Great achievements are not made by chance; to become exceptional in life, career, marriage or ministry, you must be ready to go the extra mile. Most of the achievers you have heard or read about have one thing in common – they paid the price of commitment. Leonardo da Vinci was a man that could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. He spent twelve years painting the Mona Lisa lips.

Oh, think about it! Just the lips of the Mona Lisa took him twelve years to paint!

The Mona Lisa (Monna Lisa or La Gioconda in Italian; La Joconde in French) is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonard da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as the best known, the most mentioned, the most written about and the most parodied work of art in the world.

The painting is thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, a wealthy silk merchant. It is said to have been commissioned for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea. It is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonard may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis 1 of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris since 1797. A tourist exclaimed, “Oh, when I saw the Mona Lisa original picture on the Louvre Museum in Paris, I stood in awe to behold such a virtuous woman in painted colours!”

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Now, to imagine that the painting of her lips alone took 12 years, the word that comes to mind is commitment.

Refusing to give up on any project until you see excellent results is called commitment.

Commitment is when you refuse to take “No” for an answer or when you refuse to stop going even when every circumstance around you tells you to give up.

Aldana quipped, “Seems to me that there is a fine line between insanity and dedication… I call that commitment.”

Jean-Paul Sartre noted, “Commitment is an act, not a word.”