2014 has arrived! If you’re like most people you’d probably like this year to be better than the previous year. Not that 2013 was a bad year. On the contrary, 2013 may have been a very good year. It was for me. Most people I know, however, would like to get better or improve this year from where they were the previous year. I usually don’t meet people that say, “I want to gain 30lbs in 12 months” or “I really need to take on more debt and neglect my most important relationships this year.” We usually envision a new year where we make improvements in our lives and get better from where we currently are, no matter where that is. I think that’ a healthy thing to do, as it provides direction and focus for the next 12 months.
The important question is, “What do I need in order to achieve the goals and dreams I’ve laid out for myself this year?” Hoping they come about is not enough. Hope, by itself, is a bad plan because it requires nothing on our part. By itself, hope is a “wait-and-see” event that usually has disappointing results. What is needed to reach the goals we’ve set for ourselves in the New Year is commitment.
Commitment is the price that is paid to achieve the goals we’ve set. It’s what we’re willing to start doing, or stop doing, to cause something to happen that will move us closer to the achievement of our goals. Commitment is the willingness to say, “Yes” to the events, habits, and behaviors that will cause us to be successful and “No” to the ones that won’t.
Here’s the cool thing about commitment…we get to choose it. We don’t need “commitment approval” from anyone, but rather we get to choose for ourselves whether or not we are going to commit to paying the price required to reach our goals. That’s encouraging and empowering to me. If we know what we want, we need only commit to paying the price required. The other side of the commitment coin is that we can also decide that either the price is too high or we really aren’t committed to paying the price required. Either way, the choice is ours.
So what goal or dream do you have that requires commitment? Do you know the price that needs to be paid to attain it? Have you committed to paying the price with actions rather than just words? (That last question is where real movement occurs. Answer “Yes” to that one, and you’ll soon realize significant progress.) Once your goal or dream has been identified, commit to it with decisive action and then be on the lookout for the positive results that will surely follow.