"Unless a commitment is made, there are only hopes and promises; but no plans." — Peter Drucker
No matter what your intentions are, without Commitment any of the work you've done up until this point will not matter one bit.
It will be as if you didn’t do anything at all.
This is tragic, because this process isn't easy.
It takes guts. Sacrifice. Boldness.
Your deepest fire of intention, whatever mark that you want to leave on this world, will never come to be unless you keep moving forward by employing this Magic Word. In other words, when your conscious and unconscious minds are in disagreement, you’re literally held back from being able to commit to anything long-term. When this happens you’ll give up without ever finishing what you started.
There can be many reasons for why you might give up too soon. Perhaps it’s harder than you thought it was going to be, or is taking longer than you thought it would, or perhaps your circumstances changed and so with it your convictions also changed.
Whatever the case may be, let’s ignore the excuses for now and instead explore a strategy for staying motivated, inspired, and fascinated. In other words, we’ll explore ideas that can support your commitment to excellence in whatever it is that you do.
Here is your Positivity Challenge for week:
1) Make an inventory of all the things you gave up on too soon, and list all the things that "might have been" had you committed to following through.
2) Take note of how you feel about not following through with these commitments. Are there any that you don’t mind that they didn’t pan out? Which ones do you wish you had committed to? What might you have done to have different outcomes?
3) The more reason you have for doing something, the more likely you will be to actually commit to it. The purpose of reflecting on your past experience with lack of commitment is to remind you of any negative emotions associated with giving up.
Research suggests that people tend to remember negative experiences over positive experiences, and that we will work harder to avoid pains over gaining pleasures. As such, tapping into the pains of past failure to commit will arm you with an emotional hook to keep going rather than giving up.
4) To add to your list of reasons for committing, make a list of all the benefits gained by following through. Don’t just think of the rewards that you will get, but also consider the rewards that others will get as well. It’s suggested that helping others is a profound source of happiness, and so focusing on how your commit will help not just you but the people within your sphere of influence will prepare you with strong convictions for staying the course.
5) That said, it’s important to remember that you are far more likely to commit to something that you are personally passionate about. Make a list of the ways that whatever it is you wish to commit to relates to or supports your passions, your talents, and your interests.
When you employ creative planning, when you have clarity of intention, when you have confidence in your abilities, and when you have the courage to begin, you poise yourself for a pivotal moment. The moment when you're able to fully commit to excellence!
Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.