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Commitment v Attitude – can you have 1 without the other?


Commitment – the state of being dedicated to a cause/activity

Attitude – a settled way of thinking or feeling about something

Over the course of 2016 I made a commitment to Strathcarron Hospice to raise £500. At the time, running 4 Half Marathons, 1 x 10 Miler & 7 x 10ks over the course of a year seemed like a doddle and a bit of a laugh. Obviously I hadn’t quite thought it through!! Don’t misunderstand me as mostly it was enjoyable.. there was an awesome amount of laughs along the way but the training was fairly brutal at times and the motivation required to keep going was unreal.

My commitment & attitude changed frequently throughout the course of the year and I’m not sure what one wavered more.

There was an article recently published about mindsets – Fixed Mindset v Growth Mindset*. With a fixed mindset you believe you are who you are and cannot change. When you’re challenged this can create problems because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed.. this rings true with some of my dodgy career choices/constant attempts at dieting/feelings of not being good enough which relates more so to my younger years. If you lack confidence ( which was definitely the case 20 years ago ) it is very easy to have a fixed mindset – lets you hang on to routine, stay in your comfort zone, avoid challenges and give up easily which leads us back to lacking confidence.. a vicious circle!

A growth mindset is more about a self belief that you can improve with effort believing that challenges should be embraced and treated as opportunities to learn something new. I have heard many times that the deciding factor in life is how you deal with setbacks

  • the greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising everytime we fall – Nelson Mandela
  • a setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life’s lesson – Richard Branson
  • I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work – Thomas Edison

Which leads me back to my original question.. Commitment v Attitude – can you have 1 without the other? No would be the short answer.

“Success is an attitude, a mindset, a decision, a commitment, a promise. A belief that it can be done, should be done and will be done”

Commitment and attitude go hand in hand in my opinion and I couldn’t have finished all the runs without both.. I’ve learnt a lot about myself in the last year.. while my feelings about the whole challenge did waiver across the year, I do believe that I couldn’t have completed all the runs without a positive attitude.. something that I try to apply to every aspect of my life!

Strathcarron Hospice provide specialist care, comfort and support for anyone affected by terminal illness.

For some people in the last few weeks of life, their strong preference is to be at home until the end. Strathcarron Hospice@Home carers provide practical and emotional support for families and carers who find themselves in this situation.

Strathcarron Hospice Befriending is for people that live at home with advanced illness and do not need the specialist care that is provided within Strathcarron Hospice


*( to read the full article click here )

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