In my area, there is a Japanese restaurant that I like a lot named Mira Kuya. (If you live is NEPA, then I highly recommend that you check it out. Let’s face it: There is nothing like an evening of sushi and saki!) This restaurant, even though specializing in Japanese food, is owned and operated by Chinese folks. We’ve become friendly over the years and along the way, I’ve been learning bits and pieces of the Chinese language.
You see, I love to learn new things and am always trying to pick up a language here and there. The difficult thing about learning a language is not so much the learning of the words, but the practicing of them with someone else who speaks the language. Even if one took the time and money to take a course or two in a community college, if one doesn’t have anyone with whom to speak it, then … Well, we all know how the things we learn get rusty when we don’t use them.
Anyway, I’ve learned a few basic words and phrases and I even went so far as to download a bunch of podcasts to help me learn. Now, even with all of this knowledge being thrown at me – the fine people at the restaurant, the podcasts, the written pages I’ve printed from the Internet – I am only able to speak the bare basics, such as hello and goodbye – and maybe a dirty word or two that were taught to me.
Why is that?
I answered that question one night when I was speaking with a waitress at the restaurant. This is what I said:
I should know more than I know now, but I haven’t made a commitment to sit down every night for a little while and study the language.
For every thing in life, the main thing one has to do in order to succeed is to make the commitment to do something. One has to say, “If I am going to do this, then this is what I need to do.” Once that die is cast, then one must follow through and do what must be done.
Haanel says the same thing, but in different words, in Week Four of The Master Key System.
If you do not intend to do a thing, do not start. If you do start, see it through even if the heavens fall; if you make up your mind to do something, do it; let nothing, no one interfere; the “I” in you has determined, the thing is settled; the die is cast, there is no longer any argument.
That, my friends, is what commitment is – and it really is the defining line betwixt success of any kind and absolute failure.
So, commit yourself to something and then follow through. Start small. Build up to the big things, because, as you’ll see, the big things are always composed of little things that work together in one amazing whole.