Stop Being A Commitment-Phobe

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Written by Anthony Meindl

Ever notice that once you really start committing to something, it almost seems as if everything in the universe is conspiring against you to make that thing happen?

Eeeeeeek!

But a lot of times, people stop. They give up.  They see it as a “sign” that it’s not the right time. Or it’s not supposed to happen. Or that they should try something else. Or that if this is what they really were supposed to be doing, it’d be easier.

But what if it were just the opposite? By passionately committing to something with extraordinary action, you usher into motion a whole cause-and-effect universe that puts things into play that actually aid and assist you on your journey if you’re brave enough to continue pushing through to the end. But you have to stay the course.

The things that happen to us in life aren’t meant to stop us. Some people think they’re meant to test our resolve. To test just how committed we truly are. Maybe.

But what if it were simply the law of physics. That the more you get in the game of life, the more you take action, the more you’re going to affect (and be effected by) events.

It means you’re activated. It means you’re living. Life’s not supposed to be trouble-free. How boring would that be? There’d be no challenge. And we’re hard-wired to seek challenge. Challenges are what lead us to develop curiosity, they further adventures. Challenges reveal latent talents within us. Our strength of character. Our malleability. Our sense of humor. Our resilience.

There’s no force out there trying to keep us from what we want. There’s no evil troll in the sky throwing curve balls at you, saying, “You cannot have this!”

The only thing keeping you from what you want is this:

You not committing to what you want. (But more of this next week.)

“If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?” — Harvey Fierstein

 

Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor whose first feature screenplay, THE WONDER GIRLS, was the Grand Prize Winning Feature Screenplay in the Slamdance Film Festival Screenplay Competition in 2007. Prior to this accomplishment, Meindl was responsible for the production of an array of award-winning projects. His background in acting, training, and performance has afforded him the opportunity to create what has become a thriving artist community in Los Angeles.

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