Make your commitment a reality...
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality”. Wise words. As we reflect upon that, keep in mind we are now over half way through 2016. What promises have you made to yourself? To others?
Have you taken action? Where could you improve? In last week’s newsletter, “Five exercises to a better body…(Part 2)”, I shared with you my self-imposed 21-day pull-up/push-up challenge. Each and every day, I do three pull-ups followed by 10 push-ups and repeat three times. No exceptions. I was recently on vacation without access to a great pull-up bar and I had a cold so wasn’t feeling the best. Did I give myself a pass? I’m on vacation after all and I didn’t feel 100% so why not let it slide? Why? Because I made a commitment. I want to improve my strength and pull-up ability so I started (and will finish) a 21-day challenge. Period. That 21-day challenge isn’t difficult; it just takes action. We need to keep challenging ourselves, moving the dial, and keeping our commitment. Even when we don’t feel like it, are lacking motivation, or energy, that is when it is THE most important; when we don’t feel like doing the work but we push through any way. I promise you, that is the “secret sauce”. Why 21-days? I’ve completed 30-day challenges and 21-day challenges. The number of days isn’t so much important as the commitment to completing an action for a set number of consecutive days. Interestingly, the “two” in 21-days is balance, or yin, the feminine aspect and the “one” is for yang, the masculine aspect. There is a balancing aspect of these opposite, yet complementary forces. If you struggling with your commitments, here are a few things to consider:
Share with friends your goal(s) / post on social media; this can help with accountability
Schedule days/time on your calendar to work on your commitments; just like you would go to an appointment on a set day/time, so too can you put time into your goals
Designate a place in your home, yard, or public place i.e. gym that you work on your goals
Journal your daily progress
Now back to you. What promises did you make for 2016? Now…make those promises…a reality... To your journey, Lisa Schaffer GreenNote Fitness P.S. Checkout my Facebook page for inspiration. **Do you have a friend that would benefit from this information? Please forward it to them!**