Commitment – 2nd (of 7) “Super Words”

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, is a monumental granite sculpture that represents the first 150 years of the history of the United States of America with 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (left to right): George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865).

When thinking of an image that could portray our “Super Word” for this post “Commitment,” I looked at numerous pictures, but chose this one. Anyone who has read about these four men, would likely agree that commitment was one of their best virtues.

I now shift to a more modern time, and a different genre, for quotes about commitment:

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Mario Andretti (Italian born American Race driver. b.1940)

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi quotes (American Football Coach, national symbol of single-minded determination to win.1913-1970)

Webster defines “Commitment” as:
a : an agreement or pledge to do something in the future

b : something pledged

c : the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled <a commitment to a cause>

My purpose in looking at these “Super Words” is to learn how to change habits effectively. I have failed many times to make changes, even after setting goals to do so. Planning is important, and setting goals is important, but commitment is the path to action. Someone once said when eating a ham and egg breakfast, “The chicken was involved, but the pig was committed.”

As I work on my plan to change a key habit, to improve, I know it is necessary to implement the changes for at least 30 days before a new habit will replace the old one. Getting up earlier, and having a “Quiet Time” as well as more family time to start the day are important habits I want to form. Becoming committed right now to that result is, I think, the best thing I can do to reach my goal.

I’ll keep you informed of my progress (or lack thereof). Would you share your comments with me?

Next week’s post will examine “Discipline.”

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2 Responses to “Commitment – 2nd (of 7) “Super Words””

  1. beth g sanders Says:

    I’ve set – and failed – a million goals – you’re so right that determination alone won’t do it. I’ve said i’m willing to do what it takes, but when it comes down to it, I procrastinate, make excuses and just generally bail without a firm commitment.

    To that end, I spent $35 to register for the St. Jude 5K, in the hopes a small financial commitment will help me get myself in motion. Consistently!

    Best of luck with your commitment. Great post!

  2. Gary Duke Says:

    Beth,

    Thank you for your honest and open comment. You help many of us by leading and by sharing.

    BTW I also will be there for the 5K (surprise?). But I will just be walking.

    Thank you,

    Gary

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