If you’re doing all of the above expecting your life to be significantly different, you’re in the ‘interested’ in changing for the better category, but the commitment will only be tested over time and when the going gets tough.
INTERESTED ISN'T COMMITTED. Interested is what we have done time and time again over the years, wishing our life was different, being envious of those who seemingly have it all, and falling off the wagon only to write ourselves off as failures.
Interested is saying to yourself, “I could do that” and then doing nothing. It’s short-term, it lacks consistency and it’s where many of us are at, simply because we don’t have the tools to navigate past it.
Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left. It’s easy to get fired up when you see an ad, or read something that motivates you in the moment, but sustaining it over a longer period is where most fall. You know by now that with any change process, you will periodically fail.
People who are committed realise that the gap between those failures and the longer-term success they seek isn’t necessarily a massive chasm – it could be only the tiniest of gaps.
To create change, you must be prepared to lay all your cards on the table. Brutal honestly is required to identify what’s necessary to transform. If you don’t feel like you can be brutally honest with yourself, seek help from someone – a coach, a trusted advisor, or someone you trust - to share honestly with them.