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A Decision Is Made with the Brain. A Commitment Is Made with the Heart. Therefore, a Commitment Is Much Deeper and More Binding than a Decision - Nido R. Qubein

A Decision Is Made with the Brain. A Commitment Is Made with the Heart. Therefore, a Commitment Is Much Deeper and More Binding than a Decision – Nido R. Qubein

If having a clear goal is the first step in accomplishing it, then making a commitment to reaching your goal is the second. By saying that you are willing to declare your intention to reach your goal, you are saying that you have “skin in the game,” and that you are willing to prioritize other things to make sure you get where you’re headed, no matter what!

In many cases (like marriage, for one), we ask people to declare their intention to reach certain goals, because it puts them on the hook for reaching them.  That’s why businesses ask employees to agree to performance goals, sales targets and development plans. Because the company knows that it matters if the worker doesn’t reach them, and they are looking for assurances that the employee will move heaven and earth to get the work done and hit the targets.

But it’s just as important for your personal life. You may think that your personal goals are important, like losing weight, or making more time for family, or getting more sleep. And you may even have said that you believe you can accomplish these objectives.  But unless you can honestly state your commitment to acting differently, and put your heart on the line for your goal, your brain is capable of rationalizing away any performance. And you may find yourself far away from the finish line.

Use your heart instead to keep you on task. State your commitment and you can bind yourself more deeply to your aspirations — and reach your dreams!

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A Decision Is Made with the Brain. A Commitment Is Made with the Heart. Therefore, a Commitment Is Much Deeper and More Binding than a Decision – Nido R. Qubein
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Jay is the CMO and head of product strategy for MetaMorph Corporation, dedicated to creating the future of unique, personal branding. Find out more at www.metamorphcorp.wordpress.com.

11 comments

  1. Jay,
    This is a great seed! I love how you mention how the mind is what sets goals, but that the heart is what you need to listen to when showing your commitment. So many times our minds tend to make excuses for not working towards our goals. Thank you for sharing this great piece!

  2. Stating your goals to those who can hold you accountable is a valuable tool.

    Stating them to those who won’t is actually counter-productive. Recent research (I don’t have the links handy, but have seen it reported in more than one place) indicates that, for instance, if you are writing a book, it generally delays you finishing the book if you tell people about it as they will give you positive feedback in the same way that they would for the book being finished. The exception to this is if you are reporting concrete progress in which you report it as just progress toward the goal (another 2K words written out of 30K).

    In the final analysis, we train ourselves to do more, to be better, to accomplish our goals by various methods. No one method works for everyone, but it helps to know what appears to work most often.

    Thank you for this article.

  3. Stirring it around with FB.

  4. Thanks for these thoughts, clearly expanding the expression of ‘putting one’s heart and soul’ into achieving a goal…best wishes.

  5. Very beautifully written 🙂 you have such a nice blog! I really love your blogs 🙂
    Thanks for your recent like on my post. I hope you will read some more. I look forward to reading your blog.

  6. Good advise, put my heart into it! I recently quit smoking and put my whole self into this goal: I’m now 4 months smoke free!!!

  7. You guys are so sweet! Thanks for all the love — I appreciate it!

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