Tuesday Teens & Adults – Commitment W1

After seeing Dr. Robyn & Mr. Silverman at the Supershow I was inspired to start posting a weekly lesson about this month’s Powerful Word every Tuesday. This is great stuff from Dr. Robyn and applicable to students and parents on and off the mat. Enjoy!

The Powerful Word of the Month this month is “commitment.”
Commitment is all about following through with the promises we make to ourselves and to others. The mistake many people make is that they make a commitment and then pull out as soon as things get difficult. They get involved only to a point but they never truly hand themselves over to the process. Being involved but not committed to one’s goals or one’s job is not enough. As someone once said, The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’. This month, we’ll explore our ability to truly commit, what it takes to stick to a goal, the consequences of our actions, and how to cope in a responsible way when we feel like we want to quit.

Week 1: This week, we’re talking about our commitments. As teens and adults we often feel that we are pulled in many different directions. We need to make a lot of commitments– family, friends, work, school, activities, community, and more. It’s challenging for everyone– as a clash of priorities and interests can produce conflict. Someone once said, “Commitment in the face of conflict produces character.” Since we are working on character here, figuring out how to deal with all of our commitments in a responsible way is important. How do you rectify and balance everything in each area of your life? What commitments are the most important to you? How important is commitment to you and your family?

This week, your Powerful Thought Assignment is to rate yourself from 1 to 10 on your ability to stay committed to your goals and your jobs. What would increase your score by just one point? What would a 10 look like?