In your face question, I know. I ask because in my mentor-coaching (and life... and work... and...) I come across this one— misunderstanding commitment; it's power and how to use it properly & powerfully— a lot.
"Sam, what will it take for you to get started with your project?"
"Well, as soon as I can clear the time on my schedule... and get the funding in place... then I'll dive in. I am absolutely committed to this."
Ah, no Sam. You're not. Oh I get that you want to be committed. But right now, you're just laying eggs.
One afternoon in the barnyard after a hard day's work all the animals were having a lively discussion. The subject comes around to commitment.
The hen, a black Australorp— a breed that consistently lays approximately 250 light-brown eggs per year (and holds the world-record with one remarkable hen laying 364 eggs in 365 days!)— proudly said, "I am committed to laying one egg each & every day this year!"
The animals applauded enthusiastically, nodding and smiling to each other— except... the pig."
"One egg... every day... for a year," the pig said. "That's NOT commitment!"
"Now bacon... THAT's commitment."
Back to Sam. What Sam failed to understand was the value, use & power of commitment.
Not another story. A quote this time, from W. H. Murray of the Second Himalayan Expedition:
Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.
I have learned a great respect for one of Goethe’s couplets;
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
The line above in bold italic is the one I'd like you to pay attention to. Those "all sorts of things" that occur to help you come out of your commitment. They happen only when & because you make the commitment. The decision... the commitment... is where the power is, but it doesn't come out to play until the commitment is made.
People like Sam want to wait until the timing is right, until the money, or support, or ideas, or partners, or stars are in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars BEFORE they're willing & able to commit to something. What they don't realize is that timing, money, etceteras BECOME right, BECAUSE you made the commitment.
Do you suppose the divorce rate has dropped dramatically since couples began living together before they got married? Wasn't my experience.
I recall a conversation I had with Bob Proctor where Bob told me, "John, if you know HOW you're going to achieve your goal... you need a more worthy goal. It's in the process of pursuing your goal that you discover the "hows."
Like the "goal" in the example above, it's making & keeping your commitment that enables the new ideas... new possibilities... and "all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance" reveal themselves to help you fulfill your commitment.
Richard Brooke told me that people often confuse convenience with commitment. I.e; "When everything's in place, THEN I'll make the commitment." That's convenience.
When nothing is in place, and you decide to go for it, anyway, trusting that by engaging fully in the process you'll learn & experience all you need to succeed... that's commitment.
Perhaps commitment just wants to make sure you're willing to take the same risk on it that it's willing to take on you.