What Does Commitment Look Like?

by Alli Polin on April 25, 2014

commitment is all out passion in action. No holding back.

You’ve probably seen this guy, Chris Koo, do Beyonce’s Crazy in Love dance, but I was mesmerized as I watched it again this week. Yes, he’s a fantastic dancer, but that’s not what drew me in, it was his commitment, passion and sheer joy that sets his dance apart from so many other imitators.  If you’ve ever wondered, “What does commitment look like?” this is it.

Chris is all in without even a split second of self-conscious, half-way indecision. There’s no judgement and no holding back in fear that he won’t get it right. There is gusto and a deep feeling of being in the moment with every head flick and thrust. It’s something that we see all too rarely in life, let alone at the office.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but only when we bring our whole self to the task and don’t settle for looking the part without feeling it too. It’s feeling that fills the hollows of our outward motions and creates synergy, connection, energy and engagement with others. The absence of feeling will fall flat every time.

Does your commitment shine through?

What if you danced like Chris around your office? Your friends? Family? (metaphorically of course!)

  • Would you multitask?
  • Check email on conference calls?
  • Keep your ideas to yourself?
  • Silently criticize everyone’s effort without sharing any constructive feedback?
  • Nod and fake smile when someone comments on your work?

OR

  • Would you get up out of your seat during brainstorming sessions?
  • Ask questions not to poke holes but to deepen understanding and expand possibilities?
  • Allow yourself to enthusiastically share your ideas before they’re fully formed.
  • Spark playful conversation?
  • Tell people how much you appreciate them and allow yourself to gush about it?

Forget dancing like no one is watching. Today, dance like EVERYONE is watching and show them how it’s done.

When was the last time you were so in the moment that you leapt over conscious competence and went straight to passion fueled, energetic, all-out engagement?  Tell me… what does commitment look like for you?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Terri Klass April 25, 2014 at 8:36 am

Loved the video, Alli! If we all brought that kind of energy to work we would be offering our greatest gifts and ideas.

I often hear the words in my training workshops- “Why should I give up all my good ideas? Others will just take the credit.” I always respond ,”Because it helps you make a difference. If people incorporate your suggestions, it is not only a form of flattery but also a testament to their incredible value.” Just like the video, open your body and heart and share!

Great insights to think about!

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Alli Polin April 29, 2014 at 3:25 am

Could you imagine if we all unleashed that much energy and commitment at work? WOW.

Love your point on giving up your good ideas too. SHARE!!

Appreciate you always, Terri

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LaRae Quy April 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Great post, Alli.

So many folks are unwilling to really “commit” because they’re afraid their ideas will be ripped off. I loved Terri’s response: because you will make a difference.

So true, and so worth it!

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Alli Polin April 29, 2014 at 3:23 am

I loved Terri’s response too. Being ripped off of a mediocre idea is better? Don’t think so. I figure go all out or go home.

Thanks, LaRae!

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Chery Gegelman April 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Alli – I love it when committment looks like fun! …And you’ve done a great job of making it fun!

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Alli Polin April 29, 2014 at 3:22 am

Commitment is fun! Feels good to give it your all. Thanks, Chery!

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