The Four Commitments
“The process of [personal evolution] is limited only by our imagination.” Joe Dispenza – Evolving Your Brain
Commitment: the act of binding yourself (intellectually, emotionally, spiritually) to a course of action.
Commitment is a dirty word to many of us. It means giving up lazy and doing some work. So, we fight the urge. We eat the fries, we smoke the cigs, we sleep in when we have an interview. What we need is an easy way, or at least a simple way, to get ourselves motivated.
Motivated? That's another dirty word! We'll use stimulated instead.
The following four commitments are gentle but don’t let the softness fool you. These commitments can change the direction of your life. But do you want that? As Joe Dispenza also says in his book, “To change is to break the habit of being yourself.” Many want to move forward while their feet are glued to the floor. If you are NOT among that number, then these commitments will help you move toward whatever it is you want to accomplish on every level:
1. Let go of the past. We all have memories we want to keep, of course, but most of us do not live in those memories. Letting go of the past means committing to forward movement, taking the best from what you have learned and experienced, using all that make this present moment and the next the most interesting they can be.
2. Tell the truth. Acknowledge what is, ensure that your perspective aligns with your highest values, embrace the incredible complexity of life, recognize that what you believe today may change tomorrow. Your future self may have different tastes and ideas.
3. Be supportive and helpful. Give of yourself without cynicism or negativity.
4. Pick something to improve yourself. Focus on growing rather than on judging, complaining, and whining. Yes, I know you have troubles. Don't we all!
It’s simple to become and maintain your best self. Not necessarily easy, but simple. Here’s a bonus: Be authentic, find a purpose, develop compassion, seek wisdom. It all takes courage. You already have it. But then, you knew that, right??? As Nike says, just do it. In the doing comes the reward.
Of course, lazy is still an option. So are its consequences.
“The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help.” Napoleon Hill