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