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Committed to Be ing Committed

Updated: May 20, 2019



“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”


We have to be committed to being committed. It's one thing to be committed to a goal or an outcome but from personal experience I have found it is easy to talk my way out of my commitments to objectives I want to achieve. I rationalize and justify to myself why my goal is not worth pursuing. It’s easy to find reasons why the price you have to pay to attain the outcome you want is not worth it in the end. That’s the difference between being committed to an outcome and being committed to being committed. When you are committed to being committed it doesn't matter if the reward becomes less appealing you keep going because you aren’t in it for the reward. You are in it because you made a deal with yourself that you would keep going no matter the cost. I had the realization recently as I reflected on my past two years out of college. I set out to pursue my creative passions with the hopes of turning those passions into a way of making money. I have now realized that there are a lot of easier ways to make money and if that is truly my end goal then I need to revisit the job opportunities I have turned down. The thing is that is not my goal. My goal is to add value to the world with my creative passions and I am committed to doing that regardless of the financial kickback I receive. I am committed to the process of pursuing my goals, If you are chasing you passion to make money you will quickly find your journey unrewarding and too tough to continue. Do what you are passionate about because you are passionate about it! Your goals may change, the plan will most certainly change, but you will be relentlessly solution focused and be able to explore the near infinite paths because you are committed to being committed. When it comes to the things that matter most to us, our health, relationships, career dreams....etc, we need to make sure that we are more committed to the process not just the outcome


“The thing about genuine commitment is that unless there is a willingness to make personal sacrifices, it really isn’t commitment. Commitment costs. It costs time; it costs opportunities; it costs comfort; it costs personal independence.

But commitment – genuine commitment – pays real dividends… particularly in the long-term. It pays in spiritual growth; it pays in relational stability; it pays in personal integrity and self-respect. Being willing to make the sacrifices necessary to honour our commitments in our relationships not only is a practical expression of our love for the other, it is a powerful way to practice our life-long mission to grow in maturity and holiness as individuals.

This willingness to sacrifice has been identified by social scientists as one of the critical indicators of authentic relational commitment. Without evidence of sacrifice, commitment is largely hypothetical.” - Francine & Byron Pirola - Smart Loving


It’s important to note here that you have to be unattached to the outcome while simultaneously being all in on the process. It's a tough thing to do. The fact of the matter is, sometimes the finish line looks a lot different than we anticipated so its important that we are running the race we want to run. That will be another blog for another day. Pursuing an unconventional path will leave you doubting, frustrated, confused and uncertain but I challenge you to commit to being committed!

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