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The Difference Between Interest and Committment

If you’re interested, you’ll do what’s convenient. If you’re committed, you’ll do whatever it takes. – John Assaraf

Many people are “interested” in succeeding, they’re interested in achieving certain goals.

Truth be told, I am (merely) interested in some (of my) goals.

The difference between what I’m interested in and what I am willing to work hard for is commitment.

When one is committed they will do whatever it takes to move forward:

They will try new things.

They will risk failure (i.e. things not going as exactly imagined… )

They will ask for help and support.

They will put aside, or eliminate, certain tasks or requests.

They will help others in important and authentic ways, knowing, but not expecting, that service comes back – often many-fold/multiplied

They will say “No.” to things that will detract from either 1) the doing of the hard work necessary or 2) the rest and recovery necessary to carry out their commitment.

They will do whatever it takes.

What are you going to do?

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

I’m pretty sure I’ve riffed on this before, but it’s such a great quote I’m writing about it again.

Is there anything you want to do, that you dream to do, that remains un-started?

What’s the absolute smallest, tiniest, step you can take, now towards that dream?

Do that.

Sharpen Your Axe

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax. – Abraham Lincoln

I am not suggesting that you spend 66% of your time exercising, but you – absolutely, positively – must exercise some, consistently.

Is it hard to do? Yes and no.

The actual doing is easy, especially if you gave a great playlist.

But the getting to the doing can be hard.* It’s easy to procrastinate – trust me I know…

Regardless the imperative remains.

As Phil Knight might say: Just do it.

* One thing that can help is to take some time to get clear on why fitness is important and useful to you, personally and authentically. Doing this will help you develop the sustainable emotional energy you need to get started with, and continue, a physical fitness practice.

There Are Only Two Forces

There are two basic motivating forces:* fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. – John Lennon

Self-explanatory.

* I would tweak John’s choice of language and reference A Course In Miracles and say that there are – at our core – only two emotions: love and fear. While it might be seen as nit-picking, that subtle shift in language is important.

How Your Life Gets Better

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. – Jim Rohn

And change is hard.

Change is easier, slightly, when approached authentically* and gradually.**

Change takes hard work.

Sustained, daily, hard work.

Get started, now.

The time is going to pass anyway, and you’re going to be doing something anyway.

* The sustainable emotional energy required for lasting change is derived from making changes we truly want.

** How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.