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One to Ten – How Committed Are You?

2013 March 26
by Marquita Herald

How will you live today in order to create the tomorrow you are committed to? ~Tony Robbins

How committed are youMore often than not when we see the word commitment we think of relationships, but in truth we can be committed to many different things in life – supporting a cause, achieving a goal, improving our health, following a career path or making a difference in the world, to name a few. So, just how committed are you?

You see, the real question is not what we are committed to, it’s how committed are we – really? Try this – think of something you are committed to having, doing or being in your life, and ask yourself to honestly rate your commitment – one to ten.

There’s no need for me to give you a guideline to judge the accuracy of your response, because you will feel it in your heart … if you’re not being honest with yourself about your level of commitment there will be a little tug of hesitancy … and with that a little seed of doubt has been planted.

Mind you, having doubts about your commitment does not necessarily mean that the commitment is wrong, but it does mean that you might want to ask yourself a few more questions. Questions like “Am I committed, or just hoping this will work out?” or “How far will I really go to keep this commitment?” or “Is this commitment mine, or am I trying to please someone else?”

While you ponder those questions, here are a few inspirational thoughts for you on commitment:

  • Freedom is not the absence of commitment, but the ability to choose – and commit myself to – what is best for me. ~Paul Coelho
  • Unless commitment is made, there is only promise and hope … but no plan. ~Peter F. Drucker
  • Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you. ~Bill Cosby
  • Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. ~Tom Robbins
  • Commitment, by its nature, frees us from ourselves and, while it stands us in opposition to some, it joins us with others similarly committed. Commitment moves us from the mirror trap of the self absorbed with the self to the freedom of a community of shared values. ~Michael Lewis
  • Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the right stuff to turn our dream into reality. ~James Womack
  • Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success. ~Vince Lombardi
  • There are only two options regarding commitment, you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in between. ~Author Unknown
  • The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt. ~Rollo May
  • Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. ~Mario Andretti
  • If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation. ~Madeleine L’Engle
  • There’s no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen. ~Wayne W. Dyer
  • There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses – only results. ~Kenneth Blanchard
  • It is character that gets us out of bed, commitment that moves us into action, and discipline that enables us to follow through. ~Zig Ziglar
  • Tolerance implies lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of the beliefs of others. ~John F. Kennedy
  • When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible. ~Author Unknown

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8 Responses
  1. Arianne from sell used guns permalink
    March 31, 2013

    A wonderful article about commitment. It’s sad that there are a lot of people who have trouble to committing to anything at all. Sometimes, even I have trouble with this.

  2. March 31, 2013

    I, too, love the quotes you cited and may even tweet some of them :)

    I had to rethink my commitments and ask myself if I was really serious about many of them. Then I began taking real steps in the right direction. We have to show the universe just how committed we are to what we want and take action now.
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  3. Steve Borgman
    March 31, 2013

    Hi, Marquita! Thanks for the great article. Here’s how I think about commitment. Am I taking one action today to get me closer to accomplishing my goal? Regardless of how I feel? Actions don’t lie, and they’re the best way to measure commitment. Another way to measure commitment is the price we’re willing to pay. For example, I said I was committed to doing the Chicago Marathon a couple weeks ago. But when I signed up for it, along with $179 charged to my credit card, I knew I was committed!
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  4. March 29, 2013

    In my opinion an individual can not do anything in life if he lacks the spark of commitment in himself or herself. Everything requires the inherent responsibility in the form of commitment; this thing is not restricted to the factor of relationships. If we have the commitment to do a particular task, we would take each and every possible step to do the needful. Thanks for sharing the lovely quotes. I just loved the quotes.
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  5. March 29, 2013

    We have to be committed to achieve success. It is important to have commitment in relationships, to our work and of course to our moral values. Thanks for sharing the inspirational quotes and the post.

  6. March 27, 2013

    Hi Marty, One to Ten – How Committed Are You? A few months ago I would have said 10 and I wouldn’t have been honest about this but today “10″ I know exactly who I am and what my journey for life is about.

    I know 100% that I do not want others to go down the same road that I did and I am here to show others exactly what does not work.. This is a very important reminder for all of us. I love the Quotes, Bill Cosby’s is my favorite””Anyone can dabble, but once you’ve made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you”” I did Copy all of them for future reference.

    Thanks for sharing Chery :)
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  7. March 27, 2013

    “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” I really like this one! Sometimes it is easy to confuse commitment with sticking to the same thing over and over even if it is not working. We have to adapt and find ways to make what we are committed to really work. These are some great quotes! Thank you!
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  8. March 27, 2013

    When I think of personal commitments I’ve made I think of loving myself enough to pursue my best possible life by engaging in activities that support my best possible life. I make a commitment to myself to do my best every day, regardless of the outcome. And if I discover my path needs adjusting, well, that’s okay, because it’s not a matter of committing to a specific end result. Rather, I am committing to a lifestyle.

    Have a grateful day!

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