Interest vs. Commitment

“There’s a different between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you only do it when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” Kenneth Blanchard

tumblr_m6dxvovQUm1qlxk49o1_250Committing to making a change is tough, and I’m convinced that you’re only going to be successful if it’s really what you want – whether it’s losing weight, sleeping more, quitting smoking, finding a new job, learning something new – if you don’t really want it, you’re going to have an uphill battle with interest vs. commitment.

This is a big deal to me right now because for the last week, I’ve been mostly out of commission, thanks to the Martian Death Flu (more commonly known as a cold, but that doesn’t adequately describe the level of shitty I felt this past week).

Thanks to the Martian Death Flu, I was mostly confined to my couch or bed when not at work. Simple things like concentrating, moving without pain, drinking water, and breathing were suddenly proud accomplishments. And because for the first time I feel like I’ve actually crossed over from interest to commitment, it’s been frustrating to be down for the count during this time. I wanted to be sweating away my stress during kickboxing or PiYo. I wanted to be making progress in my personal trainer studies.

At any other time in my life, getting sick would’ve been the interruption that caused me to lose interest and let it all go. Naturally feeling eager to get back into my routine is a rewarding indication of my commitment to what I’ve decided to do and the goals I’ve set. It’s a great feeling.

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