Commitment & Action Fuel Motivation

Losses come in a variety of forms, but the worst thing we can lose is faith in ourselves: in our ideas, in our skills and talents, and in our willingness and ability to overcome challenges and achieve our dreams.
— Jeff Haden

Wherever you may be on your journey, whether it’s happened already or not, it’s inevitable that motivation comes and goes. You may find yourself simply going through the motions or feel like you HAVE to go workout or HAVE to track your meals versus WANT to. But motivation isn’t the only factor that drives you to accomplish a goal. Motivation and commitment leapfrog each other throughout the process of working towards your goal!


Motivation is complex.


Not only do people have different underlying motivations for why they choose to do what they do and how driven they are, but it’s also complex because your motivation can change over time.

When we’re not able to reach a certain goal, we’re often quick to blame the process, rather than taking accountability.  We convince ourselves and others we’re committed, but the reality is, our words aren’t truly matching our actions.

For example, we say we’re being accurate with our tracking, yet continue to snack or we proclaim self-love, yet continue to break our promises to ourselves on getting good sleep and eating right.

Whatever the situation may be, until we’re able to put our hand on our hearts and honestly say we’ve done our part, we’re in no position to point our fingers at anyone but ourselves.

Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.
— Rachel Hollis

Commitment is what will keep you moving when you have a dip in your motivation. Commitment to a goal means that the challenges you face along the way won’t cause you to veer off of your path – they are just temporary setbacks you have to deal with. Your dream is worth fighting for, and while you’re not in control of what life throws at you, you are in control of the fight!


Commitment is the decision to act on what motivates you.

Motivation is the drive that fuels the commitment.


Are you feeling frustrated or stuck? Does your goal seem to be eluding you? Have you repeated the phrase “I really want to (enter wish here)” countless times, but haven’t seen it come to fruition? Accomplishing a goal depends on your actions, not your wishes. If you’re feeling stuck, it’s time to ask yourself whether you’re suffering from a lack of motivation or lack of commitment. Motivation is what starts you off on your path and commitment is what sees you through to the end!

Use our Getting Clear Worksheet to identify what's keeping you from following through on your commitments.