Updated: Nov 9, 2021
Commitment – unwavering dedication to one's goals
In case you’re wondering why commitment hasn’t come up earlier, it’s important to note that the suggestions in this blog have not been written in a particular order because it would be futile to try and order them. Each suggestion is important in its own way and should be read separately.
As with discipline, it’s often assumed that commitment is a given, and that’s not always the case. Commitment requires consistency and it requires all of the suggestions we’ve already discussed and all the suggestions that will follow. Much like faith and gratitude, we have to maintain commitment even when we don’t feel like it. Remember, the goal is to align our thoughts, words and actions in a way that elevates our state of being and helps us become the best version of ourselves. That’s why the way we define our purpose is crucial as it will either inspire us to be committed (day in and day out) or it will lead to inconsistency in the way we approach everything.
See, our overarching purpose is self-mastery but each one of us may have a different reason as to why we want to achieve this. Some of us seek self-mastery so that we can build fortunes, some of us seek self-mastery so that we can build incredible relationships, some of us seek self-mastery so that we can give back in the purest form, and some of us seek self-mastery because we want to be examples and because we want to scale all areas of our lives.
Whatever the case, we have to be very passionate about what we're trying to achieve in order to understand what’s at stake when we aren’t committed.
A short disclaimer at this point.
Do not fall into the trap of trying to be different and unique. We are all naturally different and unique.
Instead, ask yourself the following questions:
a) What brings you the most joy?
Is it acts of service? Is it supporting others? Is it being creative?
Is travel a big part of your life? Are you into arts & crafts? Do you like reading and writing?
Whatever brings you joy, bring more of it into your daily routine because you’ll only ever be committed to things you like, want and believe in. It’s futile to force yourself to be and to do things which you see no value in.
b) What are your strongest characteristics?
Are you very disciplined? Are you very organized? Are you able to focus at any moment?
Identify your strongest characteristics (or characteristics you are known for) and merge these characteristics with the things that bring you the most joy.
When you combine the things that bring you the most joy with the things you are really good at, you increase your chances of staying committed.
For example, I love writing and I believe I am quite disciplined, so I set the intention of publishing one blogpost every month. There are times when I feel like reading more or studying more and so I choose to do more of that. Note though that I am not replacing writing time with trivial activities but committing more to other things which are of equal interest and which will help drive my growth.
1. Commit to identifying your own passions and work on them
2. Understand that commitment is the most fundamental attribute in anything you do
3. Ask yourself what brings you joy and what your strengths are and then merge them
4. Focus on setting tangible goals and work away at them every day