I recently read a quote by my favorite childhood author, Roald Dahl. When I read it, it made me think about how important it is to live life committed and passionately. The quote says this: “I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” The last sentence is the best part. “Lukewarm is no good.” And this is true. Halfheartedly committing to something isn’t nearly as fulfilling as committing to it one hundred percent is. For some, deciding to commit to something new or different unearths a deep fear. People often don’t commit due to fear of failure, lack of confidence within themselves or the situation, or simple unwillingness to put in the effort. Most of us have experienced what it’s like to not commit to something – I know that I personally am not an exception.
I grew up practicing martial arts and yoga. Over the years of being a student and later an instructor, I noticed that martial arts students most often have trouble breaking their boards when testing for their next belt rank. I remember many of my instructors telling me that I needed to commit to breaking the board. The fear of the board hurting me is what gave me trouble; but the crazy thing is that if I didn’t commit and follow through, it hurt 10 times more. I’ve also learned that committing to yoga every day is super beneficial for my well-being. By carving spare time in my day to commit to practicing yoga, I’m mentally and physically better for it.
The thing about commitment is this – if you don’t passionately commit to something, how can you be sure that it won’t change your life for the better? If you committed to spending more time with your family, a new pet, or a new friend, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to learn from that experience even if it didn’t work out? Being passive and going through the motions makes life lackluster. Life is short, so use the time you have to be great.