Commitment unlocks the doors of
imagination, allows vision, and
gives us the "right stuff"
to turn our dreams into reality.

James Womack


Actualization of self cannot be sought as a goal in its own right. . . . Rather, it seems to be a by-product of active commitment of one's talents to some cause, outside the self, such as the quest for beauty, truth, or justice.

Sidney M. Jourard


Love is when I am concerned with your relationship with your own life, rather than with your relationship to mine. . . . there must be a commitment to each other's well-being.  Most people who say they have a commitment don't; they have an attachment.  Commitment means, "I am going to stick with you and support your experience of well-being."  Attachment means, "I am stuck without you."

Stewart Emery


Transcendence or detachment, leaving the body, pure love, lack of jealousy--that's the vision we are given in our culture, generally, when we think of the highest thing. . . . Another way to look at it is that the aim of the person is not to be detached, but to be more attached--to be attached to working; to be attached to making chairs or something that helps everyone; to be attached to beauty; to be attached to music.

Robert Bly

Commitment creates a powerful radiant energy that activates all sorts of "miracles" within and around you.

Susan Jeffers

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means
an antagonistic one.  Commitment is healthiest when
it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.

Rollo May
The Courage to Create


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Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes
a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Vince Lombardi

Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and
commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal--a
commitment to excellence--that will enable you
to attain the success you seek.

Mario Andretti

Unless commitment is made, there are
only promises and hopes; but no plans.

Peter F. Drucker

If you deny yourself commitment
 what can you do with your life?

Harvey Fierstein

Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.   Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead


There are only two options regarding commitment.
You’re either IN or you’re OUT.  There’s no
such thing as life in between.

Pat Riley


Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless
ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely commits
oneself, then providence moves, too.  A whole stream of events issues
from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen
incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no person could
have dreamt would have come his or her way.

William H. Murray


Commitment is a line you must cross. . . . it is
the difference between dreaming and doing.

Bernie Fuchs



It's not how physically strong you are that matters,
it's the level of commitment that you hold in your heart
that will get you through the hard parts.

Scott Rogers

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

Abraham Lincoln


Commitment is never an act of moderation!

Kenneth Mills


It takes a deep commitment to change
and an even deeper commitment to grow.

Ralph Ellison


The people who say you are
not facing reality actually mean
that you are not facing their
idea of reality.  Reality is above
all else a variable.  With a firm
enough commitment, you can
sometimes create a reality
which did not exist before.

Margaret Halsey



The test before us as a people is not whether our commitments
match our will and our courage; but whether we have the will
and courage to match our commitments.

Lyndon B. Johnson


Without commitment, you cannot have depth in anything,
whether it's a relationship, a business or a hobby.

Neil Strauss
The Game


We receive from life, from every experience, from each interaction,
according to what we have given.  When we commit ourselves fully
to an experience, it will bless us.  When we give ourselves wholly
to any moment, our awareness of reality will be heightened.

Karen Casey
Each Day a New Beginning

Modern life has made us people of attachment rather than people of
commitment.  Indeed, many people have found that it is difficult to 
tell the difference between attachment and commitment in their own
lives.  Yet attachment leads farther and farther into entrapment.
Commitment, though it may sometimes feel constricting, will ultimately
lead to greater degrees of freedom.  Both involve in the moment an
experience of holding, sometimes against the flow of events or against
temptation.  One can distinguish between the two in most situations by
noticing over time whether one has moved through this activity or this
relationship closer to freedom or closer to bondage.  Attachment is a
reflex, an automatic response which often may not reflect our deepest
good.  Commitment is a conscious choice, to align ourselves with our
most genuine values and our sense of purpose.

Rachel Naomi Remen

If we commit ourselves to one person for life, this is not, as many people
think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into
all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent;
into that love which is not possession but participation.

Madeleine L'Engle


Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability
to choose--and commit myself to--what is best for me.

Paulo Coelho
The Zahir


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We only regard those unions as real examples of love and real
marriages in which a fixed and unalterable decision has
been taken.  If men or women contemplate an escape, they
do not collect all their powers for the task.  In none
of the serious and important tasks of life do we arrange
such a "getaway."  We cannot love and be limited.

Alfred Adler


There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional.
I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you
don't want to, don't much like what you're writing,
and aren't writing particularly well.

Agatha Christie
An Autobiography


There's a difference between interest and commitment.  When you're
interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient.  When
you're committed to something, you accept no excuses--only results.

Kenneth H. Blanchard


Coach said, "the quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to his or her
commitment to excellence, regardless of one's chosen field of endeavor."

Sherman Alexie
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


Let today be the day that you become committed in being, in doing, in getting,
achieving, in experiencing.  Let today be the day that you are committed to
being the change you wish to see and living the life you wish to live.

Steve Maraboli
Unapologetically You



Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.



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