A study was done on the dynamics of performance in 1993. Two groups were separated into:
Group ONE: Solo pianists playing solo in orchestras in front of hundreds of people.
Group TWO: Pianists teaching other people to play.
Results: The solo pianists practiced for longer (10,000hrs vs. 2000hrs over a 10 year period) and devoted their attention to improving areas of deficit or weakness until they could master them.
For me, that is all about COMMITMENT. Commitment changes EVERYTHING! The pianists who placed a ceiling on their performance had that show up in their life. They limited their success, their performance, their results.
I was meditating on the following words from Eat Pray Love recently and thinking what commitment means to me. Where does it show up in my life, and more importantly, do I show up?
I’m sure you can relate. Too often we blame others or external circumstances on how we are feeling and what results we are getting in our lives. How truly committed are we to excellence, to achieving the goals we have made?
How real have we got with our priorities?
In Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert writes the following:
“…I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” – a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself….then truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe.”
I challenge myself to make committed decisions, to act with commitment whether it is in relationships, finances, work, family or personal spiritual goals. No more half-measures. I challenge you, readers to do the same. Make committed decisions, act with commitment, be committed to grow, to be a better man / woman/ daughter/ son/ sister/ brother/ father/ mother/ friend/ etc.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no person could have dreamed would have come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!” ~ Goethe.
“When Love and Power unite Almighty Grace endows Mankind.” ~ Schuler.
With COMMITMENT, Providence steps in. How will you allow your decisions to define you? What will you do differently when you decide to commit all your resources to your decisions? How will your life change accordingly?
Think of an area of your life that hasn’t been showing the RESULTS you wish for. Examine your beliefs, habits, actions and feelings about this area. Are there any situations where you have demonstrated commitment and not got the results you were seeking? Now how can you empower yourself to do better? Examine why you haven’t fully committed. Be honest here…brainstorm the reasons. Write everything down that comes into your mind, without editing.
Now time for a change.
Reread and analyse your thoughts.
How will you do it differently from now on? What will you COMMIT to changing in future…
Now is the time to COMMIT.
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David G. Arenson ND, Australia’s Leading Soul-Coach – Spiritual Teacher and Energy Healer
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