What does it mean to commit to something? When you say you're going to do something, do you follow through? Think about what that says about your character. It makes you dependable. It makes you confident. It means you are capable. You are creative. When you have something you want to add to your life, whether it be a skill or reaching a goal, you have to commit to achieving it. Committing is often harder to do than we think.
If you are a reader of my blog you know by now that I recieve so much inspiration from Brooke Castillo. One of the best things I have learned from her is to commit to somehting until the end. Today's post is all about commitment, what it is, why it's important, and how to do it.
What is commitment
- deciding to be dedicated
- not quitting
- a willingness to be uncomfortable
Commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause or activity. Think about what it really means if you are dedicated to something. You know you are going to do it, no matter what. I can tell you I am dedicated to my morning cup of bulletproof. I don't care if it's going to make me late; I'm going to take the time to make my coffee.
Imagine if you could be that dedicated to a goal. If you could commit to a goal and not quit. To be so dedicated in achieving your goal that no matter what comes up, you are still going to work towards your goal. In your mind you can already see yourself as having it accomplished. You know without a doubt that it's going to happen.
But that doesn't mean that it's going to be an easy ride. There will be obstacles. There will be days when you don't feel like doing the work. If it was easy, you would already have what it is that you desire. It's supposed to be uncomfortable. It's part of the process.
If you are really going to commit to something, you need to remember these three things: you must be dedicated, quitting is not an option, and discomfort is part of the process.
Why commitment is important
- it motivates you to take action
- you know you can handle obstacles
- it creates resilience, growth, and confidence
When you commit to somehting, it's as good as done. You're going to take action. If you aren't taking action, you aren't committed. When I create my plan for the following day, I know what I'm going to be doing when I wake up. I commit to my schedule. I do the work not only because it's on my calendar, but because I want to do the work. I feel motivated to do the steps. Motivation comes from your why.
But what happens when obstacles come up. Remember, you can't quit. What if I can't find my motivation and I don't feel like working? Examine what the obstacle is and solve for it. If you're driving on vacation and a road is closed, are you going to go home or find another route? I guess it depends on how committed you are to your vacation. See what I'm saying? If you are really committed, you can handle the obstacles. The obstacles are what will help you grow. The obstacles are what will bring you closer to your goal. They are supposed to be there.
Because it's when you overcome those obstacles that you become resilient. You grow more into who you really are. And when you can see your accomplishments, you will gain confidence. This is the glory of commitment to the end. It is so beneficial to who you are as a person.
Staying committed to something all the way through will help you become a better version of yourself. You will grow and evolve and be capable of more.
How to commit
- decide to commit no matter what
- make your reason compelling
- know why you don't already have it
- take massive action
The first step to committing is to decide to commit no matter what. This means no second guessing yourself. Now, this doesn't mean that you can't stop if once you get into it you learn that you don't want this at all. But don't let indecision be an emotion that stops you from moving forward. Set a date. Commit to your goal for a set amount of time, and go after it no matter what until then. Then, reevaluate. Ask yourself if what you are doing is still aligned with your values.
The biggest thing that will make it easy to stay committed is to have a compelling reason. Simon Sinek calls this your WHY. Everything you do should be aligned with your WHY. But you can do this on a smaller scale. Why do you want what you want so badly? What will be different about your life when you have it? What will stay the same? You need to find a reason that is motivating enough to keep you going on the days you want to quit.
Part of finding your compelling reason can be found when you look into all the reasons why you don't already have what you want. It's a very interesting question to ask yourself. Think about what it is that you desire, and then ask yourself why you don't already have it. Listen to your answer. Do not blame outside circumstances or other people. Only you have the power to bring what you want into your life.
To bring it into your life you need to take massive action. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just put our wants out in the 'universe' and wait for them to show up? Manifesting things into your life takes work. When I ask myself why I'm not a professional photographer, I am giving myself the steps I need to take to become one. This is the massive action, doing the work until the goal is accomplished.
Now it's your turn
Commit to something you want, and commit no matter what. Make your reason so compelling that on the most apapthetic days you find yourself wanting to do the work. Take massive action until you acomplish the result you desire.
If you do this, you will become a better version of yourself. You will have more confidence. You will believe in yourself. If you have a goal that you kinda sorta are working on half heartedly, think about how you are going to feel at the end of the year. It feels so much better to put all your energy into something and get real results.
I want you to feel proud of your life. I want you to feel good when you lay your head on your pillow at night. Commitment is hard. But if you stay committed to the end, the reward is so great.
Do the steps my friends!
Decide to commit no matter what.
Make your reason compelling.
Understand why you don't already have it.
Take massive action.