If I set my alarm clock for 6:00 AM stating that I am going to start my day by working out, do I snooze my alarm several times, skip the chance to work out and decide I deserve a little more sleep? If I do this day after day, am I keeping my word to myself?
If I tell myself I want to lose weight and treat my body with greater respect, giving it the raw materials that it needs to do its job, do I then justify eating treats, sweets or foods that I had determined to avoid? Am I treating myself with integrity and honesty?
When I ignore my to do list and the steps that I determined would be best to help me reach my goals, and stall, distract myself, get busy in a less important task or spend an hour on Facebook, then I am lying to myself and breaking the deal I made with myself.
If I compromise with myself and neglect to follow through with what I have told myself I will do, then I begin to feel guilt and don't even believe myself anymore. Since I have to live with me for the rest of my life, isn't it important that I know I can count on myself and that I will do what I have determined is in my own best interest?
If you, like me, have not been keeping your word to yourself, then you may be interested in what Troy suggests. Create a "culture of winning" by setting baby steps in the direction of your larger goal that are attainable. When you experience success and have kept your word, this will fuel you to take the next step. You create positive momentum and you begin to believe YOU again.
Want to lose weight? Set your goal, create some specific baby steps to get you to that goal (eliminating soda, adding a green smoothie, drinking more water) and start to conquer one of these baby steps. Once that step is in place, add the next step.
Is the clutter in your house driving you crazy? Set up some small baby steps (one drawer, pile or closet each day or week). Once you begin to see some success, you will feel energy, excitement and momentum will build. More importantly, you will begin to believe yourself again and grow in confidence and self-esteem.
I have been slacking on exercise lately and making excuses for not visiting the gym where I have a membership. I know I need to get back into a routine and so I am publically committing myself to going to the gym every Tuesday and Thursday morning, no later than 7:00 AM. You can hold me to that, but most importantly, I want to do this for myself.