Self Care Saturday: The Art of Commitment

“Commitment is doing the thing you said you’d do, long after the mood you said it in has left you.”

We all love to be motivated. That feeling of pure excitement, eagerness, and determination is such a powerful sensation. It makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning and accomplish everything on your to-do list. While working when motivated is easy, the feeling usually fades rather quickly. If you really want to accomplish your goals you need to be committed to them.

Merriam Webster dictionary defines commitment as “an agreement or pledge to do something in the future.”

If you want to be committed to something, you can’t let feelings of the moment distract from the ultimate end result. You’ll have to work when you don’t feel like it and remind yourself of what really matters. Lately, I have been feeling pretty unmotivated. I have goals that I want to accomplish, like blogging more consistently, putting more effort into my fashion, and finishing the online digital marketing course that I started. Working from home has made me more lazy and I haven’t really been as on top of things as I’d like to be. It’s so easy to make excuse after excuse about why something can’t be done or why you don’t have enough time. You could either make excuses or you could be proactive and allow yourself to reap the results of hard work. If you are struggling with committing to your goals, the first thing you could do to overcome the issue is changing your mindset. Your mindset is telling you that you want to give into your current feelings. If you would rather commit to the life you see for yourself, practice how you view it. Instead of feeling annoyed that have tasks ahead of you, view it as a journey and a gift. You have the opportunity to work towards your goals. You are fortunate to be in the position that you are in. Viewing it from this mindset will allow you to understand that this is a gift rather than a burden.

I find that I do a better job of committing to my goals when I approach them with not only healthy mind, but a healthy body. So much of your mental state is dependent on your physical state. If you are eating garbage and hardly getting your body moving, you’ll be in a more sluggish, negative state of mind, leaving you more unwilling to do difficult work that needs to be done. When I want to be in a productive state of mind I ensure that I have a productive morning. Morning routines are an essential part of high performance because they set the tone for your entire day. In order to have a productive day I make sure that I:

  1. Get plenty of sleep the night before
  2. Eat well and drink water
  3. Exercise

Practicing a healthy lifestyle will give your body the stamina that you need to get to stay focused. Achieving your goals won’t always be easy, it will take having the discipline to work when you would rather play. Give yourself the gift of accomplishing your goals.

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