You ever tell yourself you’re going to do something and at first you do it, you’re consistent, you’re winning!
But then you miss a day…
And then a day turns into weeks…
And the next thing you know you don’t even remember what the gym looks like anymore.
Bye, bye beach body.
Well it was a little like that. Not my commitment to go to the gym; that’s a completely different story for another time.
See, I was being stalked. I was being stalked by my commitment.
Everywhere I looked it seemed like this one word was stalking me.
I made a commitment to write every single day. I didn’t need a reminder because it was something I was passionate about because I knew it was a part of my purpose.
But then one day, I missed a day and I didn’t write! When I realized that I had missed a day of writing I was so surprised!
Did this mean I was losing passion for writing?
Since I was no longer excited should I just go ahead and quit while I’m ahead? Save my future readers the agony of starting something but never finishing it?!??
Was this the beginning of the end?
Not at all.
Purpose isn’t fulfilled solely through passion but through commitment.
Let’s be honest…
Some days you’re not going to feel like it. Your passion levels will be at a cool below zero temperature. But when your purpose is fueled by commitment, even when you don’t feel like it, it will come find you!
My commitment stalked me and was like “Hey! Remember me! Yeah I’m not going anywhere. We kinda have to do this. It’s a part of you and purpose is waiting.”
My commitment stalked me because it wasn’t just something I set out to do; it was a part of my purpose and something I was designed to do!
I love listening to Right to Real Love podcast and it’s creator Jay Mayo gave a distinction once about purpose. He said that ambition is self-driven and purpose is people-driven. Me going to the gym and wanting an 8-pack is alllll about self because I just want to look good! Period. Nothing super spiritual about it. But my purpose on the other hand is people-driven. It’s all about what these writings and my experiences will do to help other people!
A lot of times we make commitments to do things that are not purposeful for our lives and in trying to keep up with the commitment we made we become frustrated, discouraged and quite frankly uninterested in accomplishing what we set out to do.
Are the things you’ve committed to purposeFULL? Or are they just things you decided at a whim you should do for you?
My mentor is a woman who does nothing that is not purposeful. Like seriously, even if she watches Martin for an hour, it’s a part of her purpose for that day because she was purposed to give herself a mental break and get a few laughs in.
Each hour of her day is accounted for because she’s focused on being purposeful and committed to what she’s been created to do.
Make a conscious decision to order your life and time to match your purpose.
Let’s evaluate our commitments. We may find that a lot of the commitments we’ve made have absolutely nothing to do with what we’re purposed for.
Commit to fulfilling your purpose daily, so that even on days where you may forget to complete your Purposed To-Do List™ you’ll be reminded by your friendly commitment stalker that no restraining order in the world will be able to keep away.
I’d love to hear from you! Are you committed to your purpose and goals? What challenges do you find in keeping your commitments?
Please comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.