Oct 302011

Interested or Committed?

Are You Interested Or Are You Committed?

I was involved in a training last week where Trusted Authority Formula (TAF) guru Greg Habstritt brought in several luminaries to speak, as part of the run-up to his latest launch of TAF.  One of the speakers was John Assaraf from The Secret.  He asked the question, “Are you interested or are you committed”?  This question really resonated with me!  The more I thought about it, the more I began to believe that the answer to this question is at the core of most success and failure.

In the age of “short attention span theater” and “shiny object syndrome,” there is an epidemic of interest and a critical shortage of commitment!  I see it everywhere I look.  Parents who teach their kids to be interested in ten sports, but committed to none.  Entrepreneurs interested in starting five businesses, but truly committed to none.  Politicians interested in helping their country be more competitive in several different economic areas, but committed to none.  The list goes on and on.

Are you interested, or are you committed?

How do you know the difference?  Why does it matter?  I’ll touch on a few differences here, but I intend to look at this in much more detail and communicate with you about it much more.  In fact, I’m committed to do so!

Here are seven of the key differences between being interested and being committed.

1.)   If you are interested, you show up sometimes.  If you are committed, you show up all the time.

2.)   If you are interested, when things get tough, you give up and move on to your next “interest”.  If you are committed, no matter how tough things get, you find a way over, under, around or through obstacles.

3.)   If you are interested, you dabble in a bunch of interests.  If you are committed, you concentrate your energy on achieving a much shorter list of objectives.  In short, you focus.

4.)   If you are interested, you are easily distracted and often fall victim to shiny object syndrome.  If you are committed, you are so focused that you often don’t even notice the irrelevant shiny objects around you.

5.)   If you are interested, you don’t set goals; rather, you just let it happen.  If you are committed, you set goals in a way that maximizes the probability you will achieve them, and you regularly monitor your progress.  You use the S.M.A.R.T. approach to goal-setting.

6.)   If you are interested, you let the fear of failure and other fears keep you from achieving your objectives.  If you are committed, you realize that every “failure” is just another step in the direction of achieving your goals.

7.)   If you are interested, you allow perfectionism to inhibit your progress, working hand-in-hand with fear of failure to limit your success.  If you are committed, you understand that perfectionism is the enemy and you continue to make forward progress, even if each step is not perfect.

Ask yourself, “Am I committed, or am I just interested”? If the answer comes back, “I’m not sure,” or “I’m just interested,” then unless it’s a hobby that you can dabble in and take lightly, you need to reconsider where you are focusing your energy.  As a friend once said to me, dabbling is a root cause of failure.  You cannot afford to dabble or just be interested in the people and activities that are truly important in your life.  Interest will usually get you nowhere.  Commitment, on the other hand, has a much higher probability of delivering you the results you are seeking.

I look forward to your thoughts and questions.  Please leave a comment (“response”) below or in the upper right corner of this post.

Paul Morin



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