Involved or Committed?
Are you committed or just involved? These two sound the same, but they couldn’t be more misunderstood. Are you all in to what you say you want and what you say you’re going to do, or are you a “just when I feel like it” guy. Are you involved enough to help, but not committed when it gets hard? 99% of commitment is easy, but 100% is difficult.
Have you heard the analogy of the farmer’s breakfast? The farmer was having his breakfast of eggs and bacon while a chicken and pig looked on. The chicken comments that the eggs make the breakfast hearty and filling, and the chicken is glad she is involved in the breakfast. The pig nods, and then says yes you are involved, but putting that bacon on the plate, the pig was totally committed. The pig is willing to sacrifice himself in order to provide food for the farmer.
Why go through the things you care about choosing to only be involved? Be committed. Choose it, then be intentional about it. Commit and be all in. Dr. Joseph Parent, author of Zen Golf, writes, “Commitment doesn’t guarantee perfect results, but it will give you the best chance of making the shot as you imagined it.” Analyze an area of your life where you may be involved, but you would be better served (and better serve others) if you were committed. How much are you willing to sacrifice (to commit) to have the life you want? Are you eggs or bacon?
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