| MICHAEL GREENHOUSE
So we can only conclude that when we retreat from our highest aspirations, resolutions fade because we have succumbed to an emotional state that binds us to where we are. It forbids us from the journey toward the actualization of who we were engineered to be. Emotions are the precursors to our thoughts. When we break our commitments, we have virtually become a different person than we were when the commitments/resolutions were made.
Our lack of resolve is because of our inability to remain steadfast in the face of a constantly changing outer environment and inner state. Perhaps the secret to lasting change is to attach our commitments to that which is unchanging. This requires an unwavering focus. Focus is the root cause of all effects in our lives. How we focus renders us either victims or victors over the forces in our lives.
Focus begins with the ability to inwardly direct our thoughts and actions, rather than having them directed by the influences around us. The power of focus emanates from the capacity to ask of ourselves the right questions. Those questions will create the meaning to which we attach life’s events. They create our ability to navigate through life’s storms with confidence and precision.
To uphold the inner state of mind that serves as the means to progressively attaining a worthy end, perhaps the most fundamental question we need to ask is, “For what purpose is my change or goal?” Understanding or admitting why you are doing something gives you a greater state of mind and drive to achieve such goal. Again, goals and change are difficult, a common reason most people fail to change or reach a higher level of excellence.
"Commitment means following through with what we say we are going to do long after the emotional state we were in when we made our resolution has left us."
Whether this year’s goal is to get into better shape, make more money or learn a new language, each goal will mandate some sacrifice. There will be difficulties and times where you want to quit, but that is why they are goals. Whatever your change, goal or purpose is, it will be hard and it will take time. Begin by searching for your purpose. Once you have declared your mission, make benchmarks to keep you on track. Stay focused on the task in hand, and when 2015 comes around, you will be a better person in a better body, with a stronger mind, who has a greater purpose.