Commit to being Committed
Updated: May 14, 2021
Last week I shared a post on social media about hitting a milestone with my health. At the beginning of June, I decided to make a dent in my weight and committed to my first 10 lb weight loss goal within a three month period.
I put protocols in place like intermittently fasting and cut out sugar and white flour (for the most part). However, after the first month of not loosing a damn pound - I wanted to throw the goal in the garbage and hoard my favorite snacky food - chocolate chip cookies.
Frustrated, my oldest son advised me to stay the course. He mentioned that while all the protocols I had put in place didn't change anything the first month, if I kept at it - the weight would come off.
I listened to him and also started to pay attention to when I wanted the cookies. I found my go to line of "one cookie won't hurt"...actually hurts big time. Because for me, that one sentence is the gateway to the whole box.
Identifying this obstacle, I decided to create a strategy for when those urges came up so I could stay committed with the same excitement I had when I set the goal.
Guess what? It worked. Six weeks later I'm just 2 lbs away from my 10 lbs weightless goal.
How often do you find yourself uncommitted to your goal when you hit roadblocks?
This week I want to share three strategies to help you stay committed to your personal and/or professional goals.
1) MAKE A LIST OF OBSTACLES THAT CAN GET IN YOUR WAY.
As you set your goal, list out all the things that might possibly sprout up and cause you to go off course or want to quit. Get detailed about each obstacle. Write them down.
2) CREATE A STRATEGY AHEAD OF TIME FOR EACH OBSTACLE.
Create a plan for what you will do for each obstacle that might arise. Having a plan of action BEFORE it happens is key for a few reasons; it'll eliminate the surprise away when something does go not as planned. The strategy to overcome each obstacle ties you back to your goal. Reminding you why you're doing this in the first place.
3) CREATE AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER.
Have someone you can check in. People make better choices and perform at a higher level when they know they are being watched by others. The reasoning is simple—when you're accountable for your actions, you will work harder.
"Commited gets you across the finish line."
How committed are you?
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