The Power of Commitment

Recently I had a call with my coaching client Laura who wants to start a blog but is having a hard time getting started. She has an incredible message to share. I asked her, "what is keeping you from just starting?" There was silence on the other end. Finally she said, "I don't know. I'm just scared."

"Laura, pull out your calendar.  Block out 2 hours of time this week to work on it. Mark it however you would mark a very important meeting," I told her.  She did it.  "Now, you have an important meeting.  Its 'set in stone.' Would you consider re-scheduling a meeting with Oprah?" I asked.

"No, of course not." 

"Good! Who's more important to you than you?"

Its amazing that we'll prioritize someone else or some other thing over what we want and need most for ourselves. Very few would consider flaking on a meeting with Oprah, but would do it without much thought when it comes to something that feels scary, but could move you forward personally or professionally.  It doesn't make any sense! What could be more important than the commitments you make to you? 

The word commitment comes from Middle English meaning "to bring together." It creates a bridge between the present and the future.  A commitment is a pledge to do something -- making a promise to others and yourself to bring something new into existence. Sometimes there is no getting past the fear; you just make the commitment and take action anyway.