Friday, December 10, 2010

The Secret Behind Commitment


What is the one simple factor in individual success?

Commitment.

Think about it. Commitment ignites action. It helps us focus on eliminating those doubts and confront what is and what is not working. Commitment provides motivation for improvement. After thinking on this I have to admit, once I make up my mind to do something, it gets done. And afterward I’m left wondering why the heck it took so long.

Let me try and explain my take on this. There is a huge difference between being interested or enjoying something and being committed to succeed. If you are merely interested, time plays an important role. You’re sort of sitting on the sidelines only proceeding when time permits. But if you are committed, you look at things a bit differently. Time becomes your ally. It’s been there all along strategically hidden between the many tasks and responsibilities of life and mommyhood. But commitment helps us find that precious time no matter what. It makes us concentrate and brings out all our resources to help us fight for the finish line. There are fewer excuses, because well, you’ve made up your mind that nothing is going to get in your way and stop you. Results are the only thing to follow.

“Persistence with a Purpose” Now that makes a lot of sense. I know what I want. I know what I have to do to get it. Now all I have to do is commit and make it happen. Sounds easy enough. But nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

So no more excuses for not writing or editing. I can do a little every day. I can reach my goals. I might need to tweak them a bit as I go along, but it’s all good.

Sorry email, Facebook, twitter, procrastination, doubt. I just don’t have time for you anymore. I have a lot of writing to do!



“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny”

-unknown

8 comments:

Heather said...

Very well said! It is all about how committed we are.

Melissa said...

Thanks, Heather. Some days I feel more committed than others. LOL Working on that part. :)

Max said...

Commitment....now there's a word. ;o) Get to work on those books. I want to read them.

Melissa said...

I'm working on it. Really, I am. :)

Shayda Bakhshi said...

You know, that's one word I sort of took for granted when it comes to writing. I usually think of "tenacity" and "consistency" and "butt-in-chair". Those are all under the commitment umbrella, though. Very cool--and simple--way to think about it!

Melissa said...

You are so right, Shayda. :) The toughest of the three for me is the "butt-in-chair" part. LOL You know you're procrastinating big time when you choose laundry over something you love. ugh..But this is the first thing I am committing to put a stop to.

Lynn Colt said...

Writing really does take a commitment, to get through all the rejection and edits and I-don't-wannas. I like the thought that 'time becomes our ally', because in publishing it really is about the long view. Great post :)

Melissa said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lynn! :) I have a lot of those I-don't-wannas. LOL Especially when it comes to editing. But the more I work through them, the better it gets all the time. Thank goodness! :)