I recently listened to a podcast where the host, Rich Roll*, interviewed Todd Herman, who coaches athletes and executives to run at peak performance. To determine whether or not he engages them as a client, Todd asks:
“Are you interested, or are you committed?”
There is technically no right or wrong answer to this, but there is definitely a huge difference between the two in how we put ourselves out there and how we behave when we run into obstacles.
There are some things we are committed to, and some things we are interested in. Personally, I am interested in a whole lot of things and committed to a few. It’s good to know the difference. It can save us a lot of time, money and mental anguish when things don’t go because we’ve confused interest for commitment. For me, having this question as a litmus test is already shifting my own decision making process. It’s helping me get through the bullshit so much faster. How awesome is that?
*if you haven’t listened to his podcast, what are you waiting for?