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''Within The Context of Commitment''

Within the context of creation
Every challenge is a tool
every obstacle will aid your growth
and failure is your fuel

Within the context of advancement
all distractions fall away
all the suffering is justified
and even work can seem like play

Within the context of achievement
every risk may lead to gain
and the unknown's an adventure
with rewards beyond the pain

Within the context of improvement
facing fear becomes the norm
and your mission is your shield
that helps you weather every storm

Within the context of your purpose
all your fearfullness is cured
former habits lose their grip
and life's pain can be endured

Within the context of commitment
the world becomes a different place
for what you once saw as a hindrance
spurs you on to win the race!

Just yesterday, a friend and I were reminiscing about our involvement in a business venture which required us to stretch ourselves and to do things outside of our comfort zones. Essentially we had to become salesmen in order to achieve the success we envisioned for ourselves. We had to conquer our fears of approaching people, our fears of rejection, and the tendency to settle for mediocrity. We had to subordinate our habits and tendencies in the interest of achieving a particular goal. Today, we can say we're better individuals for having put ourselves through the ordeal. But, we asked ourselves, how and why we are able to do it?

The truth is, we never considered the tasks themselves fun, but we saw them as necessary in the attainment of our goals. We also had the benefit of working with people and in an environment that made the experience otherwise quite enjoyable.

But the ultimate reason for our success was that we were committed to creating something. We were all about creating something for ourselves and for those whom we loved that didn't exist. We were on a mission to make our worlds better places. And within the context of that bigger dream of what we were creating, all the late nights, the fear, the weariness, the rejection, and the pain were all secondary, all minor, and all doable.

Today, much of what I do : writing books, doing workshops, and consulting, are all done within the context of my mission to "share what I know, so that others may grow." People say I work too hard. But, I've always thought that it's not "work" unless you don't like what you're doing.

Therefore, in my workshops, I encourage everyone who attends to find the greater context for their own lives that makes it all worthwhile! What shall you create today?

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Walt's Life Rhyme #238
(Within The Context of Commitment)
© Walt F.J. Goodridge
Originally published: 04-19-2002
''I share what I know,
so that others may grow!''


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