We all know what vicious circles are: they are the hamster wheels that go around and around and never stop. I've recently run into an interesting one, which has to do with the idea of commitment. For many people, making a commitment means you are not allowed to back down or fail, EVER! So, if there is any hint of failure, or worse really, any hint of not succeeding it becomes impossible for them to commit to something. I feel, by the way, that not succeeding is very different from failing as it implies trying but not being able to do it anyway and is ALWAYS possible!
Since it is definitely impossible to succeed at something you don't commit to, there we are, smack dab in the middle of our vicious circle! How to resolve the dilemna? Well, the first step is to understand what commitment really is. The dictionary defines commitment as the state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons. It's about INTENTION. And it's about TAKING ACTION in accordance with that intention, and to KEEP TAKING ACTION as long as it takes to achieve that goal.
With that new understanding of commitment, recognize that what you are committed to is the process of growth and development. Each action you take brings you closer to your goal and is a milestone along the way, whether or not it is the FINAL milestone or not. While it is certainly possible to join Saul and have a "road to Damascus" experience, most of us emulate the turtle, getting there slowly but surely, tiny step by tiny step. Enjoy each and every step!!