On Commitment

Making Choices — And Sticking To Them!

Sharon Wood, the first person to call me “Coach,” demonstrated commitment on Mount Everest, becoming the first North American woman to summit—by a new route on the Tibetan side .

“Bruce’s coaching helped me navigate 25 years of a life I dared long for. His voice, insight and wisdom are part of the inner everyday language I used to climb Mount Everest, raise kids, pioneer a school, deliver over a thousand presentations, and take on courageous adventures.”

Sharon Wood, 1st N. American Woman To Summit Everest

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Commitment Is Key To Success

Desire may be key to motivation, but passion-driven persistence empowers you to succeed.

Committing means choosing a result, then choosing the actions needed to make that result a reality.

Woman running hard silhouetted against hills, water and the rising sun
Workin’ it!

W.H. Murray summed up the importance of commitment in this passage from his account of the 1950 Scottish Himalayan Expedition in The Story of Everest.*

On Commitment, by W.H. Murray

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initative or creation, there is one elementary truth … that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way. 

I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it .”

W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

*The passage is sometimes formatted as the “commitment poem,” and wrongly attributed to Goethe.

Could You Use More Commitment In Your Life And Work?

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

Kenneth H. Blanchard

Driven by vision, grounded in reality and focused on action that supports results, my results-focused Life Design Framework can increase your capacity to commit to and take on almost any challenge you truly care about.

It can energize you, help make good choices and decisions—and stick to them.

It can help you learn from your experience, see failure as feedback, make adjustments and follow through to successful results.

“I was afraid to commit. I dabbled, but never jumped in fully—afraid I’d miss other opportunities. Coaching helped me change. As I acted on my choices, my competence and confidence grew. I got clearer about what I wanted. I set up a landscaping business. I married my sweetie of many years. And I’m gonna be a Dad. Bam! Never been happier!”

S.R. Kaleff, Vancouver, BC
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Books by Bruce Elkin

Thrive! Creating what matters most, by Bruce Elkin.
Simplicity and Success, by Bruce Elkin.
Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
Creating Sustainable Success, by Bruce Elkin.
The ABCs of Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.