Following through with Your Commitment

Photo by Paige Cody

It can be challenging to follow through with a decision particularly if the immediate pleasure is more powerful than the results that can be achieved down the line. We were all confronted at some point in life with a decision of either following our dreams or chasing the monthly paycheck. What does it take to give up the fear of being poor and chase the riches of being fulfilled and building up our dreams?

Waiting for the Right Time

Photo by Tom Morel

Will there ever be a right time to start working on your garden? Start on a new project or learning a new language? Similarly to the dresses and suits we keep on hangers for that ‘special moment’ that never comes, we put our dreams and big ideas on hold.

Even if the circumstances we find ourselves in might not allow us to give twelve hours a day towards building our dream, start slow. One hour invested consistently can help us build the fundamental skills that we need to be able to claim more of our time and invest it into what we truly desire. Dream big and start small.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

Photo by Randalyn Hill

Being forgiving allows you to grow and learn from your mistakes. It’s important however to keep clean from walking the same path again and again, but procrastination is addictive and so is doing everything but being productive.

What can you do?

  1. Feel the guild and use it to make a change
  2. Decide what ‘change’ looks like
  3. Draft a plan – ideally, a daily plan

This allows you to take over control and build up the discipline for developing healthy habits. Start with short pomodoros to get a feel for achievement. Plant the initial seeds with care before moving on to the next step. Make sure that you’re awareness is in the now and that you understand your focus. Every day counts towards achieving success.

Adjusting Your Goals Makes Them Attainable

Photo by Balaji Malliswamy

Those dreams you had as a child most likely can still happen. Sure, it takes willpower, discipline, commitment, work but they’re as alive as you allow yourself to be.

So instead of thinking I’m 40 years old, I won’t study and retire from being a brain surgeon by the time I’m 65, readjust your goal. Some things take time and that’s what makes them worthwhile. Growing and gaining understanding of what you want and how long it will take you to get there realistically makes it easier. Set smaller milestones rather than one, big goal that you know you want to achieve it, but you can’t really see it happening.

Look at the areas of your life that you haven’t reviewed in a while. Is your body in the best shape it can be? How about your diet? Your circle of influence? Your learning process. When was it the last time you’ve exposed yourself to new ideas? Goals are a fun way to measure our success, make them work in your benefit.

What Does Commitment Look Like?

‘If you allow external factors to dictate your circumstances and where you are in life, that’s not commitment. That’s simply not making an active choice.’

We can probably associate commitment with eliminating the ‘want-s’ and adopting the ‘must-s’ instead. That is a close enough description, but there is no reason why what we want can’t be turned into a necessary action.

You may have noticed that external factors seem to dictate more what you do in life rather than your internal desire for success. You’d more likely meet a deadline at work or graduate because your parents expected this of you, rather than pursuing your passion in life. What it takes is linking what YOU want to the thought and feeling of urgency.

A deadline you set for yourself is just as a good of a deadline – if not better – than what is imposed on you and expected of you. If you allow external factors to dictate your circumstances and where you are in life, that’s not commitment. That’s simply not making an active choice.

Not making an active choice equals allowing everyone to steal time away from you. If you’d decide to commit to something, what would it be?