Commitment happens one breath at a time.
It's Monday morning and you are lying in bed trying to decide if you are going to get up early and go to the gym before you have to be at the office at 9. You KNOW you will feel better after you've finished a workout and yet....you lie there....contemplating. "Do I really want to go work out?" Your mind is filling with a half dozen reasons why it would be a good day to skip the gym, sleep in and "maybe go later tonight."
Sound familiar? You probably wouldn't be human if you said no.
Commitment.....that's what happens the moment you make a decision to stay true to what's important in your life. Regardless of whether it's a big decision, like changing your career, or even a seemingly small decision, like flossing your teeth before you go to bed, any decision is an opportunity to take action, or not. And sometimes, especially at 6 in the morning, taking action while you are lying there is your warm bed just isn't very appealing. But the image of yourself sitting by a pool weighing ten pounds less than the YOU lying right there under the covers is appealing. Ready to put your feet on the ground yet?
Here's the cool thing about commitment: it's a great way to keep your "gremlin" at a slight distance. Gremlin is a term coined by my friend and mentor, Rick Carson, author of Taming Your Gremlin, to describe the narrator in your mind. Your gremlin's intention is to make you miserable by distracting you with outdated information, memories of failures from the past and fear of flubbing things up in the future. We all have a gremlin. Too bad - but true. The good news is that we can learn to tame him, by noticing our decisions and choosing to say yes to decisions that help us keep the promises we make to ourselves. If, over and over again, you commit yourself to saying yes to the exercise schedule you've set for yourself, over time your gremlin will begin to leave you alone. And you will begin to create, in real time, the vision of yourself actually becoming a slimmer, healthier you.