There is a huge difference between interest and commitment. When I am interested in something, it fits into my life as it is convenient. But when I am committed, I just do it, no matter what my schedule it. I don’t make excuses for myself. I just do it. And part-time commitment doesn’t count…
Many of us are “part-time” at everything, not willing to truly commit to anything. But in life, true rewards are reserved for those who are 100 % committed.
Commitment has everything to do with mindset.
In a very real way, I create the reality I want. If I want success in life (or in fitness), I have to think big and be fully committed–work my plan as if my life depended on it—and my fulfillment surely does! My life works to the degree that I keep my agreement with myself. I sometimes wake up fighting with myself over whether or not to stick to my plan, carry out my purpose. Yet once I make a 100 % commitment to myself, there is no exceptions—done deal, non-negotiable, case closed! All the bridges are burned and I simply move forward. It’s like brushing my teeth or taking my shower—I don’t argue with myself as to whether I am going to do it or not–I just do.
And once I have this “revelation,” success is not a big deal, really; it is just doing what works until I see the results, day in and day out.
One hundred percent is one hundred percent. That means all of it? Consider what a commitment of 99.9 % quality would mean in these work situations (taken from The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield):
~one hour of unsafe drinking water a month
~2 unsafe landings at O’Hare International Airport each day
~16,000 lost pieces of mail per hour
~20,000 incorrectly filled drug prescriptions a year
~50 newborn babies dropped at birth by doctors each year…
So, what about you? What discipline have you kind of planned to adopt this year, to make a habit in your life? Read, walk, no dessert on week days, no soda, more water, play with the kids? Commit 100 % to these disciplines until you get there. Be committed to 100 % excellence in the goals you have set for yourself. You are worth it! It is simply a matter of keeping your word to yourself, and remember this: your life works to the degree you keep your agreements. When you do not, you pay external and internal costs, losing trust, respect, credibility with others and yourself, weakening your sense of integrity. Once you realize your need to keep your word, you also realize that you are well able to do so; it is simply a matter of reckoning what you are giving up and just laying it down. Simply. The self-esteem, self-respect, mental clarity and energy you gain just aren’t to be compared to what you are giving up!
Are you ready to recommit to health?
First of all, remember all the benefits you are getting from a healthy lifestyle. This is supposed to be to your advantage, for your benefit, not for the sake of doing it!
If you are ready, here are some tips before you commit to yourself mainly, and then to others:
~Make only commitment that you intend to keep! Don’t commit to get someone’s approval, but consider wisely what you are giving your mental word to!
~Write down the commitments you make, and review them periodically, making sure you are still on track.
~Verbalize to yourself and others broken commitments. No blaming, no defending, no justifying.. and renegotiate your agreement with yourself!
“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” — Tommy Lasorda