[Originally published at ByTheSpirit.net]
February 10, 2012
by Tonya Marie
Resolving to do something is just the first step toward actually manifesting your intended goal. Anyone who has already broken most or all of their New Year’s resolutions can attest to the fact that having “resolve” without a firm commitment to stick with it is basically talking the talk without walking the walk.
The knee-jerk commitment, as I call it, is almost an epidemic. We are all so accessible and moving at such a fast pace through life we often don’t have or create the space we need to pause and consider what we are agreeing to before we say yes. Sometimes we are quick to say yes and commit ourselves only to just as quickly begin to regret that we agreed to something that requires more than we are able or willing to give. Our intention is actually something other than what we’ve agreed to. Maybe we want to seem agreeable, likeable, lovable or worthwhile. Sometimes we are keeping up with the Joneses (whoever they are!) or trying to honor other’s expectations of who they think we should be.
And then there are times when we are both willing and able but we are paralyzed by doubt. We think too long about all the things that could go wrong (or right). A sense of doubt creeps into our minds and fear (aka the dream killer) stands between our soul and our goal.
Sometimes it is a fear of failure. But even more often, it’s a fear of success. We get caught somewhere between resolving with our minds to do or not to do something and actually committing to the task at hand with our hearts. Without a firm commitment to live wholeheartedly, we become disconnected; words from deeds, thoughts from actions and soul from goal.
Don Miguel Ruiz Sr. counsels us to “Be Impeccable” with our words. The Bible advises not to be double-minded. It also teaches that our words do not come back void. This means each word we speak is an offering of an intention. When we mean what we say, we make a commitment with a single-minded focus. And a single-minded focus with a divine intention is what is required to COMMIT and to align your soul with your goal.
We know a tree by its fruit. If you are not bearing the fruit you desire, reset your resolve and then COMMIT to make the necessary changes, one positively wholehearted intention at a time.