This is Part 4. If you missed Part 1, 2, and 3, be sure to go back and read them.
4. Commitment to Relationships
You would swear from the number of books, seminars and workshops on the subject of “commitment phobia” that the phrase only belonged to the relationship game.
In fact, “commitment phobes” occur in all walks of life and are generally loathe to commit to anything.
Fulfilled and satisfying relationships form the backbone of our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.
Commitment to a relationship operates in the same way commitment to anything does.
Whether your relationship is personal, business, professional or sexual, committing to another individual is much the same as committing to an ideal or goal. You make a promise to that person and then you action your promise.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? So why then do the statistics tell us that over 50% of marriages now end in divorce?
It would take much more than this brief article would allow to explain in any detail why so many committed relationships eventually fail.
Human beings are amazingly complex creatures, so the coming together of two complex creatures in an equally complex relationship can be fraught with mishaps, misunderstandings, doubt, deceit, despair…the list goes on and on.
In its most simplistic terms, committing to a relationship is no different from committing to a long term goal. To stay committed, you need to keep your focus on the vision and understand that the path to attain that vision may meander, twist, turn, convolute and lead you down a number of dead ends.
What it takes is a shared desire to achieve the same vision and determination to succeed no matter what obstacles are placed in your path.
What will you do next to increase your commitments? Make a list and begin implementing them in your life.