Fostering Commitment to Overcome Adversity

Commitment does not come easy; it takes hard work and a desire to overcome adversity. Whether that commitment is to a person, a goal, or an activity, it has to be nurtured and re-examined periodically. Psychological research suggests specific steps to nurture commitment.

Describe how the suggestions for fostering commitment listed in your text can be applied to your goal.

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I have never thought about the perception of should vs. want. I guess if I were to convert my “should” to a “should + one want” (Bolt, 2004) it would look like this: I should complete college because it is the right thing to do for myself and my family; however, I also get the pleasure of conversing with very intelligent people about the subjects that most interest me. Furthermore, I have also known the intrinsic value of giving people a choice, including myself. I had never thought to apply it to my college education before though. I did choose my degree out of a set of degrees. I was the most interested in psychology and therefore chose to get a degree in psychology. I can see how that has worked to my benefit while obtaining this degree. Likewise, it is important to sometimes act without thinking. I am not referring to acting rash or in an unwise manner, but rather to act without first being committed. Sometimes that is the only way to become committed, which is to act unto commitment. Lastly, I have found it very beneficial to make my commitments, indeed my priorities, public. It always seems like others can see me more clearly than I could ever hope to see myself. They can always tell me when I have gone astray from my commitments.   

How might these suggestions refocus your commitment?

These suggestions will help me refocus my commitment to this degree in that they will help enhance my ability to motivate myself. Putting my goals in perspective is one of the hardest things to do. Sometimes I literally have to act without commitment, but that weighs on a person quickly. I need to start thinking of this degree as a choice, a choice that I made. Not in an obligatory manner, but rather in a way that sets me free to pursue my own goals.  

Do you have to rethink any areas of your goals? Explain your answer.

I am honestly not sure exactly what the question is asking. My goal is still to complete my degree in psychology. I will change the way in which I view this degree but not an entire rethinking of any area of my goal.

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Bolt, M. (2004). Pursuing human strengths: A positive psychology guide. New York, NY: Worth.


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