Happy Friday. I hope your week has gone well.
I've been thinking about commitment this week. It came up several times during some presentations and conversations.
Here is one of the dictionary definitions of commitment from the Merriam Webster Dictionary:
The state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commitment)
Here is what Wiktionary says:
Being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons. (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/commitment)
I have been trying to understand why people say they are going to do something and then don't follow through with it. I'm not casting blame, I am just as guilty of this as other people. I use the same excuses as other people such as "I didn't have time", "I was super busy", "I started to but needed to get some questions answered" or like other people I ignore the commitment until the last minute and then rush to get it done.
While thinking this through I realized that the key for me was the emotional aspect of the commitment. I found that if I was emotionally committed to a goal, task, project or person I made sure I did it. My examples are the number of successful people who worked for years to achieve their goal, the number of people who went through hard times to achieve their goal and the things I was committed to emotionally.
I had another insight about commitment this week. I am committed to building my SendOutCards business. Why am I emotionally attached to SendOutCards even though I haven't had the success that other people have? I have seen the results of sending a real card in the mail to friends, family, colleagues and other people I have met. A simple card in the mail will build relationships in your personal and professional lives. I have sent cards to people I have met who just needed a little pick me up. I have sent cards to business people to thank them for using my services. I have sent cards just to say hello. A real card in the mail can change a person's day. I am also committed to SendOutCards because having a business I can run from my phone will help my wonderful wife and I achieve our goal of moving to Costa Rica and my personal goal of being able to afford to write a book.
You can learn more about SendOutCards by going here and watching some videos. www.sendoutcards.com/danwrites
Here are some quotes on commitment;
"When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement really does make a difference." Zig Ziglar
"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed." Martina Navratilova
"There's no abiding success without commitment." Tony Robbins
A few final words
Yesterday I went public and disclosed my addiction. Today I am confirming my commitment to my addiction. I will find time every day to write.
Until next time,