To Commit or Not To Commit?

Hey, it’s Monday! Another week of possibilities is ahead of you. What things have you committed yourself to for the coming week? Here are some tips on sticking to your commitments no matter how big or small.

Be clear on the terms of your commitment. It’s a good idea to recognize exactly what you are getting yourself into. This is not always possible, but you should make sure you a least weigh up the sacrifices that you will have to make. Every commitment requires a level of determination and dedication. Research shows that regularly falling through on your commitments actually reprograms your brain to automatically expect you to not follow through and so derails your efforts. It is vitally important to enter into the commitment with realistic expectations.

Choose discomfort over resentment. Have a clear idea on what you are willing to commit to. It may be something that you are interested in, but this is not enough. Being interested does not mean that you are ready to wholeheartedly commit. How many times have you said yes to something and have later wanted to back out. Saying ‘no’ to someone or something that requests your time and energy can be difficult, but it is better to experience a short period of discomfort from saying ‘no’, rather than a damaging experience of resentment towards the person or project.

Hold yourself accountable. Have the right mindset from the onset. Make your commitment public, tell somebody about what you are doing and update them regularly. Take responsibility and don’t make excuses. Be honest with yourself and others at all times.

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