“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
Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2014 Parul Shah won’t admit it, but she must already have entertained thoughts about getting the least-favorite crown among the five offered during the pageant. But a crown is still a crown – an honor anyone else would love to get just to seal victory. And now that the running buzz is that Miss Tourism Queen International 2014 will be hosted in Guiyang, China, the thoughts running inside her head must be one of growing excitement. If she ends up being the first among the new titleholders competing abroad, then I expect an initial commitment to give her very best.
At this point, let me share a short excerpt from the article written by Kenneth Boa about the subject:
“A chicken and a pig were walking down the road together. They passed a sign for a local diner advertising its breakfast special: “Ham and Eggs – $2.95!” The chicken said, “That’s our whole contribution to society: breakfast food!” The pig replied, “For you, it may be a contribution. For me it’s a total commitment.”
Life in the modern world has programmed us to expect a life of ease. It’s not merely that we want everything to be easy; who wouldn’t want that? What is troubling is that we now expect to receive abundant rewards with minimal effort. If something requires effort or time, it must not be meant to be, and we feel thoroughly justified giving up. Worse yet are those who believe legitimate goals may be sought through illegitimate means, provided that those means offer a short-cut to the goal in mind.
Unconditional and commitment co-exist. They should always be linked together. When commitment is conditional, it only means that the individual can only offer his/her undivided devotion up to a certain extent or when a condition is met. That can never be a winning arrangement in the truest sense of the word. Just like marriage, there should be no ifs or buts. No ulterior motives or vested interests.
How about you, dear readers, have you committed yourself lately?