Why it takes commitment to reach your goal and not self-discipline

it takes commitment to reach your goal

It takes commitment to reach your goals and create a change. If you have to pick one word to help you succeed, pick commitment.

Not passion, self-discipline, motivation or focus.

But commitment.

The more goals I have reached and am still in the process of reaching, the more I understand that it takes commitment to reach my goal. I know this because I have and have had many goals that I’d like to reach, but that I’ve not been committed to. Losing weight, getting fit, writing a book, sorting through the cellar. Many goals that I’d love to achieve and somewhere still believe I will. But in truth, I’ve not been committed.

You’ll need focus for sure and self-discipline is important. Motivation will get you far as well, no question. But a deep commitment will keep you going when the other 3 disappear.

How to know what you are truly committed to?

Always follow your intuition and gut feeling. If you don’t know what your purpose in life is yet, you’ll definitely have something you enjoy doing. Tune into what gives you energy and that you enjoy doing. However small and insignificant you think it might be. There are small clues. I like to think I’m quite an intuitive person but sometimes I miss all clues, whether conscious or subconscious. But when I get still, think, journal, listen to Bob Proctor or have a great conversation with a friend, I find small clues to beliefs or activities I have stayed committed to over the years. Those are clues.

Typically we are committed to:








Continuous learning

Making money

Personal growth

Living with integrity

Staying with your values

Fulfilling your dreams

A hobby

Reading through this list your intuition might tell you which ones you’re committed to in your life. You’ll feel a little extra something with some of the words. That’ll be a good indication for you if you’re not sure. Collect clues.

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Self-discipline is great and you’ll need focus but deep commitment will make you reach your goal.

Why it takes commitment to reach your goal

I think you know that self-discipline doesn’t get you very far. Most of us would lose the weight, do more exercise, eat healthy, and reach other goals if all we needed was self-discipline.

But when the chocolate gets in front of you self-discipline goes out the window. And when you get home from a busy day at work and sit down to relax, it’ll take more than self-discipline to get you off the couch.

But if you commit to something it’s for the long haul. It takes on a deeper meaning.

Ok, so maybe you didn’t practice the guitar today when you came home from work. But you are committed to learn how to play this thing, so missing a few days of practice won’t matter. You’ll make time because you are committed to learn how to play the guitar. No matter what obstacles may come in your way, you won’t give up.

Life happens

This is something I always say to my coaching clients when they feel they don’t “do enough”: life happens.

You make plans and have great intentions. But then life happens.

Just this evening, we discovered there is something wrong with our rabbit. And this is all-consuming heartbreak for my daugther so out-the-window goes my plans for writing and working on my website.

Life happens.

But I am committed to my coaching business, my writing and reaching my goals, so I adjust and keep going. But I attend to the rabbit first.

Have self-discipline, practice staying focused and do what you can to stay motivated, but if you make the decision to commit, you’ll get where you want to go.

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