"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed." — Martina Navratilova
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200 weeks ago I began a project that was only supposed to last 52 weeks. And yet here we are 200 weeks later and it's still not done!
Well, that's not exactly true. It's just that the original plan has since been expanded.
On January 2, 2017 I produced and released my first coaching video with the goal of providing something of value for others to benefit from, regardless of whether they had an opportunity to work with me professionally. Each video would outline a positivity principle and include reflection questions to coach participants to apply them in their everyday life.
The response to this project has been overwhelming. People who I've never even met have responded with how these messages have touched their lives in significant ways, and when the year-long project was over I knew that I couldn't stop. I had to keep going; I had to continue answering the call.
This is a valuable reminder that sustained commitment reveals what you're willing to do to answer your calling. People often tell others to "put their money where their mouth is," but I would suggest that an even better indication of commitment is your calendar and what you schedule in it. Our daily labor is perhaps the greatest indicator of commitment because time is more valuable than money, for while money can be replaced, once time is gone, it's gone.
What are you willing to do to answer your calling?
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.