HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMITMENT AND BE MORE PRODUCTIVE
Commitment is a fundamental component of achieving something greater than your present state of being. Want to get into better shape? Commit to eating healthy, exercising, and getting more sleep. Want to become a better writer? Commit to writing – even on the days you don’t want to. Want to learn a new language? Commit to practicing every single day. You get the picture; simply show up, day after day, and you will progress.
If achieving greatness was as simple as doing something for a day, or even a week, we would all be living our dreams. The reality is, the best things in life take time to develop, and they don’t necessarily come easy. They require strategic planning and a rock solid commitment to that plan – even (or especially) when it is difficult.
Commitment means you will have days where you just don’t want to show up, but you do it anyway. It requires you to stay focused, and not get sidetracked by ‘shiny objects’, like social media, the news, and junk food, just to name a few.
Even though we all have the ability to commit, sometimes the act of committing requires practice in and of itself. If you are following along with the weekly challenges, you are already well on your way – following through with a new challenge each week requires commitment.
This month’s challenges have been structured around incorporating four core methods of developing commitment; setting clear intentions, scheduling, limiting distractions, and practicing self-discipline.
Challenge 1: Psychologically committing through ‘I Am Power Statements’
One of the hardest parts about committing to a goal is starting. The idea of initiating and following through with a task can be a heck of a lot worse than the actual act. By starting off every morning with an empowering I am statement you can shift your psychological perspective and give yourself a leg up.
Challenge 2: Supporting commitment through Scheduling
We all live busy lives that are filled with work, chores, and daily tasks. Taking a few minutes at the end of each day to schedule in your necessary tasks alongside your goals will act as a life raft in your personal transformation.
Challenge 3: Limiting Temptations and Distractions through a Daily Digital Detox
The purpose of this challenge is to limit distractions and temptations in the morning. The period immediately following waking plays an important role in determining how the rest of the day will go. Limiting distractions will provide the focus required to stay committed to your goals.
Challenge 4: Practicing Self Discipline by Going to Bed 10 Minutes Early
Self discipline is an essential component of developing commitment. This challenge will exercise self discipline, while also putting an extra focus on your nighttime routine.
Commitment is something that will arise in every aspect of life, and will require continual work. There is no point in which you can definitively say you have conquered commitment – it just doesn’t work that way. There will be days, or even weeks, that you just don’t feel like showing up. And that is ok – life is not meant to be a bootcamp, and it is important to know when to let your foot off the gas and take a rest, and when to stamp down on that pedal even harder. No one achieved their best self without committing.