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Day 7: 'C' is for COMMITMENT

Friday, January 07, 2011

There's no abiding success without commitment. --Anthony Robbins

Instead of making a list of resolutions or goals for the new year - what if you made a list of commitments to yourself? a list of promises, to honor and keep? Would that change the way you approach the things you want to do?

You've outlined some goals you want to achieve in 2011, made some specific plans to reach them, have begun developing good habits and making healthy choices. How committed are you to your success? When you commit to a goal, you are making a promise - a contract - that defines your determination to reach that goal.

A good tool to help keep you focused is a motto or affirmation. Find one that inspires you and that seems to capture the kind of encouragement and meaning that will strengthen your resolve. Use 'your' affirmation as a signature for emails, post it on your refrigerator, write it across the top of your desk calendar - anyplace and everyplace where it will remind you of your intention. You are reinforcing your determination to reach that goal!

When your attention wanders - if you find you are having to eat out when you hadn't planned to, or you see a commercial on television ('Gotta have it!') that tempts you - use your motto to bring your focus back to your goal. Remember why you are on this path and where you want to go: remember your commitment to yourself to succeed.

A promise to yourself is as important as a promise you make to anyone else. When you whole-heartedly commit to achieving a goal, the commitment itself can motivate you, inspire you, help you achieve. Practice keeping your word to yourself, put effort into it, and you will reach your goal.

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  • JUNEBUG4967
    I'm with Barb - don't always comment but am always inspired
    3706 days ago
    Yes, well said Kasey!
    Instead of making resolutions, I've decided on several "projects" I want to complete. If I miss out one day on them, I don't feel guilty because I know I can get back to my projects quickly. I'm committed to completing them but not tied totally to a time schedule.
    3708 days ago
    This is a great message for the beginning of a new year.

    I see the value of having a mantra now. It acts as a little reminder to us of our commitment -- our promise to ourselves.

    I like the idea of having the promise to keep too.

    Thanks for your wise words. I look forward to reading your future blogs as you go through the alphabet.

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    3709 days ago
    It was the right time for me to read this. I have an unexpected dinner out tonight. I know how many calories I have left in the day; so I'll keep my commitment to myself and make sure I stay under the allotment. If I hadn't read your blog, I might have been tempted.... Thanks!
    3710 days ago
    Love it, Kasey! I'm enjoying your alphabet blogs... may not always get a comment put on, but you are inspiring me, every step of the way. You go, woman! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3710 days ago
    For whatever reason, staying committed to ourselves seems hard to do...especially when life gets in the way. We are so worth it though and this year I am committing to my health. And by golly, I am going to stick with it and stay committed this time...no excuses!
    3710 days ago
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    Why can I make a commitment to others and abide by it, but when it comes to me, I seem to lack in that area. Something to ponder on.
    3710 days ago
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    Another great blog!!!!

    I never really thought of the connection between a goal and a promise to oneself.

    It's so easy for me to forget about a goal. After a few weeks it slowly fades away.

    But a commitment ... a promise ... that's another deal. I'm responsible. I follow through. Thanks for giving me food for thought!
    3710 days ago
    right now I would rather be committed----if that meant I would not be the one to do all the work at home, work 3 jobs, field dunning phone calls, and have to deal with Doctor's offices. Can you tell it has been one of those days?
    3710 days ago
    Yes, there must be 'something' meaningful to prod a person along especially when the resolve is running low. Vague just won't get you where you want to be.

    I have been very half-hearted about journaling my food because my satellite internet connection is SO SLOW, that I just end of frustrated and angry when I use the SP application. So this year, I'm just writing it all down on paper. I coined an expression that has been working for me, rather than a motto per se, "If you don't journal your food, you're just f*rting around [and you're not serious]."

    I also bought the SP goals calendar and I've been checking off the goals that I've met each day. That inspires me for some reason.

    I like Anthony Robbins. If he says it, and Kasey swears to it, it must be true!
    3711 days ago
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    Yes! Making commitments to myself. I have tried a different approach to resolutions and made goals (or promises) for this year. I've adopted the "just for today" mindset and a mantra of "a year of good choices." So far it's working for me. And I figure if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The key is loving ourselves enough to make the goals or commitments and to focus on them instead of the distractions. Great blog, Kasey!
    3711 days ago
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I have to keep reminding myself everyday the committment I made to myself and will continue to do so! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3711 days ago
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