Keep Your Promises and Thrive — 7 Tips That Really Help

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Keep your promises – your time is YOURS…

When you keep your promises, both to yourself and to others, you build trust.

Let’s look at why that’s so important and how it helps you thrive.

So, step back for a moment. Close your eyes and imagine finding time to fulfill your life’s daily demands. Not only that, but picture yourself also being able to make headway on your big goals, while having time for your favorite and most self-nurturing activities.

I know that can be a very tall order, requiring lots of focus and discipline. And do you notice that often, after you’ve put in your best efforts, you may let go of that last item on the list above? Do you forget to keep your promises to yourself, or put them off, or just let them go?

If that’s a pattern for you, then I advise you to start following through on rewarding yourself, starting as soon as you finish reading this article.

Why Keep Your Promises to Yourself? 

Here are 3 immediate benefits you gain from rewarding yourself consistently:

You provide yourself with the enjoyment you deserve.
When you follow through on rewarding yourself you return to your daily life refreshed and alert, with more energy and optimism than you started with.

You build your trust in yourself.
Just as a child looks to a parent to keep promises, you integrate and bolster your energy by matching your words with your actions. Don’t you deserve to be as good a friend to yourself as you are to others?

You strengthen your focus and self-discipline.
When your promises are backed by concrete action, you heighten your incentive to tackle the most daunting tasks. This helps you succeed.

You may be saying, right about now, “That sounds great, but how do I get there?”

7 Timely Tips to help you set this positive cycle in motion:

  1. Actions, not words. Start small, and be sure you only make promises that you know you can follow through on.
  2. Don’t retract; reschedule. If a planned reward evaporates, replace it with a new one you create.
  3. Aim for success. Break your goals into smaller steps or chunks, so that you experience success. 
  4. Go public. If you need reinforcement, enlist a friend’s help. Report in, or ask your friend to check in to ensure you’re keeping your promise to yourself.
  5. Daily does it. Build in small rewards every day. Practice builds proficiency.
  6. Build up. Gradually escalate to larger rewards, and try including friends in this.  Then be sure not to let them down.
  7. Free treats. As you establish strong patterns of success, build in time for yourself that is not dependent upon achievement. For example, take one day a month and use it to do whatever you want, no matter what.

And there are other rewards…

In addition to the short-term benefits described, when you keep your promises to yourself, you feel more energetic and you’ll enjoy other rewards as well. 

  • Your health benefits when you are able to remain alert and refreshed.
  • You come to know yourself better.  Keeping current with what you truly enjoy enables you to be more skilled at providing meaningful rewards for yourself.
  • The more you look to yourself for satisfaction, the less you’ll be tempted to place unrealistic demands upon others to make you happy. So your relationships benefit and thrive.
  • You recognize the daily pleasures that surround you when you build balance into your life. Gratitude adds to your pleasure, and you become less susceptible to urgency and defeatism.

Remember, time for yourself is always within your power to choose.  When you keep your promises to yourself, you’ll find that your energy, efficiency, and effectiveness all receive a huge boost.

So, what is your next step for enhancing your quality of life and productivity?

Here’s more help…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself.

It’s an awful feeling and one that’s all too familiar for many of us. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that finding time for self-care is one of the biggest challenges going. And I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:

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