Retirement Guys: Resolution or Commitment?Written by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Resolution: A resolving to do something. A plan for something to be done. The last column I (Mark) had the opportunity to write, I discussed the idea of how at the beginning of a new year, we have the tendency to make “New Year’s Resolutions.” (Go back and read “Same Ol’ Resolution?” if you missed it. Here is the link. We all intend to get back on track, to get our act together and to do the right things instead of the wrong things. We intend to. We mean to. The problem is that usually by March even if we have gotten off to a great start, we have fallen back into our old bad habits or just don’t feel as motivated as we did in January.
I had the opportunity to attend Cedar Creek Church on New Year’s Day this year and have to say, it took some doing after gorging myself on good food and drink the night before, to get up and be in church on Sunday morning. I am sure glad I did. Barb Roose, who is the Spiritual Formation Pastor was the speaker and had some great things to say. I am inspired by Barb and appreciate her passion and enthusiasm. By the way, Barb, I am stealing some of the points from your message, so I hope you don’t mind.
The main point that Barb made was that commitment leads us to success.
Commitment: an agreement or pledge to do something in the future; the state of being obligated or emotionally impelled. Notice the words in this definition. Agreement, pledge, obligated, emotionally. With a resolution we have a plan to do something. We intend to do it. This does not necessarily mean that we will follow through. Doesn’t being committed to something sound much more solid then intending to do something? An obligation. A pledge. As parents, Lisa and I have tried to teach our children the importance of a commitment. If you make a commitment you should do everything in your power to keep it. Not keeping a commitment is likely to let someone down. You can pretty much count on someone that is committed.
Notice another word that was used in the definition of committed. “Emotionally” impelled. Commitment involves emotion. One of Barb’s points included the statement that “you will stay committed when you passionately believe in the outcome.” Passion. If you are passionate about something it is much more likely that you will reach your goal. It is also more likely that you will enjoy the process. As The Retirement Guys, Nolan and I are passionate about educating all Americans on how they can become financially self-reliant. We believe strongly in our cause and as a result are committed to reaching our goals and are enjoying the process. Cedar Creek Church happens to believe that their cause is the greatest cause on the planet. I happen to agree with them. So do many others who share the same views. Barb also stated in her talk, that “when we are passionately committed together, we can change the world.” I have been astounded by the effect that organizations like Cedar Creek and other churches and charities have been able to have on many people. We shared earlier how The Retirement Guys participated in The Race for the Cure this year and how we were amazed at how many people showed up in downtown Toledo to support this cause. An example of many people passionately committed together out changing the world.
I have asked this question before and I will ask it again. What are you passionate about? Have you made a resolution or are you committed? Back in October our column shared “the success system that never fails,” from an old book by W. Clement Stone (if you missed it, go back and read “Want Success? Read This.” It is good stuff if I do say so myself. Here is the link: http://www.toledofreepress.com/2011/10/21/retirement-guys-want-success-read-this/). INSPIRATION + KNOWLEDGE + ACTION = SUCCESS. Commitment goes right along with this. Do you want to reach your goals? Do you want your resolutions to come to pass? If so, get committed. You will be amazed at what happens. Have a great week and as always, when you think retirement, think The Retirement Guys.
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