This week was the 145th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest human beings who ever lived.
If you have never heard of Gandhi, where have you been!?
As Einstein said:-
“Generations to come, it may well be, will scarcely believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.” – Einstein
As regular readers will know, Gandhi is one of my all-time heroes and I have written a number of key articles about his life and his message.
Indeed, this post about lessons in life from a 140 year old man is one of the most popular posts on my blog.
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Being a keen and ardent student of people, I have always being intrigued by what makes a “Gandhi” a Gandhi?
What made him so committed to his cause that he changed the lives of millions of people and his legacy still lives on in the world today?
And what makes it so that the majority of us can’t even get committed to our own well-being?
What is Commitment?
Firstly, let’s get clear what we mean by commitment.
“The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity etc” – Oxford Dictionary
Please understand that what I mean by commitment in this context is not just another word you throw around loosely – but a way of being and something you take on being for the rest of your life. Just like Gandhi did.
“Commitment is an act, not a word.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
Commitment is about declaring your word to something bigger than you.
For this life-changing article, the real question is really not about what Gandhi and others like him have achieved in their life – but what made him and them stand out from the rest of us?
So this is really an inquiry about what allows you and me to be totally committed to what we say we are committed to.
And as a backdrop, I’ll use Gandhi’s life as an illustration of what he was committed to – and how he changed the world as a result.
I learnt a lot about the power of commitment when I recently came across The Deuce Story – all about how an American Footballer transformed overnight after declaring his commitment to be the #1 player in his position.
Deuce’s story partly prompted me to write this post – he literally became an overnight sensation. All after just one powerful, chance conversation with Steve Hardison, the Ultimate Coach.
Yes, that’s the power of thinking big coaching. :-).
Ironically, Deuce’s story is also an illustration of how one’s commitment has to be renewed daily. He flopped just as quickly as his star had risen.
You see not even the ultimate coach can empower you, if you don’t take action to renew your commitment on a daily basis.
To use this analogy in my own life, I too have had many false starts. By way of writing this first blog post after a few weeks break, I am renewing my commitment to serve you through my words and by sharing my insights about life.
I am committing today to henceforth write at least one post a week.
In the words of Steve Hardison, I am here to:-
“Be Me, Be Love and Be in Service”.