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What Are You Truly Committed To? A Journey From Hollow Promises to Authentic Action

Updated: Jun 22, 2023

People making pinky promises

In this post you will learn the following:

  1. The Latin origin of 'commit' implies a union of intention and action.

  2. BNS Srinivas exemplifies commitment by exploring all possible pathways to make his words a reality.

  3. The difference between what you say you'll do and what you actually do is a measure of your integrity.

  4. It's essential to focus on unbecoming anything that makes us feel small and outgrowing the parts of ourselves that no longer serve us.

  5. By observing our actions, we can understand what we are genuinely committed to and whether it aligns with our dreams and visions.

  6. Have you ever asked yourself, "What am I truly committed to?" I've been ruminating over this question all week, and it's opened my eyes to some hard truths and necessary adjustments.


Sometimes, we make promises in the heat of the moment, verbal contracts that feel so right in the now. I've realized, however, that I've been falling into the trap of promising to change, rather than changing to promise.

This realization brought me back to a chapter in my book, aptly titled "Change to Promise, Don't Promise to Change." The concept is simple, yet powerful: actions speak louder than words.

The Latin origin of 'commit' is committere, meaning "to unite, connect, combine; to bring together," suggesting that when we commit, we are entrusting ourselves to a purpose, we are uniting our intentions with our actions.

Yet, I found myself floating in a sea of unfulfilled promises and a growing gap between what I say I'll do and what I actually do.

We recently interviewed BNS Srinivas (, a man from India who embodies commitment. When he says he'll do something, he doesn't just try – he explores and exhausts every possible pathway to make his word a reality.

Watching him, I noticed a stark contrast between his actions and my own. My words were full of "I wish," "I would like," and "That would be nice," but my actions? Not so much.

I had to face the fact that there was a significant delta, or difference, between my words and deeds. This delta, I realized, is what Townsend Wardlaw refers to as integrity. And it was clear, I had a lot of work to do.

Integrity and Commitment: Walking the Talk

As Steve Chandler says, "What you do is what you're committed to." So, it begs the question, what am I doing? Where are my actions leading me? Am I genuinely committed to my dreams and visions, or am I merely committed to the idea of them?

This week, my consciousness was flooded with places where I was not being my word. It was unsettling, but necessary.

I realized it was time to clean up, to bridge the gap between my words and actions. This is not something I merely desire. It is something I am actively pursuing.

The Journey of Unbecoming

Our journey in life isn't just about becoming something, it's also about unbecoming anything that makes us feel small. It's about transcending our past and reaching our fullest potential.

So, I invite you to join me on this journey. Notice where you are, and where you want to be. What are you committed to?

And more importantly, is it serving your dreams and visions?

Make it a Giant Day!

This article was created in collaboration with AI.

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