This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
commitments. Upon personal reflection, I have found that I have been considering the benefits of pursuing my degrees over a period of years without taking the necessary steps to do so. This goal remained unrealized due to my not enacting my commitment. I did finally move toward my goal while still sufficiently motivated that I could proceed in the right direction. Once I told my family and friends that I was going back to school, I was more able to remain focused in this direction. Not only was that public declaration something that was difficult for me to back down from, but I found that my family and friends kept me motivated through their support and the pride they exhibited toward me. I found ways to set necessary priorities so that I could make progress toward my goal. The financial aspect of needing to both work full time and pursuing my degree simultaneously was the major factor influencing my decision. I did not feel that I would be able to balance both responsibilities. I finally realized that I would have to choose one or the other, my job or my degree. I made the decision to pursue my degree full time, giving it priority over everything else in my life. I also found that sustaining hope was another factor that has allowed me to remain committed to this goal. When things seem overwhelming to me, I work to find ways to keep myself on track. I remember that any setbacks are actually opportunities to rekindle my interests and to find new ways to proceed. I enjoyed reading about fostering commitment since it helped me to recognize the extent of my commitment. I am happy that I have chosen this path and will work to realize it. I know that many things may interfere as I move along, but that keeping my focus will ultimately get me to the goal I wish to attain. I do not have to reconsider my decision. I only need to remain on the path that I am on to achieve success.
Reference Bolt, M. (2004). Pursuing Human Strengths: A Positive Psychology Guide. NY: Worth Publishing.