Each week we change the words/quote/saying that we are displaying on the noticeboard in our kitchen; these are the words we try to live by individually and as a family that week. Some weeks may focus on lifting our mood, others may be about motivation or attitude to life; something that speaks to us on some level and that we can directly apply to our lives. Changing the words each week stops them from becoming just another thing you walk past without really seeing, it keeps things fresh and stops them losing their power. This series is where I share those words with you in the hope they may help you and your family too. If you a new to the series and want to learn more, you can read the first post here, or check out the Words To Live By tab in the top menu.
Last week we dreamed big, this week is all about committing yourself to achieving those dreams.
It’s all very well having dreams for the future but unless you are actually going to do something about it they will always remain just that, dreams. If you want to make those dreams a reality then you need to make the commitment to yourself that you will do whatever it takes to get there (within reason, I’m not advocating breaking any laws here).
“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but because of lack of commitment.” Vince Lombardi
Take some time to work out what steps you need to take to move yourself forward towards your ultimate dream, then break each step down even further and keep going till you have laid out your own roadmap in small incremental steps. Then make a commitment to do one thing every day (or at the very least once a week) that will get you there. Not just when the mood strikes you, but at a pre-scheduled time. Write it down in your diary or planner and stick to it.
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when its convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” Kenneth Blanchard
It doesn’t matter how much you want something, unless you take action you are never going to get it. It can be all too easy in today’s world with all the other balls we are trying to juggle to put yourself and your dreams at the back of the pile, but you owe it to yourself (and your children, who will learn by your example) to make time for you.
“Intent reveals desire; action reveals commitment.” Dr Steve Maraboli
Whether your dream is to lose weight, write a book, start a business, travel the world, pay off the mortgage, learn a new skill or anything else, if it’s worth dreaming about, it’s worth committing to.
“Theres no point being committed to a vision if you’re not equally committed to making it a reality.” Tim Fargo
Lets take writing a book as an example. Its a great dream to have but unless you actually write it’s never going to happen. Maybe you have decided to write every day but, unless you schedule that time in, something else will always crop up that is deemed more important at the time and after a while the writing will fizzle out.
If you want to pay off the mortgage sooner, you need to work out how much extra you need to pay each month and work out where that money is going to come from. Work out a budget and be committed to making sure you don’t go over it. If you need to make more money, how much and from what source?
“The level of success you achieve will be in direct proportion to the depth of your commitment.” Roy T Bennett
Whatever your dream(s) for the year ahead make a commitment to yourself today that you will put in the work to make that dream a reality. If you don’t know all the steps to get there, start by finding out. Schedule time for research and planning (but don’t take too long or you will lose momentum) and then set a date for putting those plans into action.
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.” Abraham Lincoln
Are you committed to making your dreams come true?