When I was a member of the National Speakers Bureau in Colorado, an elderly gentleman named Charley ‘Tremendous’ Jones was flown in from the East Coast to be our featured speaker. He talked about always having something of value and benefit to give the audience and then launched into a speech about Commitment.
He spoke about Commitment in marriage, work, play, relationships, and life. What I remember from that speech however, was his use of the word Commitment repeatedly. The examples he used seemed inconsequential. He hammered home the concept by using the word Commitment over and over again. He was committed to Commitment.
The more he spoke about Commitment the more he used the word Commitment. The more he used the word Commitment, the more inspired he became. His passion for Commitment was captivating. At the end of the speech he was exhausted and I was committed to Commitment. Commitment to what? Whatever you want. The message was crystal clear. To accomplish anything worthwhile you have to be Committed to it.
I’ve never forgotten that Elder Sages advice. As I’ve pondered his message and the Goethe quote, I’ve noted how many times I’ve tried something just to see if it was a fit. It didn’t take long to discern my commitment or lack of it. Without commitment, a solid and deep connection with the person, place, situation, or thing I was engaging, my attention waned and I was willing to give it up. This continues to be a learning process.
We can experiment with life, fail, succeed, try, make fools of ourselves, doubt, believe, and risk but without the inner resolve and willingness to leap into something without a safety net, providence will not move toward us. The inner commitment to bring the task to fulfillment is crucial to the success of the project. Commitment is powerful.
Take a look at you own life of accomplishment and see where commitment came in and how it kept you connected even when you didn’t want to be. Notice also where you let go of a person, place, situation, or thing because you lost your resolve to the original commitment. When the going got tough you got going further into the heart of the situation or out the door. Do you remember these decisions? What happened? Why?
Hesitancy, drawing back, and ineffectiveness are questions of character, resolve, and commitment to yourself and others. The risk is to lose the opportunity to do something you love out of fear, insecurity, and programming. To do this is to die a slow death. Let’s risk becoming who we really are by committing to our highest calling, our truest Self, our greatest potential and watch providence assist us with countless helping hands. Let’s open to the benevolent supportive Universe and thrive, become fully alive!