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He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche
Sometimes in life one thing happens and another thing happens and we feel like what we are trying to do will never become reality. This is where commitment comes in. If we are committed to our goal, path, dream, family, career, we play whack-a-mole when we have to. We change things but we keep moving forward. This is what commitment is, if we are derailed too easily then maybe it was a wish and a hope but not something we were committed too.
When we plunk our money down to buy a house or property we are usually committed to getting through whatever challenges it takes for the house or property to finally be ours. We will jump through the hoops to make sure the financing goes through. We will get another lawyer; find the insurance company that will ensure the house or property, we will search for the documents or get documents that prove income. Whatever is asked of us we will do because we are committed and the prize at the end is worth all the trouble it took getting there.
We will not be equally committed to everything in our lives. We need a hierarchy of commitments. Everything in our life is not equal and if we want to know what is on our hierarchy list we need to look at what we are spending our time doing?
We always have to make choices in our lives and when we look back on our lives it is colored by the choices we were committed to. Some people become rich because they were committed to the choices and decisions that led them to a wealthy life. Some people are fit because their choices led them there. Some people have a balanced life where they seem to have enough of everything.
Do we choose what kind of life we want to build?. At certain times in our lives, we feel we have no choices to make, we have to live with the choices already made. That is why when we face big choices like who to marry, what type of business, career, or job to pursue, and where to live we need to make good choices.
We always have choices to make. What we choose for dinner impacts our health. What we choose to listen to impacts our frame of mind. Who we spend time with impacts many things. Do we make our choices based on long term goals or short term goals? We might make a terrible choice in a moment that impacts ourselves and others, forever.
We sometimes make choices that impact our lives innocently believing it was just another Sunday, but it was the Sunday that changed our life. We have many of those kinds of days if we look back. The day we met our husband or wife was usually ordinary in many ways but it changed the course of our life. Did we choose to stay where we grew up or leave? Did we choose to buy a home or property and which home and what property impacted our lives? We don’t know where different choices would have taken us.
Commitment is a choice to give up other choices. Scott Stanley
There is no going back, even if we try and move back to our home town. We aren’t going back to how it was before we left; it is a new choice going forward. We make choices that impact our lives every day. If we think about them too hard we may feel we should not make any choices. We get stuck. We need to have faith in ourselves, faith in those around us, and faith in our ability to deal with obstacles that get in our way. Sometimes we can only choose between two bad choices or two good choices and we have to make the best choice and live with the consequences. We have to have a commitment to the choice and make the best of it. Other times we can choose again.
We can be too committed to the wrong choice, and not committed enough to a good choice. We don’t always know which is which. Life is about making choices and then making the best of those choices. As Kenny Rogers said, “We need to know when to hold em, when to fold em, and when to run.” Knowing this can be one of the hardest things in life.
We won’t always make the best choice. We won’t always be committed to the right things. We won’t always give up on the wrong things when we should. Life will unfold how it does and some of it seems inevitable, like no matter which choice we make it will be the wrong one, or a bad one. Sometimes we can’t look too far ahead because it will frighten us too much. Sometimes we have to take the next small step and then the next one and eventually we can look forward, and we can look back to see how far we’ve come.
Choices and commitment will color our lives. In the end, our lives will be the sum total of what we have chosen and committed to. When we make our choices are we committed to them?
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Steve Jobs
Some say that our lives are defined by the sum of our choices. But, it isn’t really our choices that distinguish who we are. It’s our commitment to them. Emily Thorne
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