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June 25, 2021

It’s Not Enough to Have a Plan – You Have to Have Commitment, Too

Anyone can make a plan to do anything. You may plan to get up early in the morning and work out at the gym, but without commitment, you’ll never get out of bed in time. You can also have a life plan and never get past stage one of the plan without commitment.

A good plan only works if you work on it. There are many things that could interfere with making a commitment to carry out the plan – psychological barriers can keep you from taking action or you may have bitten off more than you can chew and become overwhelmed.

Barriers can keep you from carrying out your plan for success if you let them. Ensuring that a barrier to your plan doesn’t get the best of you, you need to first anticipate the obstacles and know how you’re going to deal with them.

At some point in any plan, you may fear failure or doubt yourself. Then, you may fail to take action – and subsequently fail to reach your goals. Learning how to look at failures as learning experiences helps you keep going when some type of failure occurs.

There are certain patterns of commitment. You may make a commitment, then break it and then give up or you might pull yourself back up by the bootstraps, learn from the knowledge you gained and make a new commitment – stronger and more self-assured.

Those who are successful in keeping commitments know exactly why they set a goal in the first place and they’ve identified certain actions necessary to reach the goal. They’re also sure about what they’re willing to sacrifice to reach the goal.

Success at achieving goals depends on how you will react to the psychological obstacles that are sure to arise. Other types of obstacles – such as financial and personal – may also get in the way of reaching your goals.

Know that these setbacks will happen and be prepared to deal with them. Without a true commitment, it’s easy to give up and just let it go. You’ll have to pull your determination from deep within sometimes to get back on track and continue to work on your goals.

One way you can solidify your commitment to a goal is to keep a positive vision in front of you about how life will be when the goal is reached – how you will feel and how your life will change for the better.

But don’t just think about the positive. What will happen if you don’t reach your goals? Putting a contrasting situation in the mix will help you make more of a solid commitment to seeing it through to the end.

Expect success and don’t settle for less. When you expect to reach your goals you’ll plan ahead to make sure you’re ready to meet any obstacle that may threaten to push you off track.

Eric Cooper
Post Contributor

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