Are You Stuck In An ‘Escalation Of Commitment’?

When we invest resources (time, effort, energy) into a certain course of action that is failing, we fall prey to a concept called ‘escalation of commitment.

There are things we commit to that are right for a particular moment of time.

Carrying on with that commitment well past the time of its relevance is similar to wasting our time on projects that are no longer suited to us.

But when we commit to an endeavor, it is difficult to let go when it turns out to either be the wrong thing or the wrong timing.

An Old Commitment That Needs To Go?

A preacher who has spent his whole life preaching the same message will not back down from his words. Even if he is proved wrong, he will stick to his message making minor adjustments. Because he has devoted his whole life to a cause, it is unnaturally difficult to shift direction and admit that he may have been wrong all along.

The same holds true for any man or woman who has committed to an ideology, an activity, or a relationship. Couples remain in dead marriages long after they should because it is too difficult to walk away from something that has required many sacrifices from you.

When you are stuck in the sacrifices you made in the past, your current life is a reflection of an escalation of commitment. 

Are your goals the same as they were five years ago?

Perhaps it’s time to cast a new vision for your life.

Be aware that your vision can remain but the goals taking you in that direction can change. Vision is constant but plans change all the time. The world may have changed around you but you are still holding on to past ideals.

Maybe it’s time you jumped ship and tried something new.

Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.


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