Commitment is powerful than goal-setting?

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By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles

Goal-setting is a must for any career-oriented professionals to become productive and thrive in their fields.  The problem with it, like any other plans, is it’s hard to achieve results even if you badly desire to become successful;. Is it because of wrong timing, lack of determination or you have a commitment issue?

We know that planning alone is not effective as it only tells what and how we’re going to do the dirty works.  Unless we do certain actions, our goals remain ideas that hard to convert into realities. Thus, we need strong motivation to be in control of our actions and keep our determinations till we arrive in our desired destinations. On the other hand, INC’s report shared that willpower and goal setting are not enough, it’s our commitment.

“Conditions–not process or outcomes–is the next evolution of goal-setting,” the INC’s note.

Meanwhile, being committed is also quite similar to being a result-oriented person. It doesn’t matter how you will do it as long as you can produce the outcome you want. However, committing yourself to something is making yourself naturally do it because you’re already set to experience your goal.


“There are many goals that require a much longer vision,” Heidi Reeder, PhD, author of Commit to Win: How to Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals imparted on WebMD. “Willpower can help me go running on this particular day, but what about 4 months later when I’m still training for that marathon race? The secret to reaching your goals is commitment.”

According to WebMD, there are three things to build your commitment with your goal: (1) solve small hurdles in your way, (2) keep your focus intact, and (3) “Break down your goal into smaller pieces.”  Reeder shared what stops people to commit is their impatience for the final outcome and not enjoying their progress.