Whenever I start something new, I’m always excited and hopeful about the results and the outcome – especially if it’s something to do with being healthier and feeling my best. But sometimes, it takes longer than I thought it would and the newness starts to wear off. Then I just want to be done with it and am sometimes tempted to give up on it because the mood I was in when I started it is long gone. Has that happened to you? Other times the fear of failure has kept me from starting something new or finishing what I started.
Commitment is doing the things you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.
It is especially easy to feel that way when you are trying to restore your health. Sometimes things get worse before they get better, and it seems like the process is not working. That’s when it’s the hardest to keep moving forward, but the secret to getting through to the other side is to keep working on whatever it is you are trying to accomplish.
When you truly commit to something, you have to trust yourself to figure out how to accomplish it one step at a time and adjust your course as you go. If you give up before you reach the end, then it wasn’t something that you were committed to.
Best-selling author Kenneth Blanchard puts it like this: “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
What Do You Want To Commit To In Your Life?
Committing to something takes effort and dedication. It means not giving up when things don’t seem to be changing, when the people around you don’t understand or give you the support you need, and especially when what you’re working towards seems like it may never happen. Everything takes time and commitment when there is change involved.
Here are some of the things I am committed to:
- I am committed to living a healthy life.
- I am committed to empowering and inspiring others to live a healthy life.
- I am committed to never ending self-improvement.
Each day I want to grow, even when things seem hard, and I want to retreat. I will move forward, try new things and be open to new possibilities because I have learned that true growth comes from stepping outside my comfort zone.
Are you letting your deep down fear of change get in the way of doing what you really want to do (or in some cases what you need to do)? You may know what you want the end result to be, but actually getting there is a different story. There are no guarantees when starting something new. We will struggle. We will even miss the mark on some things, but we must keep trying and making the effort to keep moving towards what we are committed to. It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop!
So what things are you committed to in your life? Write them down and post them someplace that you can see them each day. When we surround ourselves with reminders, it makes it so much easier to stay committed.
Navigating Your Journey
We are all on a journey, and we all have maps we use to navigate life…and most lead us around discomfort instead of through it. The trouble is, those comfortable paths have destructive patterns, hard ingrained habits, and self-sabotaging thoughts. It is up to us to recognize where we have chosen comfort at the expense of our spiritual, physical, and mental health.
Easy isn’t always better. When we go through trials, we are being made stronger for our purpose. Don’t fight the process! – Sandi Krakowski
This is a journey I’m on myself, a path that has led me to who I am today: The woman who knows herself better, loves herself more, and cares for herself so that in turn, she can fully offer her best to the world around her. However, I haven’t always been so confident, and I didn’t always walk this path, much less invite others on it with me. For most of my life, I suffered from lots of self-doubts and extra weight. I searched for happiness and wellness through quick fixes…which always led to inconsistent, short-lived results.
Over the past several years, I have been on a journey to plant my feet firmly on the ground and empower and love myself as I walk along my own road to a healthy life.
What I now know is: COMMITMENT + DISCIPLINE + SELF LOVE = A HEALTHY, HAPPIER LIFE. Before you dismiss me as an exception to the “life is hard” rule, know that this journey was not (and is not) easy. It won’t be for you either, just so you know. It is going to get uncomfortable, but it is also going to get better.
I believe that moving out of your comfort zone is the ticket to awareness and living a healthy life. I also believe:
- In honoring your body and life by making sure everything in it is natural and healthy.
- That some of the basics of healthy living are: mindset, nutrition, movement, and love.
- That nutritional and emotional well-being are linked and must be thoughtfully considered together.
- That self-love, self-care, and self-awareness are anything but selfish. They are, instead, the root of a healthy life.
What do you believe? What are you willing to do to step out of your comfort zone? What will you commit to in order to get the life you really want and feel the way you want to feel?
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