Interested or Committed

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible” St. Francis of Assisi

Why do some people keep pushing despite adversity while others give up? The answer can be found in their reasoning: are they doing it because they are interested or because they are committed? Knowing the motivation behind any given endeavor is a great predictor of whether or not it will eventually get completed.

Someone who is merely interested will do what is convenient and easy, but will lose interest at the first sign of adversity. Interest-minded people start a lot of things, but rarely complete them. They are constantly in a cycle; as soon as something is no longer interesting, it’s kicked to the side until the next interesting thing comes along. It’s a shame because interested people have just enough fire in their bellies to start projects, but not enough to see them through to completion.

On the other hand, someone who is committed will do everything humanly possible to see their work come to life, even against all odds. Commitment-minded people might start fewer projects than interest-minded people, but they have a higher completion rate.

Is it possible to go from being merely interested in a project to being committed? The answer is yes! Just ask yourself, what would bring life to this project? Is it getting new people involved? Is it exploring new opportunities that were not previously thought about? Other factors that might help spur the change are: naming the project, giving the project a deadline, or even taking a step back to gain some perspective on the task. Whatever works for you, use it to your advantage to see your projects through to the end.

Thank you,

Rogelio H. Charles