How To Stay Committed
How committed are you?
Do you find yourself falling short in the area of accountability often? I know it is hard to take a good hard look at ourselves, but this is a really important question to ask.
I have to admit, in the past I have cancelled plenty of commitments that I had made.
“I’m too tired”
“I have other family commitments”
“I’m in pain”
These are just some of the
reasons (*clears throat* excuses) I had allowed myself, in order to have an escape from something I said that I would dedicate my time to. Sound familiar?
In my defense, I also used to have a problem with not being able to say, “No.” Maybe that is familiar to you also? I have definitely had to learn how to set boundaries along this life journey. Now I can say “No” (without regret) quite easily…see I just said it twice 😉 “No, no, no”…not that hard really.
Ok, so moving on…
One day, a few months back, I was listening to a service by Joyce Meyer. I am going to tell you right now, I LOVE Joyce. I think you either love her or you are terrified by her, because she is strong, bold, honest, and well…she just gives it to you!! I LOVE it!!
So, here I am listening to her and she says,
“YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE MISSING THESE DAYS?!”
No, Joyce, I don’t! Tell me, because you’ve got my attention!!
“THEY ARE MISSING COMMITMENT!!”, she says.
This really hit me deep. It resonated with my soul. It changed me from that moment forward.
I have to say, from that moment forward, I have been a changed person in regards to commitment. I think I can honestly say that I have gone from a 7 to a 9 (on a scale of 0 – 10 from completely uncommitted to a commitment rockstar!). I don’t get a 10, because I still fail in terms of goal setting. I say that I am going to post a blog twice per week, but there are times that I fall through on that. There are times when I tell myself that I am going to be more patient with my husband, and then I feel myself getting annoyed. There are times when I lie to myself and say that I will just have one piece of (you insert your favorite food here), and then I indulge in just a bite more.
There is always room for improvement, right?
However, NOW, when I am feeling tired and less than motivated to following through on something, when I do not really feel like honoring my word…
I hear Joyce, SCREAMING IN MY EAR…
“DO YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE MISSING THESE DAYS?!”
That is all I need,
that less than gentle reminder,
to get myself going
and to be committed to my word.
How committed are you on a scale of 0 – 10. Be honest with yourself.
reasons excuses do you use when you want to back out of a commitment?
Tell me, what areas of your life would benefit from greater commitment?
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