[Note: This is the 2nd in  a 12-week series of posts that will discuss “choices” from the book Monday Morning Choices by David Cottrell.]

“When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one, and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.” – Anonymous

New Year’s Resolutions are ridiculous. There I said it. I understand I’ve probably offended a good number of people who chronically set these goals each year and then, in most cases, reset them again exactly one year later.  Now, I’m not saying these people are ridiculous, just the goal setting mechanism of resolutions.  If you want to change, get something done, make a difference, you have to be more than just interested in getting it done – you need to be committed.

Commitment is not set by a turn of a calendar page. It created by passion and drive and set in the heart and mind. I, like all of you, have been interested in many goals. When I was younger I was interested in becoming a magician, and a pilot, and an inventor, etc.  As an adult I am interested in getting in shape, losing weight, learning a language, etc.

But, I am committed to being a caring father and loving husband. I am committed to keeping myself educated and my mind sharp.  The difference between commitment and interest is that when we are committed to something we believe it is important enough that we are willing to stay the course.

David Cottrell shares some of the attributes of passionately committed people:

  • They do what they say they’ll do because they have made the commitment to do it.
  • They believe strongly they can achieve a goal that they can envision themselves crossing the finish line.
  • They write and verbalize their commitments.
  • They’re realistic.
  • People who choose commitment invest in achieving their goals.
  • Committed people don’t beat themselves up for falling short.
  • People who choose to commit always plan their lives around what it takes to achieve a goal.
  • Most committed people don’t understand the term “fail.”
  • People who commit themselves to a goal have an impact on the lives of those around them.

This Monday Morning  look around you, check your goals, evaluate your “commitments”.  We can’t be passionately committed about everything. Choose what you are passionately committed about and compare that passion against Cottrell’s list above.