“You don’t know what your abilities are until you make a full commitment to developing them.” — Carol S. Dweck
Commitment is the bedrock upon which the grand edifice of our aspirations stands. Yet, discerning our true level of commitment to a goal can be a perplexing task. As Richard G Scott wisely puts it, “To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do things you have never before done.” The journey from setting a goal to making a genuine commitment involves navigating uncharted territories, demanding sacrifices and unwavering determination.
As you consider your willingness and desire to commit to making your goals happen, spend time answering these 6 questions in your journal:
1. What sacrifices will I have to make to achieve my goals? Am I willing to make those sacrifices?
To assess commitment, ask what sacrifices are essential for the desired outcomes. Are you genuinely willing to make those sacrifices? This question delves into the essence of commitment, requiring a candid acknowledgment of the price one is willing to pay.
2. What will I have to give up? Am I willing to do this?
Goals come at the cost of relinquishing other pursuits. When you say “yes” to one thing you are saying “no” to something else. What will you have to give up to achieve this goal? This question prompts reflection on the trade-offs involved, emphasizing the discernment needed in making intentional choices.
3. What am I afraid of?
Identifying fears associated with the process is pivotal. What fears are hindering progress, and are you willing to face them? The commitment to self-reflection and overcoming fears is foundational for intentional living.
4. What would be the cost of not taking these actions, and therefore not accomplishing my goals?
Consider the cost of not taking these actions. What opportunities might slip away? This question unveils the concept of opportunity cost, underlining that inaction is not a neutral choice but a forfeiture of potential achievements.
5. How will achieving my goals change my life?
Reflecting on how achieving the goal will change your life provides clarity. How will your life be different, and does this change align with your vision? Understanding the transformative power of your aspirations enhances commitment.
6. What actions am I willing to commit to in order to accomplish my goals?
Commitment necessitates action. What actions are you genuinely willing to commit to? This question propels commitment beyond intention, demanding a concrete plan of action.
Aligning with Core Values
To sustain commitment, align it with your core values. The synergy between commitment and values creates a harmonious resonance that propels motivation even in the face of challenges.
Knowing if you’re truly committed is an ongoing process of self-assessment and adjustment. Commitment is not a static state but a dynamic force that propels us through the ever-evolving landscape of our aspirations.
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