Does Commitment Set You Free?Anna Newell Jones
“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating — in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around like rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.” • Anne Morris
One of the absolute strangest things I’ve found in my process through, and ultimately out of debt, is that by making a commitment to get out of debt and by adding restrictions to my spending it has been completely liberating and not horribly constricting like I expected.
Who would’ve guessed that by limiting myself, by telling myself “No”, that a weight would be lifted, that I would finally feel free? Well, that’s exactly what happened!
How to Commit to Anything and Ultimately, Change Your Life…
- Imagine. What could life look like if you follow through on your goal?
- Think. What will look like if you don’t follow through with your goal and continue to live as you have been.
- Compare. Differentiate what life looks like if you follow-through vs. what life looks like if you don’t. Make a Pros and Cons list if it will help. See the situation as clearly as possible.
- Act. Once you are clear about why you should make the decision to change, make the commitment to the change. Believe in it with all of your being and remove obstacles that stand in the way of reaching your goal.
Have you ever had this experience? Has making a commitment ever made you feel free instead of restricted?