Commit Yourself to Something
“The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.” ~ Mack R Douglas
There’s been something that’s been on my mind lately. Often in my free time I like to sit down and watch youtube videos. Occasionally, I’ll check out the channel Markiplier. Even though it’s a gaming channel and he curses like a sailor, there’s something that I really like about Mark. He’s sincere and almost always grateful for the success he’s been given.
Anyways, recently he created a charity drive in order to raise money for cancer research by selling a bunch of ridiculous calendars about himself. He recorded a couple videos about it, and in the last one he talked about how his life has changed over the last six years and what made those changes possible.
He committed to something.
He committed his whole heart and soul to something and it made all the difference in the world. It meant that he got up and went to work. He did the mundane things in order to make his dreams a reality. He showed up. He worked. And it’s brought him a huge amount of success.
So it got me thinking.
What does it mean to commit?
One definition is to obligate or pledge oneself . It’s to give your all for something and see it through to the bitter end.
Why was Thomas Edison able to create the light bulb? He didn’t stop after failing once or twice. How did Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan find success? What separates the highly successful from the ordinary?
Is it brains? Is it brawn? No. Looking at Arnold Schwarzenegger, he knew how to commit himself 100%. It was how he became a top body builder, actor, and governor.
I don’t think it takes a genius amount of intelligence in order to achieve the things that we want. It just takes the desire and willingness to commit.
There are so many people (myself included) who will start something, but never finish. The beginning is always exciting and fun. There’s a thrill that comes from starting something new, but that excitement eventually wears off.
When a person commits themselves to finishing a goal, they’re willing to go through the challenges, come what may. They push themselves. They keep their eyes on the prize.
Even when it’s hard.
Especially when it’s hard.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be like that. I want to show up. I want to commit.
It doesn’t take much. One simple decision. One choice that you hold onto no matter what.
It takes the thought: I will finish this. No matter what.