You need devotion. You need commitment.
If you were to type ‘how to achieve success’ into Google, you’d gain thousands of opinions from thousands of people within minutes. However, there’s only one real way you can open the door to success, and that’s by committing to the cause. If you aren’t committed, you’ll be striving to reach something you don’t actually want and your chances of achieving success will fall to almost nothing.
Passion v Commitment – Steph Curry is passionate about basketball, and J.K. Rowling is passionate about writing. As far as enjoying yourself goes, passion is a great way to get started, but you won’t be able to push yourself to the next level if you don’t have commitment. Why? Because passion can’t pull you through those dreaded tasks that offer no fun at all.
As soon as the passion runs dry and there’s one too many hard days, this is where the majority give up hope of ever achieving their dreams. Although the passion is still there deep within, they can’t get those unpleasant tasks done to jump over the hurdle.
If you want to take the next step and ensure you can keep progressing through the hard times, commitment will always be the most important factor. If you work as a waiter/waitress in a restaurant, you might hate the job, but you can also be committed to saving enough money to go on holiday or start your own business venture. Sure, passion would allow you to do well but it wouldn’t get you through those long, hard days working long shifts and this is the main difference.
Promoted from ‘Knowledgeable’ to ‘Expert’ – In life, there are various topics we seem to take an interest in whether it’s sport, cameras, documentaries, mountains, playing an instrument, or anything else along these lines. Whenever we have this interest, we build up a foundation of knowledge required to talk about the sport, play the instrument, take high-quality photos, etc. However, there’s one factor preventing us from becoming an expert on the topic; commitment.
Without commitment, there’s no desire to continue learning and become the best of the best. When you commit, those tough days suddenly seem easier. If we use the instrument as an example, commitment will see you continue even when the fun ends and even when everything seems impossible. Over time, you’ll see real improvements, and you can become an expert on the topic. Since we know that experience is the key to improving at something, the commitment to gain experience when the tough gets going is the best way to keep progressing.
Commitment is Within Every Successful Person – Whether it’s somebody at the top of your field or any other professional at the top of their game, you’ll find commitment in every single one of them. With businessmen and women, they’re committed to becoming the strongest in their field. With sports players, they’re committed to training every day and being able to play the sport professionally. With writers, they’re committed to writing even when the tough days come around. As soon as the commitment had been made, the passion became more than just a hobby for these people and they promised themselves success.
If you want to succeed this year, take this simple first step and commit to your cause. Whether it’s your career or perhaps even a relationship, commit to reaching your goals, and you’ll have the motivation to get through the tricky days (and weeks, months, and years)!
How passionate are you about achieving your goals? Some are willing to give up, sacrifice, suffer, accept or tolerate and forego for that success. Some are willing to invest a little time and effort to get results, but won’t go beyond that, being satisfied with whatever they can achieve.
Being passionate is absolutely necessary. It is what will drive you to take the leap and set the wheels in motion. Passion is good because it brings out a sense of persistence, natural desire to stick to it and see through it. Passions give us purpose, but more than that, it makes us feel that we have purpose in our lives. Being passionate isn’t just about knowing – it’s also about feeling. That’s what makes passions so important; they make us feel that we’re on the right path in life and give us hope for a happy and exciting future! If you’re passionate, you have a clear understanding of what your purpose in life is. For this reason, you give much less importance to other things. Therefore you’re willing to risk more for the thing(s) that you find most important, that you are most passionate about. Those that are passionate are much more willing to give up things that don’t fall in their scope of passion.
So the question you have to ask yourself is: are you passionate? Passionate about a dream, goal that you’ve always wanted to achieve? Stop wasting that time investing in something else that doesn’t really matter and focus on what you’ve always wanted to do your whole entire life!
