There’s a slide that we were shown quite early on in the first coaching course that I ever did, illustrating the difference between commitment and desire. As with so many things in coaching education, the slide keeps cropping up over and over again for me. What is quite an easy concept to understand intellectually, turns out to be not as easy to apply in life. How often do we do things out of desire rather than acting in accordance with principles that we have explicitly committed ourselves to? I guess this is the power of dogmatic religions – they provide a community of people to support you in sticking to a set of principles that you have committed to by joining that religion.