We all start a new year, a new job, a new relationship with good intentions. The thing that we lack after the first few weeks is commitment.
Commitment isn’t just a word that you utter in the midst of a heated conversation. “Yes, I promise to do that.” “I’m definitely making that change today!” “I’m starting that right now!”
I’m guilty of it, too. I hear an idea. I see a new “thing” that sounds awesome, and I’m on it. I want to give it a shot. And then maybe I get bored or I don’t give it a chance to work the way it is supposed to and I’m quickly on to the next thing. I didn’t commit to it.
So what is the secret to staying committed? How can you start being committed?
“WHAT IS THAT ONE THING RIGHT NOW THAT YOU ARE FINALLY READY TO ACHIEVE AT ALL COSTS?”
If you are ready to be awesome, here are 11 ways to get started. Started staying completely committed
1. Commit to Knowing Who You Are
How often do you sit down and really take the time to question yourself and your motives?
Is it just at the end of each year when you are reevaluating your life? Or do you always follow your gut, walk to the beat of your own drum, and walk away when something doesn’t give you peace anymore?
It’s important to know you are — and if you don’t, it’s important to figure it out.
So think about it. What kind of person are you? What kind of person do you want to be? And then stick to it.
2. Commit to Your Path
Yes, it is completely possible for your path to change. If you were with us last month, we talked every single day about your purpose FOR NOW.
Change is inevitable. But your path, while you are on it, should be your commitment. Once you pick your path, you should be all in. One hundred percent. And then don’t stop until you get to the end goal you had set for yourself.
Whether it’s losing 10 lbs or 100 lbs, you have got to stick with it until you get there. And if you need to set small goals like 10 lbs, 10 times until you get to the 100, then do that.
The key is to stay completely committed.
3. Commit to Your Personal Relationships
Whether it is making time for your wife, your kids, or just taking time to walk your four-legged best friend — committing to your relationships is one of the best ways to start on your journey of complete commitment.
“IT’S EASY TO GET LOST IN THE HUSTLE OF BUSINESS AND FORGET ABOUT WHAT TRULY MATTERS.”
It’s understandable that everybody gets busy, but make sure you aren’t too busy to spend even twenty minutes a day, letting those you appreciate and love, know you appreciate and love them.
4. Commit to Your Physical Health
You’ve made your resolutions. You’ve cut out the sugar. You’ve been to the gym at least three times a week. You’ve cut out meat from your diet. You’ve added extra meat to your diet. Whatever the case.
But you are losing momentum. Now is the time to re-commit. Even if you have to commit again every single month this year, just commit – even short term- for just one more month. Completely!
And then next month you can re-commit again. And again each month after. If you can’t go all in, take the baby steps!
5. Commit to Your Mental Health
Read the book. Take the class. Meet the friend. Commit to doing the things that make you laugh, make you happy, and basically make your life better.
And if that doesn’t help, don’t feel bad about seeking professional help for what ails you mentally. Sometimes positive thinking doesn’t always do the trick. Sometimes you need someone else who has no dog in the fight to hear you out.
If you aren’t at your best, you can’t give your best to anyone else. So commit to being mentally fit as well as physically.
6. Commit to Your Financial Health
If your saving habits pale in comparison to your spending habits, it’s time to make a new commitment. Start with a six-month emergency fund. Then work your way up to saving 20% of what you make.
Shop at discount clothing and food surplus stores. Make shopping lists. Stick to them. Save your pennies. Maximize your employer’s retirement (if it’s offered) or build your own Roth through Betterment.
Give yourself a giving budget — so you can be generous without being broke. Whew! Finances are tough, but once you commit to getting them on track, you’ll be glad you did.
7. Commit to the Hunger
There is something to be said about the human spirit — and human behavior — when hunger comes into play. Commit to your success the same way you commit to finding food when you are famished.
Question everything. Thirst for more knowledge. You don’t know it all — in your field or in life. So when you can’t figure something out or when you are just plain curious, commit to finding the answer — from an actual human being.
Google is great, but Google won’t introduce you to someone in your field who may be able to teach you something new.
“COMMIT TO FEEDING YOUR HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE, NEW SKILLS, AND BETTERING YOURSELF.”
8. Commit to Excellence
Don’t half step. If you’re going to do it, do it the best you can. Set your expectations high enough to reach them but not so high you continuously let yourself down.
Sure it seems easier said than done, but lots of people are pulling it off. So work hard, risk failure, be consistent. If you slip, get back up and keep going.
Don’t beat yourself up but do commit to excellence in business and in life in general.
9. Commit to Trying New Things
So maybe you don’t have to say “YES” when your crazy brother-in-law asks you to go skydiving (unless that’s on your bucket list), but don’t turn down every invitation to step outside of your comfort zone.
Go paint the picture. Sing the song. Go on the date. Eat the sushi. Try the new business plan. You don’t have to say yes to everything, but committing to saying yes more often than you say no will increase your quality of life tenfold.
10. Commit to Boldness
It’s OK to make the first move. It’s OK to ask for what you want. It’s OK to do something unpredictable. It’s OK to take risks. It’s OK to commit to boldness.
Say the things that need to be said. Do the things that need to be done. Even if those things are looked upon unfavorably. And do them unapologetically.
If you commit to being passive, the world will be happy to pass you by. So stand up, be seen, be heard, be bold.
11. Commit to Changing the World
Whether it is teaching your children to say “Please” and “Thank You” or teaching a room full of people how to do CPR — commit to doing one thing that will help make the world a better place.
Donate your time. Donate your money. Donate your clothing. Pick up someone else’s trash and throw it away.
You don’t have to start your own soup kitchen, but you could volunteer at one weekly or monthly and help change a life. It may even be your own that changes.
Here is an empowering truth about commitment. It isn’t something big or audacious.
“THE MISCONCEPTION ABOUT COMMITMENT IS THAT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE SOME BIG GRAND GESTURE OR THAT COMMITMENT NEEDS TO MATCH THE GRANDEUR.”
That is completely opposite the truth. Follow through is the key to commitment. So, don’t plan on doing everything on this list. Start small. One at a time. One day at a time. One week at a time.
Staying completely committed is more about consistency than quantity. Small changes make a big difference.
By the way, if you need a boost to help you stay committed, download the FREE February Calendar of Awesomeness.
Grab the calendar used by superstars to guarantee you get things done each day.
- Keep Track of Tasks – Write down everything that needs to get done and by when
- Live With Intention – Every day starts with you reminding yourself of what matters most
- Manage Daily Priorities – Follow the 1/3/5 methodology used by superstars everywhere
- Improve Your Health – Log what you eat for each meal and the water you are drinking
- Develop Better Habits – Remind yourself each day about new skills you’re working on