Updated: May 14
Commitment is a powerful force that can transform every aspect of your life. Whether you're pursuing personal goals, building relationships, or striving for success in your career, commitment can help you stay focused, motivated, and resilient in the face of challenges and setbacks.
When a student starts lessons at Karate Works we emphasize the importance of commitment when studying the martial arts. I've categorized the different areas in a persons' life, starting with family, organizations, work, friends, and sports. The order in which you place these areas are not important. What is important, is not merely being involved but being committed to these areas.
There is an old fable about a chicken and the pig that goes like this:
"A Chicken and a Pig lived on a farm. The farmer was very good to them and they both wanted to do something good for him.
One day the chicken approached the pig and said, “I have a great idea for something we can do for the farmer! Would you like to help?”
The pig, quite intrigued by this, said, “of course! What is it that you propose?”
The chicken knew how much the farmer enjoyed a good healthy breakfast. He also knew how little time the farmer had to make a good breakfast. “I think the farmer would be very happy if we made him breakfast.”
The pig thought about this. While not as close to the farmer, he too knew of the farmer’s love for a good breakfast. “I’d be happy to help you make breakfast for the farmer! What do you suggest we make?”
The chicken, understanding that he had little else to offer suggested, “I could provide some eggs.”
The pig knew the farmer might want more, “That’s a fine start. What else should we make?”
The chicken looked around…scratched his head…then said, “ham? The farmer loves ham and eggs!”
The pig, very mindful of what this implied, said, “that’s fine, but while you’re making a contribution I’m making a real commitment!”
Here are just a few ways that commitment can help you unlock your full potential in life:
1. Commitment fuels motivation
One of the primary benefits of commitment is that it provides a constant source of motivation. When you're fully committed to a goal or a task, you're more likely to stay focused on the big picture and remain dedicated to putting in the hard work required to achieve it. This level of motivation can be especially helpful when you're facing difficult challenges or feeling discouraged.
2. Commitment builds resilience
Life is full of ups and downs, and setbacks are an inevitable part of the journey. However, when you're committed to something, you're more likely to bounce back from setbacks and keep pushing forward. Commitment helps you develop the resilience you need to overcome obstacles and stay focused on your long-term goals.
3. Commitment fosters a growth mindset
When you're committed to personal growth and development, you're more likely to adopt a growth mindset. This means that you view setbacks or failures as opportunities to learn and grow, rather than evidence of your limitations. This mindset helps you stay curious, open-minded, and willing to take risks - all of which are essential qualities for anyone who wants to reach their full potential.
4. Commitment creates a sense of purpose
When you're deeply committed to something, whether it's a personal goal, a cause, or a relationship, it gives your life a sense of purpose and direction. You have a clear goal that you're working towards, and every action you take is aligned with that goal. This sense of purpose can be incredibly motivating and energizing, helping you stay focused and driven even when things get tough.
5. Commitment fosters a sense of community
Finally, commitment can help you build a sense of community with others who share your passions and values. When you're committed to something, you're more likely to seek out opportunities to connect with like-minded people, whether that's through shared activities, social events, or online communities. This sense of community can provide a valuable source of support, inspiration, and motivation as you work towards your goals.
P.S. Committing to the Wrong Ideas!
Keep in mind, are you committed to groups or ideas that you have no reason to commit too? My friend use to watch all the different news organizations and was very up on the current events, politics, etc... One day he realized that watching some of these programs made him upset or concerned. He then realized he was spending more time and more time on these news organizations than what he really needed too. Slowly he cut it completely out of his life and focused that energy in other areas of his life he deemed more important!
P.S.S. Increase Your Commitment!
It is said that Commit and Heart are used in conjunction with one another often. That is why it is often said, "put your heart into it". Meaning to commit more of oneself. In life we have all these areas that we have regular commitments too but every now and then we say things like, "I need to focus on this project more" or "my family really needs my attention this week" or "we are in the playoffs now and my commitment to this team has just doubled up". So it's possible to increase commitments in already established areas of your life or find a renewed commitment to something or someone you've been neglecting. Stay aware of who/what you commit too and how much your committed! For more information on commitment and karate visit us at www.KarateWorks.net