What are you willing to commit to?

I am a comfort junkie. The lure of the couch (or my bed) often wins in the daily battle of what am I going to get done on any given day. I am far too quick to shy away from the hard slog. I am a terrible procrastinator – tomorrow I will feel like doing this more than today – except of course tomorrow arrives and it is no easier! I have written about that here.

So when I stumbled across this post by Seth Godin I felt a little like I had been punched in the stomach. (you can find the original link here)

‘We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you’d like everything to turn out.

The real question is, “what are you willing to push through the dip for?” What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about?

Because that’s what’s going to actually get done.’

It’s a theme I have been toying with for a few weeks, but in the ‘out there’ sense. Meaning, I have been looking for the heroes, those who are willing to stand up and fight, but failing to notice my own pathetic efforts. Failing to notice that I choose Club Duvet over anything more substantial far too often.

To be fair to myself, it has been a tough year. There has been a lot to process, to grapple with, to grieve, but still…

What am I willing to sacrifice for?

4 thoughts on “What are you willing to commit to?

  1. Mags, how you speak to me once again. I constantly stand at the intersection of comfort/convenience and reality/challenge. Pressing on is hard. For example, instead of writing this morning, I created a greeting card with one of my photos – and then I read your blog. So what? Well to my right is the basis for a paid writing assignment that is due on 1 August. *sigh*

    That’s on the surface, I really wonder about the inside, my heart and soul – what I say I will do for God and what I do not say or do.

    Thanks for this post. We walk together.

  2. Thank you for this. I will think about it. In a way, this is part of my review of the day every evening: am I pleased with myself, grateful for having followed the inspiration, or do I just draw an unhappy face with not much to show for.
    You’re still quite far from the end of your life. I’m closer, hence the fear to have missed my life… I need to think about this as well.
    Thank you again.

  3. There are so many layers to this beautiful piece. Thank you!

    Perhaps part of the key to understanding ourselves more fully and what is driving our procrastination and diversion of choice is in discerning between:
    – Our inner slob/brat (I just don’t want to do what I don’t want to do)
    – Unrealistic expectations (I see myself as outrageously successful without fully embracing and recognizing the challenging path to get there) and
    – Legitimate need for rejuvenation (our bodies need Club Duvet daily).

    We create personal suffering when our actions do not match our stated or unstated goals/desires but our goal/desires can only be achieved if they are truly within the realm of our capability. Our ‘capability’ to perform a task is limited by physical, spiritual and intellectual constraints. Sometimes, these constraints only reveal themselves through the reality of trying and failing.

    However we look at this, we need to ‘be’ with the discomfort while we wait for clarity and awareness to emerge. I walk with you too. We ‘be’ curious together. Great post!! xxx

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