put forth some effort.
These qualities produce excellence.
Weekly Take Away:
Sit down and work out the math. Decide what you want, see it happening, and get off the couch and make it happen.



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