"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed." - Martina Navratilova
This quote from Martina really highlights the sacrifice that we pay when committed.
However one of the challenges I see for people (particularly my clients) is the struggle created when we forget what we are committed to or why we are committed.
Two of the most common areas we see this in our lives are relationships and work.
In relationships, especially intimate ones often a conflict arises from ones own needs affecting the needs of the relationship.
This is where commitment is called into question, if fulfilling ones own needs seems to supersede that of the relationship. This can cause the relationship itself to be called in to question.
In working life if we are not feeling fulfilled in what we are doing or going through a challenging time we may question "why am I doing this?" and the commitment to doing the work.
These questions are excellent opportunities to rediscover motivation and core values in why we are doing what we are doing. What is important to us which can fundamentally change how we approach our relationships and work!
"I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me - spiritually and financially." - Denzel Washington
I love this quote by Denzel because he's conscious of the sacrifice he is making and why. He is able to articulate it in away that he over-stands it's worthwhile making the sacrifice and reaps the rewards.
The word that resonates for me in this type of commitment and sacrifice is Devotion.
When we are devoted it is with the awareness that "love" is the underlying motivating factor. For the relationships we have and the work we do, to be inspired and significant this awareness is absolutely vital. Especially when you are giving up your "pound of flesh!"
Here is a great story that illustrates when we Re-Member the "why" it influences the "how"and the what we "do." Do you remember?