February 16, 2011

The Intensity of Your Commitment

Day 47: 18.5 miles/1:09

“It’s not the size or scope of the goal that defines success or failure, it is the intensity of the commitment that determines it.”

It is not the size, scope, enormity or toughness of the goal that is the reason people fail to accomplish them; it is the loss of direction relating to those goals that is the source of failure.   A passionate, unrelenting commitment to accomplishing something can and will be achieved.  It depends on how committed and focused you are.  This saying is designed to remind each of us that we must make a focused, daily commitment to working toward our goals.  When we do, we move closer to it.  When we don’t, we don’t.

This is a very important concept.  Many struggle with it.  There is the influence of others, there are obstacles, there are distractions, there is the “what-if-I-fail” fear and there are the “I-have-never-accomplished-anything-like-this-before” concerns.  All play a game in your head.  They really are not valid concerns as it relates to your quest.  For those are merely distractions to the task at hand—your focus, your goal, your commitment. The most important aspect of your commitment and your goal is how focused you are on the goal.  If you are engaged on a regular, daily basis on taking steps toward your goal and you take those steps until you reach your goal, nothing can interrupt you or stop you from getting there.  It is only when you stop moving toward your goal will you struggle with reaching it.

Every day focus on your efforts, your actions, your activities and your accomplishments.  Make certain that they are all the necessary to taking you closer to your goal.  If they are, you will always be moving closer to your goals.  If not, make the necessary course corrections to make certain they are.  Never lose focus of the goal and never stop moving toward it.  This action alone will keep you on the path you need to be on to help you get there.

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About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.