The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed . Martina Navratilova
Humorous yet very apt observation from a top athlete!
Take a moment to look back at the successes you have had in your life. Notice how that before you achieved what ever it was, you had made a decision that you were going to give it your all, that you were 100% committed to achieving that goal, that failure was not an option!
Perhaps you had been standing on the sidelines of that goal, watching, participating a little, but not really committed for a while, and suddenly you acted and triumphed.
If you observe people that you admire for having achieved great success, you will find that at some point before their success those people experienced a time of almost debilitating defeat. That defeat served to force them to commit to what ever path they chose to achieve their success. The moment that you commit yourself 100% to your task or goal, you automatically exclude every single other option or obstacle. 100% commitment guarantees success. Lets say that again, 100% commitment guarantees success. Yes, it is that easy!
Don’t however berate yourself for being involved!
Being involved allows you to taste the wonderful array of things that life has to offer. It allows you to decide on what it is that you wish to commit to. Most of us however are stuck in a financial and or social comfort zone of being involved. We go to work at a job that is “OK”, we earn an “OK” salary that allows us to pay the instalments on our debts. We can not take the chance to commit because we are unsure of what we want to commit to, and if we are unsure, we don’t want to take the chance. That decision is responsible, but will it get you to achieve what you want to achieve?
What to do this week
This week, use your involvement to show you where you are in your life, be involved enough to know what you like and what you don’t like, then ask yourself if you are willing to commit 100% of everything you have to that goal.
Most of you will say NO!
Now that you are committed to the NO, take another look at what you want out of life and make a commitment here and now to do what ever you have to do, within your immediate means, and fulfilling you responsibilities to achieve your desired goals. Remember that once those goals are achieved, you can always set other goals.
This is just the beginning of your adventure of success!
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Craig Cox is a stress management consultant. He is the owner of Woad Stress management CC and lectures to corporate clients and individuals. Craig is passionate about helping people in business and enhancing their personal lives.
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