Are you committed or just interested?

By , April 21, 2010 11:10 pm

iStock_000009810666Small“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it is convenient. When you’re committed to something you accept no excuses, only results.”

Ken Blanchard – Author

So you’ve set yourself a clear goal or intention. For example, you have decided to improve your fitness level. So you set an intention to go to the gym twice a week.

Things start off well and you get to the gym 2 times a week for the first two weeks. You’re making progress and then…

Life gets in the way!

You have to work longer hours or you’re too busy and too tired to exercise. Your actions become inconsistent and progress towards your goal stops.You get frustrated and wonder why achieving your goal is so hard to do.

Here’s the thing…

Once you have set a goal or intention then you have to make a 100% commitment to that outcome if you really want it to happen.Not 50% or 60% or 90%

100% commitment or bust!

Here’s what 100% commitment looks like:

  • If you are committed to your goal then there are no excuses, only results
  • You have discipline – It’s just part of your daily practice
  • It’s a done deal
  • You’ve made the decision – you’re committed to making it happen
  • You don’t have to think about it anymore. The decision has been made – you’re doing it
  • There is no debate in your head
  • Life is easier and you have focus
  • This is not negotiable
  • You observe the boundaries you’ve made to make this happen
  • You turn up every day despite obstacles and not feeling like it no matter what the circumstances

Here’s what just being interested looks like:

  • You do it inconsistently – only when you remember or ‘feel like it’
  • You can find excuses NOT to do it
  • You wake up each morning fighting the voices in your head over whether to ‘do it’ today or ‘not’ or ‘I’ll start it tomorrow’
  • You make excuses during the day to justify your lack of commitment to this goal. “I haven’t got the time.” “It’s not my fault.” “I should have…” “I’m too tired.” “I deserve a day off.”
  • You make hesitant attempts to start but easily give up
  • You’re still fighting with the decision even though you’ve already made it
  • You (and the committee in your head) debates the topic over and over
  • You feel frustrated because you know what you should do, you just don’t do it!

The truth is that if you’re only interested in your goal then realistically you’re not going to achieve it.

Successful people really commit to their intentions. How much do you really WANT yours?

It’s got to be 100% commitment!

10 Responses to “Are you committed or just interested?”

  1. You got it, girl! I think I got caught up in waiting for the “perfect” moment or outside approval and THEN I was planning to commit. Now I know the commitment comes first. Thanks for spelling it out so clearly!

  2. Wow. This is the second time i’ve seen this exact question posed this week. At Fabienne’s event, she quoted John Assaraf, who put it this way:

    “If you’re interested, you do what’s convenient. If you’re committed, you do what it takes.”

    Great post Elaine! Good for me to read too! (And YOU, my friend, are definitely committed!)

  3. elaine says:

    Hey Laura – glad this helped. Commitment comes first every time.

    Christine – Thanks! I LOVE the John Assaraf quote. Wow! I wish I’d been at that event.

  4. Anna says:

    Love this…I think I have significant commitment issues. Actually, I’m sure I do. Might be time to try a different approach.

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  6. Adela Buch says:

    Great post, I bookmarked your blog so I can visit again in the future, All the Best

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  10. Maury Brooks says:

    Bullseye! As I read this I realized there are many levels of commitment. Is one committed to a piece of the result or the whole enchilada. I have been committed to a piece of a process and now realize I need to embrace the bigger picture to get the results I desire.

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