Do you have a project or task that you just cannot seem to get around to? It seems that the hardest job in the world sometimes, is just starting. Just start, you may think and then, you don’t! Is it down to a lack of commitment? Perhaps! But what is the act of committing or the lack of committing down to?
Commitment looks like something that cannot be stopped or changed, altered or slowed down. The act of ‘committing’ seems a serious business and often, commitment requires either a guarantee that something will work out the way we hope or believe, or else, being prepared for it not to.
Yes, commitment can look like a big deal!
What if commitment doesn’t have to viewed as a long term contract? What if the only thing we can really commit to is this very moment? The present moment, the moment we have right now. This is actually the only sensible option and will allow for change, growth and transformation.
Realising that commitment is not a serious business, well, it takes the seriousness out of committing. You can commit, fully knowing that at a later time, what is important has changed shape, moved up or down a place and your new world view allows for fresh thinking, a renewed or even different commitment!
This is in fact how creativity works. Everything in life is creative, created and is part of creation. Everything is a construct of the principle of thought taking form in the moment and can only be created and perceived from there, from our inner world.
Thought isn’t static or stuck or a certain way. Thought changes shape, changes form and changes the way we see life, including the project we are creating, how we are creating and even whether we are creating it at all. But it doesn’t always seem that way. Life seems solid and robust and when we have made a decision, a commitment, we have to continue with that commitment don’t we?
When we begin to understand the changeable nature of life, of thought. Commitment takes on a new meaning. The act of committing is temporary, a promise in the moment. Knowing this, you become responsive rather than reactive. You can alter paths, change course, respond to what is right now and solve problems that arise without having to think in advance of every possible scenario that might arise, trying to solve it beforehand. In other words, you will have less on your mind. This gives a whole new meaning to ‘managing risk’. Managing risk is guess work. Instead, you can respond to risk if and when it arises.
Let me give you an example:
During a call last week, my client noted how many different things that I appear to do, whereas, right now, she is doing the same thing that she began when we first started to work together. Actually though, she is not. Her project is amazing and is really worthwhile. It has grown and changed shape. She has given it more substance than when she first began and she actually runs it differently, but, she has continued with the same project. She also charges more, uses more technology and leads it differently, although yes, it still heads under the same name.
When my client first committed to the project 18 months ago, it looked quite different. Did she commit to the project remaining the same? Maybe at the time it looked to her that way. What she actually committed to though, was creating the project and to it’s continual development and creation. Of course, like all of us, she has moments of overthinking, moments where her plan doesn’t seem to be in alignment with her original plan and she forgets how much she has grown. During those moments, it doesn’t look like growth at all, it looks like she hasn’t set out to do what she originally set out to do. That is true. She has done so much more!
I know that she will continue to grow and change and alter her commitments accordingly, because she has experienced for herself that she has an innate capacity to deal with any circumstance, problem, pothole, change in scenery that arises, but, only in this moment!
In other words, she commits, makes plans, imagines what might and could happen and actually creates because she has an awareness of her innate capacity to create every single new moment. She is connected to her inner resilience, her ability to respond from a place of wellbeing. This gives her what some think is a ‘superpower’; the ability to innovate
It’s the same for you too. If like many, you find yourself committing and then not following through, or you realise that you are reluctant to commit and so have great ideas that you don’t start, you’re probably misunderstanding the true essence of commitment! The commitment is actually to yourself! it’s your promise to do something, to undertake a task, a project, a job that over time, is likely to look different, be different, feel different. By not committing to allowing THAT, to allowing growth and change and transformation, you are withholding part of your self from the world and we are all missing out!
You have the ability, the capacity to innovate. It is your birthright. You have within you the power to respond rather than react and to create without worrying about risk! Furthermore, you can realise that you have dealt with risk many times in your life and regardless of how it felt at the time, or feels right now, you not only survived, you thrived. You are a born risk taker, a born innovator, commit to that!