Ahhhh, the report cards. They never go away!
Everything is at a level. Any level-headed person, knows that, depending on their level. Water in a glass has a level, skill sets have a level, relationships are at a level, world peace is at a level, and of course our commitments are at a level. At any given moment, everything is at some level of fullness or emptiness, and it’s rare we check in to see what those levels are, because we’re just too busy doing life. But there is tremendous benefit in doing quick evaluations from time-to-time based on the premise that there are four levels of commitment. You are operating in one of them in all areas of your life right now. The first: 1. Playing to lose, the commitment to do nothing, to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass by where complacency is valued more than progress and comfort more than discipline. 2. Playing not to lose. This is doing just enough to get by, but not taking any risks and being so careful nothing really good or bad ever happens to you… a tentative existence. 3. Playing to play. Not a bad place to be, but are always in jeopardy to fall back on “play not to lose” as you never really get ahead in this zone of play. The fourth level is the only one that ensures progress. 4. Playing to win. This level embraces challenges, ignores feelings and obstacles and knows whatever price one has to pay to have something turn out is nothing compared to the price of complacency. This level gives the pain a purpose, and makes the discomfort of growth almost pleasurable. It ensures the success of our goals and ourselves at every level of our life.
What level of commitment will you play at today?
When was the last time I did a “level” check in the various areas of my life?
What level is lowest at this time, and what level must I play at to change that?