Updated: Dec 26, 2021
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
What is the difference between intention and commitment? Meriam Webster defines intention as “the thing that you plan to do or achieve.” Intention lives on an island of desire and hope. I’m sure you have a lot of intentions ranging from putting your laundry away to running a marathon. Commitment is on its own continent. Commitment is a “promise or firm decision to do something.” Change is made when we commit ourselves to doing something and start doing it.
Consider drinking. Are you intending to not drink or are you committed to not drinking? You’ll know you’re on intention island when you use phrases like- “I’d like to stop drinking,” “I’ll try not drinking on the weekend,” and “I hope I can manage my drinking.” Commitment sounds more like “I am not drinking,” “I will be alcohol free,” “I am managing my drinking.”
What will you commit to today?
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