I had the honor of speaking last night at a local college's winter commencement (which was very cool) and one of the things I chose to share was my belief in the amazing possibilities available to those who are committed to a cause or a project or, really, anything they are passionate about.
I see so many people in the world (me included, at times) who say they want something, or want something to be different, but are only interested in talking about it, not actually willing to do something about it. I see that as a lack of commitment. I define commitment as doing what you say you will do, even when the emotion you said it in wears off.
It's easy to get fired up after you've heard a speaker or after you've engaged in some great training or seen a classic movie. The true test will come when you go back into your "real life." Are you more affected by the gravity that pulls you back to status quo or the passion that lit the fire in you? Many people allow their circumstances and their surroundings to determine their commitment. There are so many reasons that pull us out of our passions. Never let your current reality determine your future! Your present results are no indication of your future success.
Some people have very good intentions and even get involved with a cause or an idea or a hobby. I define intention as doing what you say you will do until something better comes along. If you are a victim of Shiny Object Syndrome ("squirrel!"), you may recognize yourself as someone who starts a project but doesn't really get around to actually seeing it through.
Are you involved or are you committed?
I'm not saying you have to give your life for a cause or an idea. Instead of finding something you would die for, find something you're willing to live for.
Are you the chicken, or are you the pig (figuratively speaking)?
Those who are committed can't help but rise to the top. So find your passion, live your bliss, and be committed, even when those around you say you're crazy.
Remember Steve Jobs' declaration:
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.