Big Goals: First Commit Yourself!

Today, I came across the above quotation from Earl Nightingale and I wanted to pass the thought on to you. You see, you can definitely accomplish really big goals if you will first commit yourself.

When I started my degree with the University of Birmingham, attending classes on a part-time basis in the evenings and at the weekends, friends would sometimes ask me how long it was going to take to get the qualification. When I answered that it was going to take 6 years (actually it took 7 years because I took a year out along the way) they would usually draw in a sharp breath and ask me how, on Earth, I thought I would be able to see it through.

My answer was always that 6 years of terrestrial time was going to pass anyway and  the choice I was making was to finish that period of my life with the degree – and so it came to pass. You never know what is going to happen in that sort of time frame – that’s true – but if you commit yourself to the goal, you will find a way to navigate around any difficulties that may arise.

In my case, I changed, not just my job, but my career when I was exactly half-way through the degree. I knew that I would not be able to keep up the study with all of the new things I needed to learn as a part of my new role. So I simply took a year out to acclimatise to the new role and then went back to finish the degree later.

Think about the five year period immediately ahead. What really big goals are you going to set for yourself. Remember the time is going to pass anyway. So what are you going to do in that time to improve your life?

2 thoughts on “Big Goals: First Commit Yourself!

  1. Will Edwards Post author

    Hi Ellen

    At 50, you are still a nipper, with your whole life in front of you. I know you will make a great homeopathic practitioner; your love and enthusiasm for the subject will carry you all the way and the journey will seem to pass very quickly. Something else to think about is other people, like you, who want to learn about homeopathy. You don’t need all that experience to document your own journey; you could help other people along the way.

    Will 🙂

  2. Ellen Mangan

    Hi Will,

    Thanks for this…. I will be 50 at the end of the year and just about to embark on a 4 year homeopathy program (and also a 4 year personal fitness program for myself). Objectively I know that it takes 30+ years to become a true master of homeopathy and I also know, objectively, that my personal fitness (running) program won’t take me to “greatness”. But I also know that these are the right paths for me to focus on – that if you want to be of benefit to others, you have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is with your own development in the things you truly have passion for. And the great thing is that I finally get what you’ve identified – it doesn’t matter how long it takes (or, in my case, how late a start you give yourself). The time will pass anyway, so why note commit/devote yourself to the things you truly care about. So, 50 here I come. Better late than never!

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