Commitment vs. Interest

“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.”– Ken Blanchard

Rock climbing is an extreme example of commitment ~ being merely interested can lead to trouble! But the message resonates at all levels of endeavor ~ being interested is the first step, being committed takes the journey to its desired end.

Let’s say you decide (along with 21 percent of Americans) that you want to lose weight in the new year. You examine your eating patterns, decide to avoid fattening “comfort” foods and eat a healthy, low calorie diet of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, lean meats, and legumes. If you’re interested you will hold this eating framework consistently ~ as long as you aren’t faced with the challenges of a dinner out, a party, stress, or a plate brownies. Then you might decide “just this once” or “how can it hurt”….even though you know these challenges can quickly add up to derail your best intentions. If you’re committed you will stick to your eating plan, regardless of the challenges. No excuses.

Consider the same comparison with exercise goals. You have decided to walk three days a week before work. The interested person will do this, as long as weather permits, or perhaps sleep was good. The committed person walks regardless. No excuses.

Here are 5 key differences between being interested and being committed:

  • Interested: you show-up when convenient. Committed: you show-up all the time.
  • Interested: gives up when challenged or makes a just-this-once excuse. Committed: finds a solution to resolve the challenge.
  • Interested: distracted and less intense. Committed: focused.
  • Interested: gives up quickly when faced with potential failure. Committed: resilient, considers failure a learning experience.
  • Interested: sets goals, but no strong and effective strategies. Committed: sets finite and achievable goals, structures a plan to achieve them.

It is important to understand the difference between being committed and being interested because many of us get frustrated when we fail to achieve our goals. We believe that we are committed, when in reality we are just interested. And being interested is okay ~ your goals just need to be modified to match your level of effort. Perhaps you’ll settle for a five pound loss instead of ten pounds.

Make a two-column list of what your actions look like when you are committed to your goals, and when you are just interested in achieving them. What are the different strategies and level of effort required for both? What will it take for you to shift from being interested to being committed?

To your good health!

Coach Gayle

Certified Weight Loss Coach

Certified Fitness Trainer

Women’s Health Specialists Wellness Center

P.S. If you’re struggling to maintain a healthy weight, eat cleanly or be consistently physically active, consider partnering with a certified weight loss/health coach for accountability and on-on-one support.  Get in touch to arrange your no-obligation, free consultation by phone or in-person.

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