Commitment is “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc” according to the dictionary.
We all have our own interpretation of what commitment means, what it looks like, what actions we take that prove we are committed to something.
Commitment to me is taking action to move forward toward a goal or outcome.
I remember being afraid or doubtful about my capacity to achieve something.
One example for me is that I remember debating whether I could walk into a new gym, sign up, and complete a workout when I was out of shape and awkward.
You may scoff at this example, but, being an introvert, the fear of new places and people held me back for years.
It’s taken coaching, practice, and courage to become who I am today.
I made a commitment to being healthy that helped me overcome my excuses to stay where I was because it was familiar and comfortable.
A lot of people talk about wanting something or wanting to achieve a goal or outcome. They debate whether one path or another would be good, they even express their dreams verbally, but then they remain stuck in place. They can picture where they want to be, but, for reasons only known to them, they don’t ever act to achieve this desired outcome.
I hate to break it to you, friends, but talk is cheap. You can talk about something all day long, but, in the end, if you’re not taking action toward your goal, I call bs. You don’t really want it.
That’s where commitment comes in.
When you are truly committed to a goal and bringing it to life – you can plan, you can talk about it, you can visualize it all you want, but, at some point, you need to act.
This is the single most important step. What makes you take action or stay complacent? Your thoughts and feelings about achieving your desired result.
It’s as simple as that. Y
ou hold yourself back. I’ve done it, many times.
I can tell you exactly why too.
I was scared. I felt safe and comfortable where I was. I wasn’t ready. The scales hadn’t tipped enough to make me want to tip that balance in action toward my goal. Sound familiar?
There is never going to be a best time to change your thoughts, feelings, or actions. There will always be some excuse that will allow you to stay where you are. It may sound legitimate. It may sound comforting; this excuse may seem like a fact. I’m here to tell you that it’s not. An excuse is just that, an excuse. Either you are taking action when you want something or your brain is giving you reasons not to.
Commitment is recognizing that your brain will give you resistance. It will supply a multitude of reasons why you don’t act, even when you think you really are serious about wanting something.
I know from experience that if you want something, you take action to get it regardless of your fear, your doubt, your excuses.
The people who are truly committed to achieving their outcome are taking action.
They may fail (we will cover failure and what it actually is…spoiler alert – it’s a learning opportunity) repeatedly but they don’t give up until they achieve their goal. They learn as they go but they keep moving forward.
Decide what you’re committed to today and work for it.
I challenge you to feel the fear and do it anyway.
Fear + action = courage.
Courage + action = commitment.
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