COMMITMENT

(Mahnoor Chaudhary, Islamabad)

“There’s always a way- if you’re committed”
Tony Robbins
A lot of people consistently grumble about not getting something; about not accomplishing their goals; and about all the hurdles and problems that make their life “oh so difficult”.These people would immediately quit complaining the moment they realized that: we don’t get what we want; we only get what we are committed to. Unless you are fully committed to something, you don’t have a hope in the world of bringing your desires into reality.

Commitment goes beyond “merely being interested” in something. To commit to something means hindering other possible alternatives while focusing all your attention and efforts on one ultimate objective. This is important because this “focus of attention” provides a sense of certainty that specific outcomes will be realized.

When you commit you make asignificant decision to burn your bridges and pursue one clear path towards your desired destination. Though, in order to get to that end destination, you need devotion, patience, discipline, and will power to do whatever it takes despite difficulties, discomfort and the inconveniences you will experience along your journey.

When you’re committed you don’t abandon because abandoning means you will fail to achieve your desired outcomes, and this is just too painful to even contemplate. And so you persist and take chances along your journey, fully realizing that without some risk your goal will always remain a fleeting dream — so close, yet clearly out of your reach.

The moment you break a commitment is the moment you are sending a message to your brain that you are incapable to follow-through with the promises you make to yourself. And because your brain is being conditioned in this way, this means that the next time you commit to something, your brain will habitually expect that you won’t follow-through with your promise, and as such it will figure out a way to break that commitment.

You must distinguish the difference between a commitment and the act of merely being interested in something. When you’re merely interested in something you have a very foggy idea of what it will take to achieve your desired outcomes. In other words, you have absolutely no idea what you’re getting yourself into. However, when you are committed to something, you have a very clear idea of what lies ahead on your journey; the sacrifices you must make; the resources you must acquire; and how you’re going to respond to the challenges that await. And that’s all about clarity. It’s about gaining the clarity you need to decide whether or not you have what it takes to commit to this journey.

Downsides often come in the form of potential sacrifices you might need to make in order to follow through with your commitment. You might, for instance, need to sacrifice time, money, or resources. There might also be an opportunity cost where committing to this path could mean that you can’t focus on other things.

The resistance you experience will, of course, be unique to your situation. As a matter a fact there might be a myriad of reasons why you are resisting making a wholehearted commitment. However, don’t despair, because there are certain things you can do that can help you raise your levels of commitment successfully. To commit yourself first and foremost to your decision and action, and then while you’re moving forward and building momentum, that’s when you can bring a little hope to help give you that extra encouragement during difficult moments of your life.

Let go of complaining or making excuses. Just accept things as they are and take full responsibility for your life, circumstances, and problems — whether you shaped them or not.

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