When you really decide it means you cut off all other options. It means you make a commitment that is unwavering to get things done. When you commit at that level, I have watched as miracles have happened. Whether it be in business, athletics, marriage, as parents, or with health issues, I believe that when you commit fully, providence begins to kick in.
William Hutchinson Murray said, “Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is but one elementary truth … that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
What are you committed to? Commitment requires more than a simple decision. It is final and absolute. Deborah Brown described the 7 Characteristics of Committed People. As you read these, assess your own level of commitment.
1. Committed People Make Commitments.
They stick with their commitments because they said they would. Words such as
maybe, should, or can’t are absent from their vocabulary.
2. Committed People Believe They Can Fulfill Their Commitments.
They can visualize the finish line and believe they will accomplish their goal. Because their beliefs are so strong, not accomplishing their goal isn’t even part of the equation.
3. Committed People Say What They Are Committed To.
They bring their dreams into reality simply by using the power of language. It’s amazing what they accomplish once they say their commitments out loud.
4. Committed People Invest In Their Commitments.
They invest their time, money, and energy into their commitments. Their commitments become so important that they rework their lives around them.
5. Committed People Are Realistic About Their Commitments.
They give themselves permission to explore different avenues and are nice to themselves along the way. Sure, there may be setbacks, but mistakes are viewed as opportunities rather than something to avoid at all costs.
6. Committed People Form A Bond With Their Commitments.
Their commitments become a part of who they are, not something they are trying to accomplish on the side. This approach makes their commitments fun and not something that they “have to” or “should” be doing.
7. Committed People Are Passionate About Their Commitments.
Their passion touches, moves and inspires others around them. This passion carries them through to the end.
I failed to credit my friend Mark Klassen for passing on Deborah Brown’s characteristics of committed people – thanks Mark!
That is a great blog Ty! I think what would help people more is knowing how to move from the cookie cutter lives where they have been molded to think and do a certain way. To be taught how to be committed and to have a dream. To many people have lost their drive along the road of life due their own circumstances.
Awesome! So very true. I love that quote to, I refer to it often “Providence moves too.” “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
A big thing about entrepreneurship is the ability to commit to things. Nothing happens over night and there will be many ups and downs along the way. If you are truly committed you will prevail on top there will be no wavering even in the toughest times.