Notes on Commitment

So when you start something new, it’s usually easy to start it. You get excited about the possibilities. You have a lot of energy to give you a boost in the right direction. You haven’t ever done it before, so you don’t have an established pattern of resistance to break through. So that’s how things start.

But then, a few days, weeks or months into your new program or plan, it’s easy (and entirely natural) to want to bail on the whole thing. Very compelling thoughts creep into your head…thoughts that would allow you to rationally give this new commitment up, see it as wrong-headed and ill-planned, realize that the goal you planned isn’t that important to you anyway. Worse yet, sometimes we even start telling ourselves that we don’t deserve this thing that we thought we really wanted, or that we’re not truly capable of accomplishing it, given our weak nature. And hey–wouldn’t it be easier to just go back to “normal” and the way things always were? After all, you’re used to it and it’s always been enough or okay for you in the past…and it’s sooooooooooo much easier than change.

Well, that’s all normal.

But I’m committed to breaking through what’s normal for me. I suck at blogging. Only post randomly when I feel like it. Yet I know how important it is to blog frequently and on a regular basis.

And to combat that second paragraph, I’m writing this one. See, I signed up to write 10 blog posts in 10 days. I am walking out the door as soon as I hit “publish” to go have a drink with a girlfriend (a very rare treat since I normally can’t stay up past 9pm…). And since I promised two girlfriends I’d write everyday for 10 days, and as easy as it would be for me to justify this “special evening” as a good excuse to forgo my commitment, that just won’t do.

So there. I blogged.

Yahoo! Feels awesome to follow through on my commitment, even when I didn’t really feel like it and had lots of other really good things to do.


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