I don't know how you feel about that word, but I still sometimes get scared when I hear that word: Commit. Even after 14 years of marriage.
Recently, I had a performance in Vegas. I was changing the lyrics for a song that I had to sing for the gig. I didn't want to work that hard, but then I remembered my friend's words and I wrote on the top of the piece of paper I was working on, "Commit all the way, Angela". I was sitting outside by the pool and as soon as I wrote those words, a huge wind blew all my papers away! I thought to myself, "This is a sign for me to not commit all the way!" But, then my next thought was, "No, Angela. That would be the easy way out. That would be you not committing all the way." So, I got up and chased all the pieces of paper and gathered them up and went to work.
The moment we really commit, we are tested. We are faced with challenges, hard work and painful feelings. But, there's also a sense that something is actually shifting in us. Something is changing and we are getting bigger and feeling more alive than we ever thought possible.
I've been witnessing the people who have been in the Artists Workshops and Groups. And what I notice is that the level of commitment to your Art and your Self determines how quickly and how radically you will change and grow. It is inspiring.
Commit. All the way.