In 49 B.C., Julius Caesar made an irrevocable choice. The Roman Senate ordered Caesar to either terminate his military command and return to Rome or to continue in command and give up his political aspirations. The decision occurred on the banks of the Rubicon River: the Senate warned Caesar that crossing the river with his army would be seen as a declaration of war.
History records Julius Caesar’s decision to cross the Rubicon and change history. Once he made his decision and started the march to Rome, there was no going back. He took away all of his choices. Once he crossed the Rubicon, taking the army to Rome was his only choice. And while he only lived five more years, his mark on history is written in indelible ink.
What would happen to your life if you decided to cross your personal Rubicon? When you make a decision that you can’t take back, your life changes.
- You have passion where you wavered before.
- Your path forward become really, really clear.
- You can articulate your purpose without hesitation or equivocation.
Your unflappable commitment is not to an action. It’s to your vision. When I say that I love my wife, it doesn’t mean that we won’t argue. It means that I am committed to going beyond a squabble every single time.
My business commitment is to growing leaders and unlocking coaching moments. That’s my course even if I don’t get it right 100% of the time.
You must do four things to cross your Rubicon.
Tell the most important people in your life. Speak your commitment to your spouse, children, and close friends. You don’t make irreversible decisions and then not tell people. Make it impossible to back down.
Move forward. You no longer can stand still or go in reverse. You have to move forward. Every day, what will you do to move forward?
Dig deeper. We’re not talking about a hobby or something that would be nice in your spare time. Commitment is a long-term game. It’s about finding, refining, and fulfilling the deeper meaning in your life. To find this type of commitment, you are becoming a lifelong learner. You are going to grow beyond your imagination.
Surrender all doubt. Doubt becomes a useless thought when you can’t uncommit. Why waste the energy?
Your life changes when you cross your river. You’ll have to find a strategy and tactics to continue moving ahead. You’ll need to build a success team of supporters, mentors, and a coach.
When will you cross your Rubicon?