I recently saw an interesting statistic from Harvard University social psychologist Daniel Gilbert. Several of his studies show that when there’s no other choice available to us, we’re prone to synthesize happiness. We subconsciously become happier with the situation since it’s our only option. However, when the option to change our choice is available, on some level we become less content with our situation.

I define committed as wholeheartedly dedicated to doing or being something. As I see it, once you commit to something, the only option is to do it. There’s no choice! Counter-intuitively, as proven by Gilbert’s research, having no option — where you can’t change your mind — seems to make us happier.

Last week I asked myself what I was committed to.

Here’s what I came up with:
  • Living an extraordinary life
  • Inspiring 8 million people
  • Growing an exquisite lifestyle through Sensophy
  • Being the best in the world at…? (not sure yet)
  • Having fulfilling relationships (both romantic + platonic)

Did you know…

In 1879,Thomas Edison committed to having an electric light-bulb by the last day of the year? This was despite the fact that all of his previous attempts had failed. On December 31st, 1879, there was light!

Or how about John F. Kennedy? In 1962, he declared to the world that the USA would have a man on the moon by the end of the decade. This was despite the fact that some of the metals needed to complete the journey hadn’t even been invented yet. Ask Neil Armstrong if he remembers what happened on July 20, 1969!

There’s an ineffable force that comes from taking your things, putting them in your knapsack, and then throwing them as far over the fence as humanly possible.

William Murray may have said it best here:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt 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’”

I told you what I’m committed to — now I ask you…


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