“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.” -Kenneth H. Blanchard
Happy Tuesday friends!
I saw this quote + it stuck, so I wanted to share it with you. There are many areas of life you can apply it to. Take a minute to reflect if there is a part of your life that it most applies to or an area that you desire to become more committed.
The habits we build for ourselves do not always come easy. But with time, planning, + commitment the habit starts to become part of your daily routine. And it will get easier.
Yesterday was my first dayshift at my nursing job. I worked with a nurse practitioner that has lost a lot of weight + is clearly in a more healthy place. It has been about 2 years since I was last on dayshift for orientation + have interacted with her, I told her she looked amazing and it must’ve taken a lot of commitment. She said it has been 75 pounds! She then started telling me about her run on Sunday + the new red pants she just bought. I loved hearing that it has been a steady, committed journey that still takes effort.
What is the difference between her + someone that continues to dabble or just shows interest in working out or eating better? She committed. It’s clear. She had to be intentional + continues to be intentional with what she eats + her activity. The trouble most people get into is that they give up too soon, or they lose interest if results aren’t coming fast enough. Perhaps they jump around from workout to workout because the shiny new workout syndrome loses it’s luster + they get “bored”. Instead of having a plan + intention, they have an interest.
If you are committed, no matter how tough things get, you are going to find a way through. You’ll go over, under, around, or through obstacles. You’re not easily distracted.
This doesn’t mean you’ll be perfect and you certainly don’t have to be. It just means that your habits change + your prioritizing differently. If you get off track with some beer + pizza, you know you’ll find your groove again + find your way back to your commitment. There are WAY more good decisions you are making than bad.
A good personal example for me is this blog. I went through a lull where I wasn’t being as discipline with my posting. I would skip a day if I felt overwhelmed with other things in my life. Now, it is a post on every Tuesday or Thursday. I’m committed + driven, this little blog is important enough to overcome the obstacles or busy weeks. Sometimes this means that I need to get up early or go to sleep later than I’d prefer. Sometimes I need to edit a post before I can watch Game of Thrones with my husband. Sometimes I can’t get it done until the afternoon. But, it happens. I have a vision + that has helped me make daily better daily habits to ensure it happens.
I hope that you find commitment where you need it + give the area your energy + focus. Typically it pays dividends and you are SO glad when you can look back + think I’m glad I finally committed.
Make it a great day! -Ames