There are few feelings better than starting something – committing to it and then achieving it; it reinforces belief in yourself and reaffirms confidence. Commitment is something that can be easy to voice, but it is much harder in practice to follow through on. Commitment can take many forms, from relationships to our partner, family, friends or jobs (etc) and means you are giving a confirmed piece of yourself or your time to that thing – it builds relationship trust and nurtures long-term happiness.
Being committed creates new habits as a by-product of the commitment, these habits all lead to happiness and create an environment for success and long-term affirmation to grow, but what are they:
Stop saying “tomorrow”
‘I need to book in that meeting’, ‘I should call my friend’, ‘I don’t want to go to the dentist’……’I’ll just do that tomorrow’. How many of us fall into the tomorrow trap? Committed people will take the time needed to do something when it crops up; otherwise, a snowball effect occurs. If you are committed to a productive life, then this will allow you to keep your life ‘admin’ under control.
No one is going to become committed for you, nor spend time teaching you how to do it (unless you want to pay for it). Research your own strategies on how to stay committed to tasks and get them achieved; some will work, some won’t, but every day you will have to motivate yourself to stay on top of things, no one’s there to remind you.
Light a fire in your imagination
Becoming committed to something means you will set your mind to achieving it no matter the obstacles and hardships occur; this way of thinking evokes problem solving and lights a fire in your imagination. The older we get the more we forget the power of imagination; visualise that end goal – it will make you ready for the day ahead and fill you with tenacity to reach your dreams.
Many experts recommend using visualisation techniques when facing obstacles; this is used to help those who suffer from anxiety but can also be used to help self-motivate yourself. Think of what you have committed to achieving and visualise how you will get there and what it will feel like when you do. Have you committed to running a marathon, visualise how it would feel and hold onto that when you start running?
Nearly every situation can be improved by positivity. Positivity is a very powerful mind tool to use to build your confidence and see the best in every situation. Fear of failure breeds self-sabotage, even if you don’t believe it; you will eventually sabotage your own plans. Positive thinking can help negate this and keep you on the path to success.
All of these habits are very transferable to other parts of your life, you will notice how more productive and motivated you are in every aspect of your life. Give it a go! Let me know how you get on.