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Oh yeah, I’ll go.”

I assured my new acquaintance. But, the person on the other end of the phone had just cold-called me. No credit card down. No signature on the dotted line. Not even a calendar appointment. So, Saturday morning rolls around and, guess what?

I decided to go to yoga class instead…

Now, I wasn’t dishonest when I said I’d go. And, nothing happened on Saturday morning to prevent me from going… So, why did my willPower sputter? Why did my action diverge from words? Because I simply wasn’t “that” committed…

We avoid COMMITMENT, we fear it…we even say we don’t need it, but we do…if the goal / challenge / journey / relationship / what’s at stake…is a big one. So, the task this week is to befriend the word, COMMITMENT…not as chains binding you, but as the freedom it carries you toward.

Once you become committed, your excuses will naturally lessen, and your capacity will extend naturally because you are willing to go through more.” ~Peter Voogd

COMMITMENT is the perfect word to follow BELIEVE. Your heart won’t be in it until you believe, but your head won’t be in it until you commit. We need both — head and heart.

…inspiration is very short term; it feels good in the moment but doesn’t last past the activity producing it.” ~Peter Voogd

We know this to be true about inspiration. We’re moved by it. We might even be moved into action. But, inspiration is difficult to maintain when we become depleted, fatigued, bored, angry, scared, or in any way “defeated”. In these moments of weakness, we send an invitation to our ego to save us with excuses, hesitation, and old patterns of behavior. Yet, if we make a COMMITMENT, we find a way to override the willPower “fail”.

Take the Five Steps to Commitment:

  1. Sign up, enroll, register…put your money where your mouth is!
  2. Publicly declare, write it down, share with another.
  3. Hold a ritual, ceremony, or something to commemorate.
  4. Circle the date — either the date of the event or a periodic date (e.g. anniversary).
  5. Reward, renew, reevaluate, revise as needed.
Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.