Do you like to keep your options open? Coach Josh talks about commitment and what it ACTUALLY costs you.


What does it mean to be committed?

This is Coach Josh at Training for Warriors Portland.

I want to talk to you a little about the word COMMITMENT. According to a little book I read (ahem, THE DICTIONARY)... this is the definition.

Commitment. NOUN.

1. The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

2. An engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.

Some examples:

  • “I’m already committed, I cannot do that.”
  • “I’m committed elsewhere.”
  • ”My resources are already spent.”
  • “I have an obligation to somebody else.” 

I think those are pretty illustrative of what commitment entails and how important commitment is to your success. 

On the other hand, I’ve heard a lot of folks (maybe you are one of them) say stuff like:

  • I like to have my flexibility
  • I like to keep my options open
  • I don’t want to be restricted
  • I like to play it by ear

Sounds great on the surface, right? More options! What’s not to like? 

You might remember a recent TED talk about the negative effects of having too many choices and how hard it is to make a satisfactory decision.

When you have a Plan B or Plan C, what you are really saying is that it is more important for you to have many choices rather than have the most important thing in your life. That important thing could be your health, close relationships, your family, finances, etc... 

If a thing is important, then it’s important enough to be committed to. A part of commitment is eliminating choices. It takes away some freedom that you might have had otherwise. This is critical to your success! 

Let’s use your health as an example.

When you start down the path of wellness, you start exercising, training, watching what you eat, being mindful about your sleep… and there are ALL sorts of opportunities to get off the path.

In fact, it’s going to be uncomfortable doing all of those things.

If your health is number one, then you might not need to work 16 hour days. Instead, you might protect your time, sleep, or self-care in a way that elevates your health. Eliminate some options that weren’t serving you in the past and ironically, you’ll be able to do a better job at work. When you are in good health, you will be more present, you’re a better friend, better parent, etc... All these things happen when you invest in your health! So really think about what it really costs you to keep your options open.

There’s friction that occurs when you take on something new. But if you’re committed, then you have it in your mind: there is no other option but to be in shape. Looking for the back door will not even occur to you.

Instead, you’ll be looking towards the future. THAT'S the value of commitment.

It turns on your creative juices. It frees up more resources. In fact, once you are committed, people in your environment will be more committed to helping you, because there’s nothing that feels better than to help someone else get what they really want. 

You’ll get tips and tricks, people will go out of their way to give you ideas and help you problem solve your way to your true objective. All it costs you is some of those options that you put on the back burner. Those options don't look so important anymore, do they?

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