LESSON #17: Commitment (The Choice is Yours)

By | July 29, 2008

In the previous lesson, we talked about motivation. More specifically, we talked about the need for long term, intrinsic motivation, and about how it should correlate with your overall vision.

I talked about how you need to be inspired and excited about your vision, and about how you can draw motivation from your vision.

But excitement alone is not enough to keep you going…

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Main points:

  • Motivation is tied to our emotions, and our emotions have peaks and valleys.

  • What will you do when the excitement is gone?

  • (About the “hype cycle”)

  • You need commitment, and commitment is a choice.

  • “A vision grows from your soul, fed by commitment and passion, and can be articulated with descriptions of how things will be when the vision is achieved. If you cannot describe life within the vision, it is only a dream of imagination; if you cannot find the passion and perseverance, perhaps all you have is a plan for a goal.” – Dion McInnis

  • Passion comes easy for most of us entrepreneurial types, but commitment isn’t always so easy.

  • (Example of commitment in marriage)

  • The biggest enemy of commitment is probably fear.

  • Tips to help you commit to your vision…

    1) Feed your vision
    2) Make it the right level of priority
    3) Make sacrifices
    4) Develop good habits
    5) Be flexible
    6) Keep moving forward, no matter what
    7) Solidify your commitment in writing

    (Example of Bill Bright’s contract with God)

    Action steps:

    1) Commit to your vision. Write it down, sign and date it.

    2) List your priorities, in order of importance.

    3) Write down some habits you would like to develop, choose one to start with, and do it!

    As you commit to your vision, I believe you will be mentally prepared to begin the work of building your online business.

    The foundational portion of this learning series is almost complete; there’s just one more important question I need to address in the next lesson before we start putting together the pieces of your business.

    As always, you are welcome to post your questions and comments below. (Feel free to let me know if you’ve decided to commit to your vision)

    Have a great day!

  • 239 thoughts on “LESSON #17: Commitment (The Choice is Yours)

    1. Ally

      Hi Eric, I am learning so much and my priority at the moment is I want to be successful every time I leave your lesson I’m on a high. Maybe I should of bidded on the auction I am still not sure of a domain name etc but as u said go forward. As I look to the Lord he will bless. Thanks Eric.

    2. Chris Lentzy

      Hi Eric,
      very thorough. I see that you are helping us build a solid foundation for our inner game in the world of online marketing.
      Keep up the good work.

    3. Dan

      Hi Eric great stuff you are teaching there.Just the kind of tonic or medicine to bring us to our senses. We should be taking things seriously,not lightly.Starting something is easy but seeing it through to maturity is not an easy thing for quite a majority of us.Once again thank you for a great lesson.

    4. maria truett

      hello Eric I just want to let you know how blessing I feel every day when I hear your message.I always praise to the Lord to keep blessing you and your family. thank you. You one of the person that helping me make part of my dream come truth.

    5. Anonymous

      Eric,I really like your program. You talked about Bill Bright. Another man of the same type I feel needs to be mentioned. His career was not going any where until he “Signed a contract” with God saying if his career was to take off like it should that he would build a momument to a saint. That momument still stands today St. Judes hospital for children, The man, Danny Thomas. Have a great day Lonn

    6. tracy

      Once again great lesson, It’s inspiring and motivated me to work harder and commit to my vision. I’m always the one who start on something, but never finish it. This lesson has open my eye. thank you !

    7. Tommy

      Hi Eric,
      I love what you have done with this series. This is so solid… And you are just terrific in your presentation of the material. You are inspiring me just by what your are presenting. The FOUNDATION to success. Thank you, Tom

    8. Kathy

      Your so crystal clear in your thinking Eric. This foundation has been fantastic. I feel sad to leave it behind.

