Commitment connotes an obligation, or a pledge or promise you personally make without any external push to do the same.
Whether to God, in relationships, our responsibilities, a change of habits, or goals, we have at a point committed to one thing, person or event.
Think of climbing a mountain. I did that recently and was shocked at how 2,780 m (9,180 ft) turned out to be a challenge. In the journey I experienced shortness of breath, headache, body weakness and nausea. Despite it all, I committed myself to finish the ascent. The sights were amazing, I made friends and sticking it through was well worth it at the end.
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How can we stay committed despite insurmountable odds? Let us consider these five ways that will help us in stay committed:
- Be Content
Life is really a journey of climbing mountains per say. There are two options for rating our experience, either by the journey during the climb or the destination which is the top of the mountain. Think of a goal to lose weight – we either enjoy the daily jogging regime (journey) or have aching pains of not attaining an ideal weight (destination).
Most times we base our contentment on the destination we desire to reach in a future time. “I will be contented when I reach the cliff...” Sooner or later, you will get to your destination.
True contentment is in the now, during the journey to the top. Enjoy the climb, gasp at the scenery, and bask in your progress.
I've learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
- Avoid Making Comparisons
Why do we compare ourselves with others, as if one of us is better and another worse? I find comparisons really a reflection on our own personal insecurities.
It is good to read biographies and learn from people – desire to emulate their good traits.
Each of us is an original. So our journeys and circumstances unique. Compete with yourself if you must.
- Keep Hope Alive
Hope is a joyful expectation that looks past the present circumstances. Hope says “It's possible”, even when all else seems lost.
- ACT on Knowledge
Many accumulate knowledge and stack it up in a physical library of books or in their brains which can store a staggering amount of data, facts and figures.
If you never ACT on that knowledge it would be just as good as if you never had it in the first place. Mentally waiting on things to magically change without your participation – is too presumptuous on your part.
The acronym ACT may help in handling knowledge – choose to Apply, Change or Teach something from every aspect of knowledge accumulated.
- Nurture Discipline
Apathy is an indifference to what we learn or know and lethargy is laziness towards the same.
In sharp contrast, discipline means doing what you need to do especially when you don't feel like it. Nurture discipline to stay committed while watching against apathy and lethargy.
Roll your works upon the LORD [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so your plans shall be established and succeed.
Do you encounter difficulties with keeping commitments? How else can you stay committed in your journey?
Happy New Year to every one of my readers.
2012 was a great year being my first in blogging. I appreciate each of you for reading, the feedback and the support you have offered me.
I pray that 2013 will certainly be greater for all of us. I thank God for the opportunity to yet again share with you. May we continue to be an encouragement to each other.