Lesson 4

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Rethinking Commitment

A lot of guys hear the word ‘commitment’ and flinch. Commitment means a lack of freedom, right? You want to be able to do what you want, when you want, and how you want.

Not quite, guys. A lot of strength and freedom can come from the power of committing to something and seeing it through. Dedicating yourself to a person, career or cause can reap far more benefits from being flakey and unreliable.

Think of it like this. If you’re committed to being healthy then chances are you’re going to live a heck of a lot longer than you would if you’re lazy and eat junk food every day of your life. Many men see the importance of committing to a healthy diet, a consistent workout routine, and good self-reflection practices.

Let’s face it – one day at the gym isn’t going to make you a healthy man. It takes working out over a long period to achieve the goals you set out to achieve. That’s commitment.

However, sometimes commitment can be smaller than this. Bill Gates suggests committing to taking a short time out of your busy schedule every day to sit and read. It’s not just about keeping the momentum moving – sometimes committing to taking a break and slowing things down can be just as beneficial in the long run as a perfectly balanced diet and exercise routine.

In his book ‘The Road Less Stupid’, Keith J Cunningham talks about how sometimes we all need to ‘just go think about it’. Cunningham suggests that he sets aside time in his day just to go and think through his problems. Be it 45 minutes or 60 seconds – chances are you’ve got a bit of time in your day where you can take what’s on your mind and walk through it step by step in your head.

Having the commitment to take that time and reflect on what’s important to you is vital to living a healthy, balanced life. As Socrates wisely put it:

‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’

Action step incoming – I want you to redefine what commitment means to you or reflect on a time over the past weeks where you have shown commitment in your everyday life. Write this down below.


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