    9. Roy McFarlane

      Hi Eric, your tips are great. Informative and very clear.
      I wished I had seen your tips earlier.
      Got caught up in a group of scammers . Greg Anderson , the money code, turnkey website, Tom and not sure how many involved in this rin. Please warn all you can about quick money scams.
      I sent a copy of this email to there email addresses and the dept of internal affairs.
      Went to site nothing there to see. Also already paid several fees some twice. Have no idea what you people are doing. Every time you show me you want more money. 
      I followed one link and went for the 6 mth trial, website free, then by the time I contacted the bank the bill had gone from $70.00 plus traffic cost to nz $600.00 plus. This is nothing but theft. Nothing was that clear. The returns if any could even be from illegal phishing, scamming, and scimming  people’s accounts. There are laws in nz on this and penalties include jail.
       Nothing you have shown sets out clearly the deal. I do not need selling. Thought I paid twice. In those payments included a uni host fee which I was not aware of. 
      No one is available on email or phone to respond to. Greg Anderson and Tom are selling the same thing. They both claim to be financial gurus. Anyway what are we selling, or buying.
      Not happy. Now you send me continuously to websites to extract more money from me. When that doesn’t work you pass me on to other people to be scammed again.
      Please note this has stopped me from any trading of any kind inclusive my affiliate accounts with Jeremy and Simon the people who suggested your site. This puts them in disrepute. Also my affiliate site with amazon has come to a stop as now I do not trust any thing on the Internet. You people are so tricky. My bank accounts have been closed and now my credit is in disrepute. Thanks again. I have trusted you and now are financially wrecked. I didn’t have much money and now have none with no hope of working online.
      please respond properly via a valid return email address. Failing contact will involve your Internet suppliers being informed, the nz comerce dept and department of internal affairs. I will spend all my spare time hunting you out and take you to court. I will also let Microsoft and other affiliates that you are breaching the use of there software agreements and seek support.
      Finally. Front up, man up, apologise rectify or refund please. Roy McFarlane. marinelectrix@gmail.com. Ph 0211870313 new Zealand.
      Sent from Roy by my iPad

    10. Troy


      Great lesson, but what if you don’t know where to start? There’s so much out there, that it becomes information overload!!!!


    11. George

      Awesome, awesome lesson Eric, Thank you so much. I so much related to many points within this lesson and the amazing part is it has been a constant struggle to keep up with my commitments towards my vision. That struggle makes you feel alive 🙂
      All your lessons are superb. Thank you again.

    12. Ginny-Lynn Leimbock

      Eric: Loved this lesson! I am a very spiritual person and pray daily. I am understanding more and more as you express yourself exceptionally well. I am 67 years old and on a pension I can’t live on, so I am struggling, but determined. Your lessons will see me though, as there is so much I never thought of, and never knew. Keep up the good work, as your loved and appreciated by all.

    13. Jorge

      Eric thanks for the lesson today, watching your commitment and passion to do your job, you encouraged to imitate your good habits, regards

    14. mario

      my vision is to own my own umbrella company providing a range of online and offline services manging it with my wife this will give me flexibility to do full-time ministry to engage in global evangelism ,church planting

    15. Sam

      Nice lesson Eric…you the man.
      Great to have steps to follow on our journey…

    16. Fatu

      Hi Eric
      I really love all lessons so far but I am a poor guy trying to save some dollars to buy devices so I can watch videos

      Thank you so much and God Bless

    17. Joseph Cheek

      Hey Eric,

      Two thumbs up on the lesson today. I really like the example of the contract with God. It hit home for me because my vision of expanding my ministry nationwide, and later worldwide, is fed by my commitment to my business, and doing what it takes, no matter what. Again, great lesson. I have to say, though, if youkeep this up, I’m likely to find a mentor in you, even if vicariously.

    18. Sanjay

      True, emotions have picks and valleys and to keep yourself committed during valleys is the most tough part. We should be mentally prepared to encounter emotional valleys only then we will be able to remain committed to our vision under any situation. Such a commitment in the very beginning, will get fed to our subconscious mind and repetition of the same on a regular basis will ensure our commitment to our vision.
      Thanks Eric for such a wonderful presentation

    19. DOC Briggs

      I vowed to God that I need Him above ALL else. I think that I haven’t succeeded because He has pulled me back until I realized this fact. Thank you for everything and every word that you have shared. I would shake your hand if I could.
      God Bless you and your whole family Eric. My website is there to help women that are ill or healthy and I have given it to God. I pray that He uses it as He see fit.
      Someday I hope to meet you or at least talk with you on the phone.

