Commitment in people’s life is what directs them to achieve their set targets. Without a commitment to a chosen course, life becomes meaningless and people set to be content with whatever comes their way. When you discover your joy, which will be in living your mission, William James has some good counsel for you, “Start Immediately. Do it Flamboyantly! No Exceptions!”
Commitment in history past can be traced on how the world is moved and shaped by the ideas of a small number of ordinary people who lived with extraordinary levels of commitment. To believe in the power of commitment, Alexander Graham Bell said, “What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind, in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.”
The technological advancement of the world today can be related to the commitment of some few ordinary people whose passion was to make great change in society. They were hit by many setbacks and obstacles. They however, did not back down but held fast to what they were committed to. No achiever ever became successful by a mere chance. They were committed to their course.
Let’s draw some inspiration from the Sufi poet and mystic Rumi’s writings of old, which illustrates what happens when one lives without commitment.
If you want what visible reality can give you,
You’re an employee.
If you want the unseen world,
You’re not living your truth.
Both wishes are foolish,
But you’ll be forgiven for forgetting.
That what you really want is
love’s confusing joy.
And gamble everything for love,
If you’re a true human being.
If not leave this gathering.
Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.
You set out to find God,
But then you keep stopping for long periods.
At mean spirited roadhouses.
The height of your accomplishments will always equal the depth of your commitment. It is true that, half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty. Martin Luther King is quoted to have said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit for live.” On the other hand, Abe Lincoln often counseled that, “always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.” What resolution are you taking to keep your commitment on track and alive?
This is what Goethe, the German philosopher has to say when he spoke majestically of the power of commitment. He said,
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffective, concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, and then providence moves, too. … Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. DO IT NOW!
Wooow, what an inspiration from a great thinker!
Taking some lessons from Goethe’s quote, we need to make some mental choices and be fully committed to our dreams. If not, there will always be hesitancy on our part into achieving our goals. Live your dream and be committed to it. This commitment is the resolve never to back down when things get tough. The resolve is simply an attitude of: “I’ll do it. I’ll do whatever it takes.” There is a tremendous energy that boosts you up and sets you into motion of achieving your set targets when you are committed to something.
We often hear of movers and shakers, what keeps them through in times 0f ups and downs, changes and setbacks? It is their resolve to live their passion and the commitment into reaching their specific goals. Their passion and commitment triggers more energy whenever circumstances turn against them or when they fail. Do you have that commitment? Remember that a setback is just a setup for a great comeback and the greater the setback, the greater the comeback.
What are your setbacks in life and what measures are you taking to stay focus?