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What to Choose Between Commitment and Motivation?


Motivation helps you to plan your goals and focus on necessary tasks. But, to make your plan a success, you need to be self-disciplined.

Self-discipline makes you powerful enough to achieve your goals even if the circumstances outside or within you are not favorable. It makes you strong to accept the present moment the way it is.

It teaches you the art of living a balanced life.

If you want to be self-disciplined, you should have a strong commitment to whatever you do.

Let us discuss the difference between motivation and commitment and how it affects your success.

What to choose between motivation and commitment?

What to choose between motivation and commitment?

Difference Between Motivation and Commitment

Motivation is essential. It is only a feeling or the initial spark required to start your journey to achieve your goals. You feel energized to move forward.

Since motivation is only a feeling, you cannot trust it. It is not stable. It fluctuates.

You do not feel motivated all the time. Self-discipline is a commitment. You can take action to complete your tasks despite how you feel at the present moment.

Motivation gets you started. But if you want to reach the end, you have to be self-disciplined.

So, what do you want to achieve - long-term success or regret?

If you want to achieve long-term success, then work daily in the direction of your goals.

Throughout your journey to achieve goals, you may face many failures and setbacks. You may doubt your abilities. If you are committed to your mission and purpose, you will never lose the confidence to prove yourself. It is the power of commitment.

So, stop depending on motivation alone. Make a strong commitment to yourself.

Some commitments are non-negotiable, while some are a little more flexible. These flexible commitments take away the unnecessary pressure from your daily life thereby, reducing stress.

But take care that you do not have too much of a flexible mindset. Otherwise, you will always be ready with an excuse to skip your daily tasks.

Let us discuss three different types of commitment:

#1: The Non-Negotiable Commitment

In this commitment, you dedicate yourself for a specified time to achieve a particular goal despite all hurdles.

This type of commitment involves:

  • Start and end date of the project or the goal.
  • Project divided into small, doable, and achievable tasks.
  • No space for excuses once the project starts. You should have a do or die kind of attitude.
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You can also cultivate commitment around small habits to achieve a big goal.

For example:

To have a healthy lifestyle is a big goal. You can divide it into small tasks, such as:

  • I will wake up at 5 am.
  • I will practice meditation for a minimum of 10 minutes every day.
  • I will practice gratitude daily.
  • I will exercise daily for 30 minutes.
  • I will reduce the intake of packaged food and artificial sweeteners.

It is one example. You can apply this strategy to any goal you want to accomplish.

Hence in this type of commitment, you alone control your life. You decide what action to take and what you want to become. You can’t make excuses even if you are exhausted after a long day’s work, met with some tragedy, or feel demotivated.

But, you can’t commit to every habit altogether. It is not practical. Begin with one or two and fix a start time and duration for it.

Once this new habit is incorporated, pick another habit to practice.

For example, if you now wake up early, you can start doing meditation, and like this, you continue with your journey.

It makes self-discipline easier. Your brain is now equipped with the process of how to remain focused and prioritizes your long-term goals. Moving forward slowly and steadily is better than taking up all challenges at once and accomplishing nothing.

#2: A Time Bound Commitment

Committing is the first step. But if you want to accomplish it, you need to mark a start date in the calendar. It will focus your energy to a point.

If the date is in the future, prepare a note and hang it somewhere where you can see it every day. It will help you not to skip it.

Commitment can be short-term (a few days, weeks, or months) or long-term (lifetime).

As a beginner, I recommend you to start with a small commitment, such as ten days of detoxification challenge. Choose anything according to your wish, but stick to it.

No excuses allowed.

During this time, you have to do it at any cost. After it gets completed, analyze your performance and if, necessary, make changes and do it again and make it a part of your daily routine.

#3: A Small Commitment

Always start with a small commitment that you can accomplish.

For example:

If you have never exercised before regularly, do not commit to doing it for two hours daily. Start by doing it for 30 minutes and slowly increase the duration to avoid stress and frustration.

#4: Not To-do Commitment

It is an exception to non-negotiable commitment. In this, you commit yourself to get rid of a harmful habit like smoking or drinking alcohol. Your to-do commitment is now a not-to-do commitment.

It requires you to be brave enough to follow it till the end as it is not easy to give up old habits. Also, it may not yield results in a few days only.

If you find it difficult to follow, abandon that habit at once.


Now you are aware of how important commitment is along with motivation. Once you commit yourself, then there is no space for excuses. You cannot compromise. Do it with complete determination.

You have to move out of your comfort zone to reap the benefits in your life.

Have you ever made an uncompromising commitment?

If not, then are you planning to start in the future?

Share your views in the comments below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Preeti Shah

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