    20. Elsie

      Another wonderful message, thanks Eric. I must say that I am always surprised at the depth and reality of the concepts that you are teaching. Your faith shines through every lesson and gives so much credibility to your words. Keep up the good work – I am committed to making this work and with your help and ‘mentoring’ will do so.
      God Bless you and your family and everyone who comes here for advice! If we all take it to heart and put it into practice, there is no reason to fail.

    21. Brian Teichroeb

      Hi Eric,
      We’ve been working on our online biz for 2 months, now, while enrolled with another program. I found your site after the fact.
      I have been working between my desktop, laptop and my smartphone. I have been using my desktop and laptop for the program we’re committed to. I look at your emails on my smartphone but they require flash player and my device doesn’t support it.
      Upon reading your email and the comments, today, I need to say to you that, if I knew that you were a man of faith we would have pursued your program first.
      I know it’s always been hard to compete in the world being a man of God but we so would have been committed to your teachings first if we would have known.
      Please work harder on your SEO.
      Bless you, brother.

    22. Aurora Valish

      Hi Eric, I am very inspired by this Zen Buddhist text: ” The person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between work and their play, their labor and leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace in whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both”

    23. James

      I was looking at the PLR you are sending out. I am interested but I don’t have the knowledge on how to use it.
      It would be interesting to do. Im a newbie.

    24. Charles aka 4Real

      I am committed to this. I have battled with commitment and gone through a lot of part finished projects. I have already committed time and money to this business and with the good coaching, training and mentorship from you, I know and have the belief/faith that I will make it.

    25. Vlad Sandu

      My belief is that, your business = your niche. Many starters are entering online by picking up the most competitive niches, without a passion or vision for their niche.

      I saw a lot of affiliates who are starting with make money online, weight loss or dating niche, without a clue of what they are doing.

      They end up frustrated and confused, jumping from product to product. What I hate about those products is that they are teaching you the same thing written different.

      For 13 years I only see this system in any product that I bought:

      1. Get a squeeze page. 2. Drive traffic through ads 3.Get an autoresponder. 4. Collect leads. 5. Market to the leads. What I don’t see mentioned is “choosing your niche” the niche that you are passionate about.

      There is one more problem BIG in 2016. 99% of marketing emails are now going into the Offers tab in Gmail. People started to ignore that tab.

      I feel disgusted by the spammy way people are marketing these days.

      The conclusion? Build a site around a niche that you have a burn desire for (ex. Harry Potter’s Passive income Plan) a niche that comes to you as an idea, invent something no one else has and stop duplicating the same “gurus” methods over and over again.

      Thank you for your time, reading my comment!

    26. joshua

      Hello Eric Holmund, I signed up on your website more than a month ago. I sent a text message showing my interest in the 10 free ebooks plus others you offer with resale right. I am ready to pay for the ebooks now. Do you accept payment through MASTER CARD? I am a newbie, I don’t know how to pay for goods online with paypal. Thanks so much.

      1. Micah

        Hello Joshua,

        You may use your Mastercard when you follow the payment link. You don’t need to have a PayPal account. They will let you use many forms of payment.

    27. Marc M. Demers

      Hi Eric,

      My first Habit that I want to start with is having a : “To Do List”.

      So my fist move will be to buy a WhiteBoard to start my “To Do List”.

      It’s simple as that, one thing after another.

      You are so inspiring.



    28. priya

      thank you for your lessons they are very helpful to me. I am new to all this internet marketing and i am learning new things everyday

    29. Michael

      I am committed to long-term success, having daily and weekly tasks to accomplish in meeting monthly goals, one year plan and 5 year vision. Then I will retire and spend my time helping other people do the same.


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