“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”
That anonymous quote gets to the heart of why perseverance and effort are the only true ways to arrive at our desired destination.
Everything else, speaking frankly, are simply hopes and dreams.
Identifying what you’re trying to accomplish is the first step, and that has merit in and of itself. However, it’s just the beginning, and it’s usually aided by the excitement of visualizing the end result.
Everything in between now and your goal is the toughest part, since nothing happens in a vacuum. We’ll rarely have the option of focusing on a single mission; work, family, systemic pressures, societal expectation and (lately) pandemics can and will get in the way of your progress, no matter how pure your intentions are.
That’s why only true commitment will get it done.
If your goal is fitness related, you’ll have to keep pushing through fatigue, distractions, and temptations.
If it’s mastering a new skill, you’ll surely deal with repetition and failure, self-doubt and impatience.
And if the goal is to become a better version of you as a person – arguably the most challenging yet rewarding of all – you’re going to have to dig deep, forgive, plan, and rebuild.
But none of it happens without commitment.
Let commitment be the wind in your sails. It won't necessarily be a pleasant voyage – it rarely is – but it’ll all be worth it once you get there.
Written by Rodrigo Azurmendi
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