Your Commitments — How to Keep Them, and How That’s Important

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Celebrate your follow-through.

Commitments are promises. And keeping promises is vital to building trust, whether that’s with another person or with yourself. But perhaps you’ve noticed that your days are often filled with lists of things to do, tasks to complete, and duties to perform. Sometimes, you may feel as though you can’t possibly do it all.

And then perhaps you read books and blog posts that encourage you to take care of yourself, first and foremost. This isn’t hard when you have ample time. But how will you stay true to the commitments you make to yourself or to others when life feels overwhelming?

Well, listed below are some helpful ideas to consider.

Know that taking care of yourself actually helps you be there for others.

Realize that, to take good care of others and to be there for friends and family, you need to keep your commitments to yourself first. You can be of the most good to others if you feel fulfilled in your own life. In fact, when you don’t do what’s important to you, you may even experience feelings of resentment toward others. So, refrain from “spreading yourself thin.” Keep your commitments to yourself among your highest priorities. And remind yourself that you deserve to experience the results of your personal commitments.

Remember why you made the commitment in the first place.

Maybe you wanted to improve your health, have a more positive attitude, feel more contented about life, or just because of a personal interest. It’s okay, and even important, to do some things simply because you want to. Whatever your reasons, take the time to review them regularly. This helps ground and motivate you to keep your commitment to yourself.

Reflect on the steps necessary to keep your commitments.

Think of all the strategies you can use to ensure you stay on the path to accomplishing your goal. For example:

  • Place a note on your refrigerator reminding you of your commitment.
  • Every week, or even every day, in your calendar or journal, write down the progress you made on keeping your commitment.
  • Affirm and validate your efforts with a “good job” voiced to yourself and maybe jotted in the margin of your journal.

Share your commitments.

Discuss your plans with your partner, a close friend, or a family member. Talking about what’s important to you with others makes your commitment visible and concrete. It becomes that much more real and attainable. In addition, you’re likely to receive encouragement and support from your loved ones in your efforts. You might even ask that they check in with you about your commitment weekly or once in a while to help you stay true to your course.

Regardless of your life situation, you can keep your commitments to yourself. Fulfill your promises to yourself by using these strategies and your passion for life will blossom.

So, how will you start doing that today?

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