• James McNeil

Interested? Or Committed?

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

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

In this quote, the author of The One Minute Manager and Gung Ho! Ken Blanchard shares with us a very powerful “secret weapon” in the journey of overcoming suicidal thoughts and ideations. This secret can best be explained by my life before September 2017 and after. Before that night in September 2017, I was interested in overcoming the suicidal thoughts I’d been dealing with for years. Why was I not committed? Because even though I’d dealt with these thoughts daily, they had not taken me to the brink of suicide in years by this point. I thought I had them under control, so the desire to overcome them was more of an interest. I would invest time into it only when it was convenient. The problem with that was the same problem you likely face. It was hardly ever convenient. Something was always “more pressing” and just had to be dealt with first.

Then September 2017 happened. I go into more detail in the introduction to Finding Your Personal Mission, but the short version is I was closer to suicide than I’d been in years, and this woke me up. The stress and anxiety I’d been dealing with became overwhelming, and an “interest” in overcoming suicidal thoughts and ideations would not be enough to keep them at bay. That night, I moved from being interested in overcoming suicidal thoughts and ideations to committed. The results spoke for themselves. As of the writing of this blog, it’s been over three years since that time, and I have not attempted suicide again. I’m no longer dealing with the thoughts of suicide, and it is from the principles in Finding Your Personal Mission.

I had to overcome impostor syndrome (which I am still overcoming daily). I had to learn to forgive myself (which again I am still doing daily) I had to get my attitude right. Again, I’m still doing that daily. Are you noticing a pattern? I am committed to overcoming these thoughts and ideations, and that commitment made the difference.

Are you committed to overcoming suicidal thoughts and ideations in yourself? Do you know someone who is dealing with them? If so, are you committed to helping that person overcome them? Finding Your Personal Mission can empower you to either overcome these thoughts and ideations for yourself or help someone to overcome them. Pick up your copy today on Amazon or on Audible where you can listen to the empowering message while you work!

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