How committed are you to your life – to living each day with gusto?
How committed are you to being the very best you?
Two weeks ago I was asked to give a talk at a local school that did not go well. This was just a few days after I had reached my saturation point. I had had enough of being unhappy because I was feeling unsteady and unsure of where my life journey was headed.
I was tired of fighting, of surviving. I wanted to live – to make every breath count.
So I decided I was going to…live. I was going to live differently from the way I had been living and I was going to start this process by changing the way I thought. I made a commitment.
And that disastrous talk was the first of many tests I have encountered since that day I solemnly committed myself to a life of extraordinary. There I was all prepared and excited to be given a platform to exercise and develop one of my passions. For me, it was an opportunity to inspire.
It was inspiring alright, in the most humbling of ways. Everything went wrong and my commitment which seemed spectacular on paper wavered in reality.
Do I really have it in me to walk this path? That was the question that stared me right in the face with mockery almost. Do I have it in me to be committed to being committed?
The point is when you are committed to something, two things happen:
One, you get the opportunity time and time again to prove just how committed you are. Two, life begins to support you because of your commitment.
This may sound like a contradiction but it is not. These two principles are harmoniously interlocked.
This is why William N. Murray, the famous Scottish mountaineer said what he said. And I quote it here in full only because I want to impress upon you the enormous value of understanding how commitment functions as a life changing principle:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man would have dreamt would have come his way.
In essence, what Murray is saying is that commitment opens doors.
What I have come to see is that positive thinking offers no guarantees whatsoever, but it gives you the best chance to succeed. Like Murray says, this may sound too simple but it is incredibly great in consequence.
I hope you can join me and find it within you to be committed to your path and calling.
Yes, you will be tested. Yes, it might take a while for you to see results. And yes, it will be difficult.
But your life WILL change. This I know for sure.