Quotes for
the Journey:

Commitment



It takes a deep commitment
to change and an even
deeper commitment to grow.

Ralph Ellison

   

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment
to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek.       -Mario Andretti

   

The moment one definitely commits oneself, the Providence moves, too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred.  A whole stream of events issue from the commitment, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamt would come one's way.  Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.  Begin it now.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

   
Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.       -Vince Lombardi
   

The test before us as a people is not whether our commitments match our will and our courage; but whether we have the will and courage to match our commitments.       -Lyndon B. Johnson

   

The people who say you are not facing reality actually mean that you are not facing their idea of reality. Reality is above all else a variable.  With a firm enough commitment, you can sometimes create a reality which did not exist before.      -Margaret Halsey

    

If you deny yourself commitment  what can you do with your life?       -Harvey Fierstein

It's not how physically strong you are that matters, it's the level of commitment that you hold in your heart that will get you through the hard parts.       -Scott Rogers
   
Commitment creates a powerful radiant energy that activates all sorts of "miracles" within and around you.       -Susan Jeffers
   

There's a difference between interest and commitment.  When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit.  When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.       -unattributed

   

There are only two options regarding commitment.  You’re either IN or you’re OUT.  There’s no such thing as life in between.       -Pat Riley

    

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.   Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.       -Margaret Mead

   

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no person could have dreamt would have come his or her way.       -William H. Murray

   

Commitment is what transforms
a promise into reality.

Abraham Lincoln

Commitment is never
an act of moderation!

Kenneth Mills

   

We only regard those unions as real examples of love and real marriages in which a fixed and unalterable decision has been taken. If men or women contemplate an escape, they do not collect all their powers for the task. In none of the serious and important tasks of life do we arrange such a "getaway."  We cannot love and be limited.       -Alfred Adler

   
   

Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.       -James Womack

    

Commitment is a line you must cross. . . . it is the difference between dreaming and doing.      -Bernie Fuchs

   

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one.  Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.       -Rollo May, The Courage to Create

   
Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.        -Peter F. Drucker
   

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Let today be the day that you become committed in being, in doing, in getting, achieving, in experiencing.  Let today be the day that you are committed to being the change you wish to see and living the life you wish to live.     -Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You
  
Coach said, "the quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to his or her commitment to excellence, regardless of one's chosen field of endeavor."     -Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  
There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional.  I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well.     -Agatha Christie, An Autobiography
  
There's a difference between interest and commitment.  When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient.  When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses--only results.     -Kenneth H. Blanchard
  

   
Modern life has made us people of attachment rather than people of commitment.  Indeed, many people have found that it is difficult to tell the difference between attachment and commitment in their own lives.  Yet attachment leads farther and farther into entrapment.  Commitment, though it may sometimes feel constricting, will ultimately lead to greater degrees of freedom.  Both involve in the moment an experience of holding, sometimes against the flow of events or against temptation.  One can distinguish between the two in most situations by noticing over time whether one has moved through this activity or this relationship closer to freedom or closer to bondage.  Attachment is a reflex, an automatic response which often may not reflect our deepest good.  Commitment is a conscious choice, to align ourselves with our most genuine values and our sense of purpose.     -Rachel Naomi Remen
  
If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation.     -Madeleine L'Engle
  
Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose--and commit myself to--what is best for me.     -Paulo Coelho, The Zahir
  
Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything, whether it's a relationship, a business or a hobby.     -Neil Strauss, The Game
  
Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.     -James Womack
  
Actualization of self cannot be sought as a goal in its own right. . . . Rather, it seems to be a by-product of active commitment of one's talents to some cause, outside the self, such as the quest for beauty, truth, or justice.     -Sidney M. Jourard
  
Love is when I am concerned with your relationship with your own life, rather than with your relationship to mine. . . . there must be a commitment to each other's well-being.  Most people who say they have a commitment don't; they have an attachment.  Commitment means, "I am going to stick with you and support your experience of well-being."  Attachment means, "I am stuck without you."     -Stewart Emery
  
Transcendence or detachment, leaving the body, pure love, lack of jealousy--that's the vision we are given in our culture, generally, when we think of the highest thing. . . . Another way to look at it is that the aim of the person is not to be detached, but to be more attached--to be attached to working; to be attached to making chairs or something that helps everyone; to be attached to beauty; to be attached to music.     -Robert Bly
  

  

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