Renewing the Commitment to Yourself
August 31, 2017 by Cathy Brown
“Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.” – Abraham Lincoln
As the summer ends, our children/grandchildren are returning back to school. Mine (grandchildren) range in age from 6 – 17 years. They all have returned to their perspective grades (1st – Senior in High School) the week of August 14th.
It is a new beginning for them and can be a new beginning for us as well. As we now may have a few extra moments to ourselves, after the “back to school” shopping and preparations. Maybe this would be a good time to reflect and re-commit to ourselves?
Are you interested in achieving your goals, and live a life that is in alignment with your values, passions and gifts; or are you committed to living your life ON purpose? There is a huge difference between being interested and being committed.
If you want a fresh start in your life, this may be the time to do it! The foundation of any commitment is a burning desire. Like Napoleon Hill stated in his Book Think and Grow Rich: “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.”
Life Coach, Patricia Young shares 5 Steps to renew the commitment to yourself:
- Get clarity on what you want and why– This will be your driving force and motivation. Knowing what we most desire to accomplish (or become) affects our lives in important ways. It impacts what we think about, and it changes the way we spend our time, our money, and our energy. Having clarity really brings focus and commitment to our lives. When you don’t know what you want your intentions are scattered.
- Create a plan– You will not be able to see your goals materialized if you don’t consciously commit and have the willingness, and courage, to do what needs to be done, and change what needs to be changed. So, ask yourself, “What needs to change so that I can achieve my goals?”.
- Chunk it down! – get specific and make it happen! The secret is chunking things down to smaller steps…This is crucial because it is about the specific action steps you will take to achieve your goals. It’s about getting specific to avoid the “How am I ever going to achieve that?”, which tends to make us feel overwhelmed and stop us in our tracks. Remember, vague desires lead to vague results.
- Show up, follow through, stay with it– When you are committed, you believe in your vision and have the willingness to show up every day, *No Matter What*. And yes, there will be days in which you will question your progress, your success,even if you’re on the right path, but know that committed people don’t give up, they learn from the mistakes and keep going.
- Recognize the signs that you may be caught up in the “Shiny Object Syndrome”– Are you aware of how you get distracted? Find a way to evaluate new opportunities more quickly, decide and then stay focused and committed.
Also, setting boundaries with yourself and others is crucial. The key to successfully achieving your goals is understanding the importance of how to manage your priorities, your precious energy and your time.
Reviewing where you are regularly will help you stay on track and course-correct when needed. Very important –> Celebrate your progress, no matter how small you think it is!
One more thing, don’t fall into the trap of comfort and safety, don’t hide behind your routine. To grow, expand and live life ON purpose, we need to really understand that commitment supersedes comfort. Living from that place is where we allow ourselves to shine our light, become an inspiration to others, and make a bigger difference in the world!
“Commitment is an act, not a word.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
I am getting clarity in my intention.
I find joy in creating my clear and focused plan.
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