Ever notice that once you really start committing to something, it almost seems as if everything in the Uni-verse is conspiring against you to make that thing happen?


A lot of times, people stop. They give up.  They see it as a “sign” that it’s not the right time. Or it’s not supposed to happen. Or that they should try something else. Or that if this is what they really were supposed to be doing, it’d be easier.

But what if it were just the opposite? By passionately committing to something with extraordinary action, you usher into motion a whole cause-and-effect Uni-verse that puts things into play, that actually aid and assist you on your journey, if you’re brave enough to continue pushing through to the end. But you have to stay the course.

The things that happen to us in life aren’t meant to stop us. Some people think they’re meant to test our resolve. To test just how committed we truly are. Maybe.

But what if it were simply the law of physics? That the more you get into the game of life and the more you take action – the more you’re going to affect (and be effected by) events.

It means you’re activated. It means you’re living. It means you’re actually participating fully in your life. All of it. Not just the easy stuff. Not just the stuff that doesn’t test you, or make you feel doubt or feels like a set-back. All of it.

Life’s not supposed to be trouble-free. How boring would that be? There’d be no challenge. And we’re hard-wired to seek challenge. Challenges are what lead us to develop curiosity; they further adventures. Challenges reveal latent talents within us. Our strength of character. Our malleability. Our sense of humor. Our resilience.

There’s no force out there trying to keep us from what we want. There’s no evil troll in the sky throwing curve balls at you saying, “You cannot have this!”

The only thing keeping you from what you want is this:

You’re not committing to what you want.

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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer/director/producer/teacher and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop – where the “right brain rules” – in Los Angeles and New York. He is endlessly inspired by his students’ fearless creativity and is tireless in discovering new ways to help us all get out of our own way a little bit more each day. He just finished writing/directing his first feature film, Birds of A Feather.

Twitter –  @AnthonyMeindl

  • Adrienne

    It’s like you wrote this just for me, exactly what was on my mind this morning. Thank you!

  • Amanda

    Ahhh perfect.

    • Thanks Amanda! Be sure to follow on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl:disqus for more insight!

  • Rob

    This is great – thanks, Tony.

    • You’re welcome, Rob! Keep up the hard work! Always commit more!

  • Phew, boy… do I know what you are talking about!
    I know exactly what it’s like to want to quit because committing is means you have to show up when life gets a bit rough. e.g. (not the biggest challenge I have…) I just started a business 6 months ago, that requires me to wake up early mornings in winter and drive on my scooter to teach yoga classes. Dream up against life=tests my strength for comfort. there have been a few rocky moments where I wanted to quit my dreams to go get a desk job I’d loath just so that I could earn more, stay warm and add a quick fix to all the other pressing life things that test us at our potential’s best.
    I’ve had some low days… but because I have this hunger for growth, those low days fuel my stubborn commitment to stand up to life because the worth I get back from pushing though far outweighs those cold mornings.

    I loved this: “There’s no force out there trying to keep us from what we want. There’s no evil troll in the sky throwing curve balls at you saying, “You cannot have this!”

    Made me laugh! It’s so funny how quick we are to blame everyone else before we realise that it’s our own commitment issue. I should know… Sometimes I catch myself doing this! That makes me laugh too.

    Here’s to what I want… Here I come… You ready for me?!

    Head Mad Yogini
    Mad About Yoga