What you want vs. what you’re committed to

Over the last 2 years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with a mentor in DIY Degree. Someone almost twice my age — with a ton of business experience — who points out lessons I simply haven’t been around long enough to know.

I could write a whole series about what this person has taught me.

However, the BIGGEST lesson (and the one most relevant to YOU as a degree-seeking student) is this:

“There’s what you want and there’s what you’re committed to. If they’re the same thing, great… but they’re usually not. When your wants pop up, you need to thank your mind for the input and do what you’re committed to.”

Wants come and go.

They’re short-term, fleeting, and often, impulsive desires.

I didn’t want to write this post today.

What I wanted to do was go for a walk. Read a book. Drink some mint green tea.

But what I wanted didn’t matter.

As a degree acceleration coach, I am committed to teaching, motivating, and inspiring students to reach their goals.

A want can be satisfied here and now. A commitment takes time, effort, and persistence.

For example, “I am committed to a happy, loving relationship.” Or, “I am committed to maximum personal health.”

Or even “I am committed to earning a degree.”

Unfortunately, a lot of degree-seeking students get tripped up by this distinction.

That’s because wanting the degree isn’t enough.

Chances are, no matter how much you want the degree, you aren’t going to want to study subjects you find boring. Or schedule testing dates. Or stay on top of enrollment deadlines, or any of the other pain-in-the-ass details of getting a degree done.

If you wait until the magical day when you WANT to do these things, well…

My experience tells me you are going to be waiting an awfully long time.

The alternative, if you couldn’t guess where I was going with this…is to commit.

After all, you can’t control what you want.

Your wants are the product of hormones, emotions, and a zillion other bodily forces and influences you aren’t even conscious of (much less in control of.)

But you can always decide what you’re committed to.

If you’re committed to putting a degree on your wall by this time next year, click here to learn more about our program for graduating in 1 year or less.


P.S. This post comes from a place of compassion and identification, not superiority. It’s taken me YEARS to internalize and implement the difference between wants and commitments. (And I’m still learning.) My mentor did me a massive favor by burning it into my brain. If you’ve already got this concept down, terrific. If not, I hope it helps you as much as it helped me! 🙂

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