Mobile devices. Text messages. Email. Unintentional side conversations. Web research that turns into an Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole. It’s no wonder it’s easy to get lost doing nothing (results) while doing something (activity).
It’s easier than ever to live walking in circles day after day. We call each step progress. Yet the steps lead to nowhere.
Then we mount the excuses for why we’re not getting anywhere. Too busy. Too much to do. Too tired. Not enough time. Not enough money. The same excuses everyone who’s not getting where they want use.
I haven’t written within memory (If I chose to check when, I’d probably get lost in the rabbit hole. So I won’t check.) It’s not that I don’t have the time. It’s that I don’t carve it out. Or I get distracted.
Yes, I have a lot going on. Work, twins, marriage, writing, fitness. I might only have 15 minutes available to carve out … but if I commit to it and honor my commitment, it will happen. I might have to do it at 5am or at 11pm. It can be done if it’s a priority.
The average age of a triathlete is 38. The median salary is $126,000. Most people I know who are 38 and making $126,000 have busy schedules with kids, professional obligations, and community involvements. Yet they create time to train and compete as triathletes.
How do they do it? They commit.
Ask a busy person when you need someone to do something for you. The person who’s coordinating the charity event, going to the concert on Friday night, training for a marathon, working at a job that’s meaningful to them, bringing dinner to the couple who just had a baby, and baking brownies for their friends, etc.
What distinguishes this person from most others? They commit.
They go quickly from thinking of an idea to doing something to make it happen (committing).
It’s easy to say what we can’t do because we have too many commitments. Often, it’s not that we have too many commitments. We’re not committed to produce the things we claim we want.
Are you wandering the rabbit hole with too many commitments (or distractions)? Or are you above ground, gaining ground toward what you’re committed to?
What are committed to?