When you’re committed to something or someone, it shows: well, at least it’s supposed to anyway! Sometimes, even though our hearts are in the right place, the day-to-day grind of life and the numerous distractions present in our society can take our emotional and mental focus away from the people and things we truly love. If you have concerns about your ability to commit to the people you love and respect, I’ve got some simple and effective solutions for you.
People Come First
Some of the first types of commitments people think of are commitments we make to other people, like parenthood or marriage. These are obviously the most important commitments we make, however they are often the first to be ignored when the pressures of work come calling. The most important thing is to remember that the people you love should always come before your career. If you gain all the success you could possibly dream of at the expense of your family and friends, what have you really gained?
Think Hard Before You Commit
Before you truly commit to anything, you need to think long and hard about whether or not you’ll be able to fulfill your obligations to it. Sometimes, people pride themselves on being able to spread themselves thin and take on multiple responsibilities. However, everyone has a limit to the amount of attention and time they can give. Nobody wants to let anyone down, and even if your intention was to give 100% to a cause or goal, if you’re exhausting yourself with multiple responsibilities you will end up doing exactly that. If you’re the type of person who prides themselves on being an “overachiever”, carefully monitor yourself to ensure you don’t end up doing this.
Missing Something? Don’t Forget to Give Back
If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and are looking for new positive commitments, why not try volunteering? The best thing about volunteering is that no matter what your interests are, there is a volunteering opportunity for you. Donate your time to an animal shelter, or perform outreach to the elderly with your church family. There are so many people in need that the possibilities are literally endless.
I’m Jessica Cox, and sticking to our commitments in our busy lives is a continual challenge. However, I can give you practical tools that you can use to overcome any difficulty or complication that you may face. If you’re interested in having me come share my story to your meeting, convention, or religious gathering, please contact me.