THE MISUNDERSTANDING OF "COMMITMENT"



Do you remember that time where you wanted to accomplish something so bad that you inadvertently expelled any doubts from your mind, and you simply knew you were going to accomplish it? The work required to get there felt like a breeze because you knew it was the way to accomplish your goal. Never once the work felt like a chore.


Healthy commitment interweaves with your life and it doesn't obtrude with the enjoyment of your life. Often people will worry that if they put that kind of focus required to spark their careers or to make their dreams come true, they would have to borrow from other obligations—to their families, communities or their companies.


To help you see the difference between what traditionally passes for commitment—or what I call "unhealthy commitment"—and real, sustainable, performance-enhancing "healthy commitment", I will list examples of healthy commitment, unhealthy commitment, and lack of commitment.



HEALTHY COMMITMENT


Being Passionate

Striving for Excellence

Earning it

Finding a Way to Win

Loving the Extra Mile

Chasing a Dream

Doing it for Yourself

Focusing on Successes

Feeling Dedication

Being Intense

Being Optimistic

Playing

Going for It

Expressing Freedom


The Stuff of Dreams; Doesn't Feel Like Work




UNHEALTHY COMMITMENT


Having a Spartan Ideal

Striving For Perfection

Sacrificing

Paying the Price

Forcing the Extra Mile

Always Focusing on Mistakes

Delaying Gratification

Always Working

Neurotic, OCD

Logging in the Hours

Being Pessimistic

Covering Your Bases

Preventing Failure

Taking Responsibility


Can Work, But Isn't Fulfilling







LACK OF COMMITMENT

Being an Occasional Player

Being Victim to Obstacle

Making Things Easy

Giving in to Frustration

Lacking Inner Desire

Going Through the Motions

Doing Just The Big Things

Being Lazy

Not Really Wanting It

Not Sustaining It Daily

Thinking Negatively

Making Excuses

Blaming Others


You'll Be at the Whim of Circumstance


What I want you to come to grips with, is the difference between going all out because you think hard work is one of the Ten Commandments, or because you think it is what your shareholders expect and reward, and going all out because it thrills you. High Performers truly cannot get enough of what they do.


As Mozart famously said as he was dying at age thirty-five, "I am finished before I have to even begun to enjoy my talent"



In good health,


Efren G. Rodriguez

Fortza Fit

High Performance Personal Training.







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