We tend to make a lot of commitments throughout our lives. Perhaps you made a commitment to a college degree when you first began your life as an adult. Many of us make a commitment to a significant other for the bulk of our lives and some of us continue that commitment to our children. We dedicate so much of our life (inside and outside of the workplace) to others that sometimes we forget to make the most important commitment of all: the commitment we should make to ourselves.
Now, each person is different, which is what makes us all so fabulous, but it also means that every person’s commitment is going to be different from the person next to them. For some, the commitment they make to themselves is the commitment to be a great parent and a loving partner. For others, their commitment might be to find happiness in their career. Whatever your commitment is, I challenge you to put as much time and effort into it as you do for all of the other commitments in your life. How can you go about making this commitment to yourself?
Put it in writing.
Do you ever notice how a grocery trip always goes more smoothly when you have a list? The same simple concept goes for making a commitment to yourself. Write down the commitment you’re making as well as all of the steps you feel are necessary to achieve the full commitment to your goal. This gives you something to turn to when you start veering off course.
Take it one step at a time.
As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your commitment to a better self will not happen overnight, as much as you may want it to. Have some patience and take each day as it comes. You will hit some speed bumps, but if you’re not speeding, the impact will hurt a heck of a lot less.
Make the time for your commitment.
Self-improvement takes time and effort. You spend so much of your day fulfilling your commitment to work, to school or, to your children that it may seem almost impossible to find the time to make a commitment to yourself. Still, make the time. At first, it will feel awkward and somewhat unnatural to take time out of your day to give back to yourself, but over time, I’m fairly certain you’ll begin to love that time.
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