I have been thinking about this word a lot recently. There are so many different types of commitment. We commit to our relationships, whether that's our partner, our kids, our friends, our colleagues or those we serve. We commit to our jobs.
However, I believe, that the most important commitment is to OURSELVES.
This can be challenging and tricky. Our brain can come up with a gazillion reasons to break the commitments we make to ourselves.
The most common example is of course, how short lived New Year resolutions are.
Think back to a time when you made a resolution. Maybe it was to eat healthier, lose weight, meditate, sleep better or hit the gym floor more consistently. Can you remember how absolutely certain you were that you could do it, that you absolutely 100% WOULD do it? Even if a sliver of doubt arose, it was easily squashed, right?
Fast forward to now. Are you still doing what you promised yourself? Or have you fallen off the wagon? If you are like me, you are probably judging yourself and saying things like "Why can't you ever keep your promises to yourself???"🙄.
And self flagellation, my friend, never works and never will. If anything, it only makes you feel worse and then the defiant part says "Screw this"...and you go back to finishing up that pint of ice cream!!
Or you say to yourself, well maybe I'll start over tomorrow....
So what is one to do? How do we stay committed to ourselves? There must be a secret... I mean look at those frickin' athletes!!!!
Honestly, it doesn't have to be hard.
Here are some tips I have gathered over the years and I hope they help.
The goal needs to be SMARTER.
2. Get an accountability partner or join a group of similar focused members.
3. Consistency is key. When your brain offers those excuses, pause and check in. What exactly could be the reason there is resistance to doing what you promised yourself?
4. Hire a coach. Seriously. And book consistent sessions with them. It is a huge reason why athletes and CEOs are so successful.
And the most important thing to remember is YOU are worth it. Remembering your "WHY" is critical. It brings you back into focus.
I would love to hear your thoughts!!!!