The Power of Commitment


“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating — in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around like rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.”
― Anne Morris

Comments: In what areas of your life does your fear parade around as rational hesitation? When my daughter was little she used to press her little feet against the sides of the slide at the playground so she could carefully control her speed. We called it sliding with the brakes on. Although we cheered her on to  put her legs in the middle and enjoy the ride, sliding with the brakes on is something we all do in some area of our life. I do it here. Holding back with some sort of rationalization that maybe people won’t like it, it’s not very good, the timing is off, etc. Where in your life do you lack commitment? Are you going down the slide with the brakes on?

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2 Responses to The Power of Commitment

  1. I call the opposite of rational hesitation “being all in.”. It is the blog I aspire deeply to begin…one day, as it is the way of being in the world that I most want to practice. Right now I am merely “all in” with the rational hesitation you write of. In service of pushing the envelope towards my own “all-in-ness” and also to hopefully honor yours, I want to be bold enough to comment (even as I log most of my blogging time as a silent observer). For me – I very much like what I read here, it is always my right rime to read the ideas you post. Thanks for your courage and demonstration of one way all in can look!

    • Kathryn says:

      Your kind words are so appreciated! Just like you I began blogging as a silent observer. I think it was months before I made my first comment and then I deliberated painfully before doing so each time. I wanted to start a blog years before I did. You can do this! It is enormously rewarding in a way that can’t wholly be described. Thank you so much for your courage in commenting here. You are on the path and I suspect it won’t be long until you’re joyfully sliding down that slide (although not without MUCH work! Blogging takes loads of time as any blogger will tell you) but you will never regret doing it (only not doing it if it’s your dream).
      xox

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