The Power Of Commitment

What is the purpose of making a commitment? How does it empower you and what are the challenges along the way? In this post we'll explore the ins and outs of making commitments.

If you want to speed up progress or change in any area of life, this is the article you've been waiting for.

Let's say you would like to get better grades in school, start to exercise regularly or deepen your connection with the spiritual world. Then, it would be most effective to make a commitment.

Either do it entirely on your own, which also boosts self-confidence and trust, or go down a less challenging road that offers support from like-minded people.

Individual Commitments

So, how do you go about making a commitment? Here are three real-life examples:

The following happened over 10 years ago. I really wanted to master meditation. The reason I was so eager to get seriously into it, was because I had been depressed for many years and yearned to heal the mental and emotional pain. It should be said, that I had confidence in the healing powers of meditation.

The 3 commitments I made were to stop drinking alcohol, to become a vegetarian and not to have another girlfriend until I had found mental and emotional balance.

I never had a drinking problem but I wanted a clear focus, do away with distractions and escapism. It goes without saying, alcohol and mindfulness are not a good combination.

Becoming a vegetarian had to do with not killing other living beings and to eat healthier foods. Having said that, small amounts of meat is not unhealthy.

I had been depressed for years and thought I could find lasting happiness in sexual relationships. The truth is, as an emotionally unstable and needy individual, I was totally unfit for any relationship.

While still engaging in relationships, I hurt several women's feelings, which over time made me feel guilty. Those are the main reasons I took time out.

By making these long-term commitments with myself, I hoped I would be able to heal the depression and make major progress as a meditator. Now, more than ten years have passed. I can assure you it's been a highly transformative phase.

I've spent a lot of time in Buddhist monasteries and meditation retreat. The depression is long gone. I also find it much easier to let go and accept unpleasant experiences as they unfold.

But the greatest gift of all is the ability to be mindful throughout the day, which connects you with the essence of life and generates a soothing mental state.

Sure, I've made great sacrifices along the way and many people have questioned my life's purpose, but I've been paid back tenfold.

Group Commitments

Group commitments are very similar to individual commitments. The main difference is that you are offered encouragement and support from your fellow seekers.

The team spirit is truly motivating, not unlike a natural high. Your team members are also in a position to meet you with understanding, which is important. But keep in mind, that ultimately you're the one that has to do all the work.

Do what's right for you. If you know that you're more of a group person, opt to have the support from like-minded friends or colleagues. Further, don't aim too high or commit to anything that would be too difficult to achieve, which could turn out to be counterproductive.

Regardless whether it's an individual or group commitment, you're bound to make progress. I suggest you start out with a short-term commitment and go from there.

It does take a measure of persistence and discipline to fulfill a commitment. At the same time, it's immensely satisfying.

Finally, never be afraid of the unknown or other people's negative reactions to your endeavors. Besides, with first-hand experience, the unknown becomes known...

Best of luck!

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