What does Commitment mean to you?

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What does Commitment mean to you?

I Love this image. Apart from the imagination moving to what is going to happen next – a muddy landing, a splash, and someone getting the ball – it shows extraordinary inspired action in process.

Take the imagination out of it – projecting what the next moment will be – and what are you left with? Inspired action!. From this vantage point does it even matter what the end result is?

From that vantage point I see something that says a lot about how we normally relate to commitment. Something along the lines of ‘I will commit to it if I know that I am going to get the result I want’. Embedded within commitment is our attachment to a particular outcome.  One outcome from the infinity of those available, within which are an infinity of outcomes that would be just as rewarding and fulfilling if not more so... Our attachment to a particular outcome is, I assert, based in the fear that we will not get what we want. In the face of this, all of our strategies to control the outcome that we have learned over a lifetime come to the fore. There is burden and weight. It is in severe danger of not being fun anymore…

Another relationship to commitment that is not present in the foreground of this image is being resigned. ‘It has not worked, it is a lot of effort and so – well, why bother?’. I cannot say whether that is present in the other players (who are, after all, out playing Rugby in the rain and mud…). This relationship leads to inaction and complaint. ‘I cannot do it, I cannot affect the outcome.’

There is, I suggest, a third way to commitment – and there is an intention behind this being the image of a game. What if your commitment to a result was reflected in you keeping choosing inspired action towards that result – and that is it. There is nothing to control, nothing to fear you will not get – there is just saying YES again and again to acting in alignment with your commitment. All there is to choose is whether this action serves your commitment. Relieved of burden and out of resignation, there is just inspired action. You get to really play the game of your life. And also you leave space for life to contribute too…

In looking at this image I like to think that the figure doing the superman 4 feet off the ground is not thinking of the landing – he is human being in action. Exhilarated. Fully Alive. In the moment. What would it be like to live from that place? What could you accomplish from there?


About the Author:

Don is a father, engineer, entrepreneur and life coach. Passionate about connection, creating relationships that are authentic, deep and rewarding. Don is 47 and lives in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada. He has two fast growing Sons, a Dog and a fantastic view from the deck. He recently got back into the Pilot seat (literally) and also enjoys running, swimming and camping when the Pacific Northwest weather is amenable...

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