I’d like to take a minute to talk about commitment with passion. No, I’m not talking about the romantic kind (as in intimate relationships with others) – rather I’m talking about the kind of commitment that leads to creating self-fulfilling prophecies. Let’s face it, pursuing your goals, even if you’re highly motivated, isn’t always a piece of cake! Nearly everything means overcoming obstacles, personal sacrifice and risking failure.
Developing skills in almost any activity requires a great deal of practice, patience and labor. Passionate commitment carries many benefits. It reinforces our sense of autonomy, but also helps us feel like we belong to something. And when we follow through on our decisions to do something, it helps shield us from social pressures. For that reason, when we make a commitment in front of others, it’s particularly potent. A study from University of Scranton found that people who made public New Year’s resolutions were 10 times more likely to succeed at their goal.
There are many people who’ve written about commitment and how it relates to achievement. Here are two great quotes from leading business gurus: ”Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes… but no plans.” –Peter F. Drucker
“Without involvement, there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, and underline it.” –Stephen Covey
So what about committing publicly like Beth – check out Weighing in for a Cause as a way to cement your goal – and DO WELL by DOING GOOD!