Creating a Passion for Pain
By Dayne Gingrich
The honeymoon phase ended quickly. Bills continued coming in but the income was not matching them. I felt alive focusing on creating a new life, but the reality of what it would take to make it happen instantly knocked me to the ground. With my first child on the way, I begin feeling a pressure to provide for her unlike any I had ever felt in the past. It often led to sleepless nights, quietly wondering how I was going to fulfill the promise I made to myself months ago. I fought and scraped my way to building a small clientele but kept wondering why it was taking so long. As the frustration became too much to handle, I made a phone call that would forever change my life, and consequently, the lives of every student I would work with from that point on. I dialed my new mentor – a 41-year-old man who was a high school dropout, homeless at 16, and was told he’d never amount to anything. At the time we talked he had completed a Masters in education and was finishing his PhD. He had found a way to persevere and I wanted to know what was inside him that made it possible.
His advice blew my mind! He said having a passion for what I did and working hard every day towards my goal wasn’t enough; I needed to create a passion for the pain and struggle that was attached to the journey. ‘What?’ I thought. ‘Love the pain?’ I was always taught that struggle would be a part of the process but having a passion for it was never included in the equation. He taught me that the difference between the person who attains greatness and the one who only dreams of it is the willingness to endure the most pain. He then went a step further and asked me to invite struggle into my life. This, he said, would ensure I’d never again fear the challenging times that would be waiting for me. Moreover, I’d make them a part of my eventual success story.
I was never the same after this life-altering phone call; my mindset was forever changed. From that point forward, as a personal challenge, I’d ask for pain to enter my days while focusing on how strong I could become. Instead of complaining about the difficulty of my chosen career change, I welcomed it. This immediately empowered me and gave me confidence I never knew I had. Shortly after I made this mindset switch, my business became what I had once imagined, my marriage improved and my relationship with my young daughter soared to another level. My story isn’t about success, but rather about the journey to a more fulfilling life, redefining the rules of achievement and the mindset that’s attached. We all have the ability to create the picture we desire, but struggle along the way is not only inevitable, it’s mandatory. Embrace the painful moments, knowing they’re temporary and ultimately teaching you how to turn your dreams into a reality.
The Power of PASSION PART 1
Strong and barely controllable emotion
I have grown to understand the importance of passion as it relates to health and fitness. When someone asks me why I live the way I live the answer is; I have a deep passion or strong barely controllable desire to continually grow, not just in muscle size lol, and challenge myself. Life would not be fun without it.
When trying to embrace health and fitness, passion is not needed immediately but it must to be acquired to consistently live that lifestyle.
One must identify with the driver behind why you want to live a healthier lifestyle, asking yourself, “What is it that I AM TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH. That goal has to be measurable or there is no way to determine your progress. Once one identifies why they want to embrace health and fitness and what they are looking to get out of it, the kindle of passion begins to spark. You work towards these goals and begin to accomplish little wins like:
-Loose 5 pounds
-Don’t smoke for a week
-Don’t eat junk food for 2 weeks
-Only have a few drinks at the party
Passion for those feelings, for those little wins is what is going to keep you going when you come up to that 2-month (“oh everyone quits here”) mark. Or when you are 23 weeks deep into a diet, with 7 weeks left before a physique show and inevitably start feeling worn down and tired. That deeply seeded passion to become better, to strive for excellence, to be the best you can be is the power that is going to enable you to reach places even you didn’t think you could accomplish.
With passion people wont accept social or personally placed limitations, they won’t bow down to challenges, they wont give up, they wont stop dreaming, they wont accept their current situation. Passion is critical to advancement in any area.
The beautiful thing about health and fitness is that your results and your accomplishments are tangible.
“I LOST 20 POUNDS, LOOK!!!”
“CHECK MY PICTURES OUT FROM MY LAST BODYBUILDING SHOW, BEST CONDITIONING I HAVE EVER BROUGHT”
“LOOK AT ME RUN 10 MILES AND I AM 75 YEARS OLD”
They just can’t seem to translate what helps them do really well in one area into another. The passion they acquire for health and fitness becomes that much easier to translate into other parts of one’s life because of its tangibility.
It begins with the same formula. Understanding the why and the what.
TO BE CONTINUED
Chris Spadafora of Weliveyounganddreambig