Yup, you read that right. Without commitments & intentions we don’t move forward, enhance relationships, or find happiness.
I know this topic has some gender (read: male) jokes and complaints related to it, but let’s bypass that and look at the grown-up version.
The dictionary says that commitment is: the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; and intention: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions. What could be better than planning an endeavor in your life with a commitment and intention? Aside from taking action to follow through on your goal, initially defining what you are committing to is a great place to start anything in life.
A long time ago I decided to always be a happy and upbeat person and I’m glad I did. That single commitment has given me a view of the world that is constantly positive and ever-changing. You have to look for the good in life or you will see the opposite. So often, the view of life we decide to see is the one that then presents itself daily.
Commitments are in the same category as intentions (which always get a bad rap too: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”).
Intentions done right can elevate your horizons, keep your goals in sight and reinforce your energy to a commitment. Put the two together and you have a powerhouse of activation energy!
Activation energy is a phrase normally used in the nuclear world, but it also applies to humans…we need to go from the process of committing and intending to action, and that takes the activation of your energy to get started with enthusiasm.
Obviously, we all have different desires in life, but setting your sights on what you want to expend your energy on is paramount. Make good choices, decide well, understand what your commitment will demand of you before you take action. Then, make the commitment, intend to accomplish it, and go to work mapping out your course of action.
It could be as simple as starting to balance your checkbook, eating better, exercising regularly, being happier, etc. Commitment and intention are powerful tools. There are great books on both topics such as: The Commitment Engine: Making Work Worth It by John Jantsch
Make this part of your life and make it fun!
“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.”