Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

Commitment as Liberation

Commitment can be a very scary feeling. Commitment is an obligation and it can restrict us from pursing our whimsy. But our devotion to an activity, an idea or a path can be so much more. I have long carried a quote with me from Anne Morris,

“The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around like rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life.”

When you can approach commitment as “deeply liberating” and relish in the freeing feeling that it gives you, you are able to move on from your inner critic – your doubt – your total insecurity that you might have made a mistake. Often times our doubt for our choices is a failure to commit to who we are, who want to be and where we want to go. Much like the temptation to walk, we can rationalize our decisions and let ourselves off the hook, or we can narrow our focus and commit to our path. We just might remove our heads as the barriers to our lives.

Try committing to the thing you are hesitant to this week. It might change your year.

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