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Posted on by Brian Hertzog

What's the best way to get something done? Make a list? Prioritize? Delegate to someone else? There are lots of ways that we try to squeeze more more productivity out of our days. But, I know that at its core, getting things done starts with commitment.

Write it down and visualize your goal is all great advice. But without commitment, your words will exist in vein. Ultimately, you're only being dishonest with yourself. If you're the kind of person who morally abstains from telling lies to others, why lie to the guy or girl in the mirror? Why make an exception to this rule for yourself?

If you want to get something done, tell yourself you're going to do it, and just do it. Don't wait. Keep your momentum moving forward. Be impatient to start and patient for results. You should feel a slight nervous uncomfortable tingling in your stomach; that means you're doing it right. When you have that feeling, it's time to ship.

Committing is really about the truth. What do I need to do to make this happen, what effort will I need to make? Answer these questions honestly. When you understand your role, act. Make a commitment to yourself. Say, "I am going to do Y".

If you don't normally break your promises to other people, why break promises to yourself? Be honest. Be impatient to start and patient for results. You can do it, but you have to commit. Feel the nerves in your stomach. The professional skateboarder teetering on the edge of the ramp knows there are two options: stay put paralyzed with fear, or drop in and commit. When in doubt, keep moving forward, feel the rush of the air hit your face as you woosh down the ramp. If you fall, it's ok because at least you tried. You were brave enough to commit and you were honest with yourself.