Interested vs. Committed

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There are two types of people in this world…those who are interested and those who are committed. The crazy thing is, I’ve found myself flip between both depending on what it is about. I am pretty sure I am not alone.

We are now one month into 2017 and most likely many New Year’s Resolutions have already been broken. Probably due to lack of commitment and high level of interest. Perhaps it is trying to commit to way too many things. I am super guilty of this.

Things that I commit to, I pour my heart and soul into it. There have been very few things in my life that I have done just that…and there have been times I had to make course corrections because months/years later, these goals were no longer in line with my values. And then there are things that I cannot afford not to commit myself to as part of everyday life.

Health…

We all forsake our health in so many ways. I like using this word instead of weight, because sometimes weight doesn’t mean a thing. At my “skinniest” I was so unhealthy. Hardly any muscle mass and probably nutrient deprived. When I was physically the strongest and best shape I ever had been in my life, I was more on the heavier end of the scale. So you see, making a commitment to lose weight can be your own worst enemy. Committing to living a healthy life (both physically and mentally) on the other hand makes more sense, at least for me.

Training…

This year I plan on being interested in triathlon. Why? After four years of being committed to training and racing long-distance triathlons, I feel the need to shake things up. Will I keep up with swimming, biking, and running? Of course! Will I miss a workout from time to time?? Yep, I sure will!! But in a few months, I may have to reign in that wild hair a bit. When friends talk you into signing up for a 70.3 – you kind of have to commit to the training. Last thing I want is to “die” out there while running around the Boulder Reservoir in August. So the next time you plan on registering for an event of any type, ask yourself if you are willing to commit to the training. If not, it’s okay too. Just be honest with yourself.

Relationships…

This has been a tough one for me. In the age of online dating, people have become socially lazy (see my post on Caring vs. Curiosity). Dating online brings about serial texters and very few do’ers. Since taking a hiatus from long-distance racing, I made a decision to get back out there. Committing myself to the process, I made it very clear early on in my interactions that I was not interested in texting back and forth and needed to make concrete plans. This time around I was able to connect with several very nice gentlemen who weren’t afraid to step up to the plate and actually commit to meeting in person! How refreshing!  Spoiler alert…I found a keeper!

One last thought…

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it is convenient. When you’re committed to something you accept no excuses, only results.” – Ken Blanchard

 

 

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