We cannot live up to our fullest potential until we fully commit. It doesn’t matter if it is a diet, a budget, or spending five minutes engaging in your mindfulness practice. We need to commit to become bigger than our excuses, problems, circumstances, unfairness, etc. The Japanese proverb says, committed people are willing to fall down seven times and get up eight.
Doing anything daily requires a commitment, a willingness to do it even when you are too tired, too busy, or just don’t feel like it. The crazy thing is when you need this practice most is also when you are most likely to resist it. The oposite of commitment is using the never-ending excuses, rationalizations, and obstacles we all find to keep us from moving forward.
You may find when you focus on your commitment in one area of your life, you will find yourself focusing on your commitment in all areas of your life like these participants:
My commitment was to one particular relationship this month, but I found myself more committed in all of my relationships. I also noticed that being mindful of a relationship seemed to have a reciprocal effect. I hadn’t expected that.
Commitment helped me stay out of overwhelm this month with all the things I have no control over: a job search, my divorce, and my teenage son’s actions. By committing to move through my situation, I worked on paperwork for 2 hours every day and got it done.
Starting each day with a commitment to myself, one of spiritual and physical self-care has helped me deal with my Mom’s illness and my Dad’s disability and all the difficult decisions and personalities that come with it.
The focus of commitment has made me realize how hard of a time I have keeping a commitment to myself. This is in every area of my life and has been a huge realization.