The other day I was driving as early as 6:30 in the morning to an event I was really looking forward to attend. I wasn’t familiar with the route and it’s my first time to visit the venue so I used google maps to direct me. But despite having google maps, I missed my turns twice that’s why I had to go around a couple of times before I finally got into the place. It wasn’t google maps fault but more on the one way street and no left/right turn restrictions which made me missed the entrance twice.
It was still early but somehow missing the turns twice felt a bit frustrating because I wanted to be early in the event to get a good seat.
While in the moment I had a mental thought of “if this event is not as important as it is to me now I will just go home and forget about the event”. Then I remembered this from Ken Blanchard:
“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. ~ Ken Blanchard”
What “Interested” looks like?
It made me look back in 2012. I realized I wasn’t that committed in what I do back then, I was more on interested. Because when an unexpected circumstance happened it downgraded my commitment in what I do and changed it to interest.
A good example is this website. In 2012, an unexpected event happened that prompted me to stop writing in this site. Before that event I was very committed to what I do here, posting daily and even publishing books. But because of the said unexpected event, I lost the commitment and it went to interest. Many years passed by and no article was published here. I lost my commitment in this site. I gave up my passion in writing for couple of years after 2012.
Morale lesson, if you’re only interested and not committed in what you do, you allow yourself to delay your action. And as a result, nothing happens or changes, you don’t reach what you aim for. Hence you don’t succeed in what you want to do.
What “Commitment” looks like?
I want to believe that I am more committed now in this website mission cause even if I was not writing for awhile I didn’t closed this site and I’m even back into writing again.
Since I am committed, everyday for the past couple of months, I create and post motivational posters in the official Lifetofullest.com Facebook page and even in my personal account in Facebook and Instagram. This is my way to continue spreading positive motivation to the followers of this website.
Morale lesson, if you are truly committed to something, no matter how long you stop, you’d always go back to it. Also, once you declare your commitment, do something daily to make such commitment alive. Do it consistently, success in turning your plan into reality will follow.
How about you, in what you do or want to become, are you committed or just interested? Take time to reflect on it.
For a final note, let me leave you this phrase from Abraham Lincoln:
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.