Personal Commitments

Whether we realize it or not, every day is a commitment to something.

To family, to specific work, to a lifestyle.

As many have saved, our time is our most important finite resource. And our schedule highlights what we deem important.

That is if we think about it. Often there are things our calendars we do, that given a thought or alternative, we would choose something different.

We want to prioritize friends, but we feel the need to prioritize more work instead. Sometimes because it’s necessary (for food and stability.) But sometimes we prioritize the inessentials because we feel like we don’t have a choice or the day to day stresses of life blind us from taking stock of our lives and whether or not it’s how we want to live.

Taking a break and stepping outside of your normal is a great way to slow down and gain perspective on what you want, what you’re doing, and where you are going.

Deciding to change is the first step to change. This is a personal commitment we make with ourselves.

Personal commitments are:

Commitments usually stem from the heart and align with (at least in clear moments) the mind.

  • Deliberate
  • Catalysts for change and personal development
  • Internal but have a great chance of success with outside help (accountability, incentive, constraints, consequences)

What makes you fall in love with the person you fall in love with? So many deep things that words can’t quite describe. But staying in love is a daily act.

Commitments can come from both positive and negative circumstances and feedback. They usually begin from a place of calm and stillness (link to Ryan Holiday)

When you find a passion or dream or stumble upon a calling, you make an internal decision to pursue it with all you’ve got, for as long as it takes.

When you are so fed up with something, your current job, or the way you’ve been living, that you make a pact with yourself to change no matter what it takes.

Commitment is a verb. It starts with a declaration, but because sometimes real with daily action.

Commitments take belief. Believing in yourself, believing that change or a dream is possible is essential to making it happen. Belief is the prerequisite. Without it, there’s no chance, because the minute things get hard, or you fall off the tracks, you derail yourself and give up.

But through belief, anything is possible with the commitment and consistent action to make it possible.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1093

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