What is Personal Commitment

“It takes a big person to accept full responsibility for their own happiness. It takes an even bigger person to accept full responsibility for their own unhappiness”. (Quote from Mike Dooley) Nowadays high speed technology and a ‘quick fix’ mentality it seems that many people have abdicated responsibility for taking care of themselves. This is evidenced by the growing obesity rate, the rise in substance abuse and even the number of stress related dis-eases that take their toll every year. These may include high blood pressure, heart disease/attacks, diabetes and lung disease from smoking. Many people know something is wrong or lacking in their lives but they are so out of touch with their higher self, the issue(s) cannot even be verbalized. They may say, “I just can’t put my finger on it”, or a phrase similar. They may be quite clear about what they don’t want but in many cases have no real idea about what they do want, and it is this dilemma that leads to confusion and inaction. Even when they believe they are clear and say they are coming for weight management or smoking cessation it is often something much deeper that emerges once the ‘inner’ work begins. Unfortunately, many people fear delving too deeply and do not really want to change. This can show up as a myriad of excuses and self-sabotage. Sometimes old clichés surface (which are usually a product of much earlier conditioning) i.e. “better the devil you know, than the devil you don’t”. Change is frightening to many, because people are creatures of habit and prefer what is familiar, even when...

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