Commitment, as in committing to ourselves, seems so easy at the beginning, high off the back of some inspiration or insight.
We’ve made the decision. We’ve understood it. We’ve may also have FELT it in our soul (Note: FEELINGS are the real driver of any lasting commitment).
THIS IS IT! No going back. Things will change NOW. We will change NOW.
Only the days get filled with the busyness of life and work then somehow that knowingness dwindles, fear creeps in and, along with it, the commitment to this new way of thinking and being that we thought we had embodied wanes.
Commitment requires so much of ourselves. It has nothing to do with will-power. Discipline, yes. Not in a beat-yourself-up kinda way (though butt-kicking is essential at times) but discipline in a way that feels good because the desired results WILL feel GOOD.
We can be committed in our heads but unless we commit with our hearts it just isn’t going to last or at least not without detriment to some aspect of our lives; health, relationships, work, passions, money, purpose or truth.
Commitment is simply a regular practise.
A DAILY practise.
Or several times a day. Hell even a moment by moment practise of RE-COMMITTING if needed!
Commitment to the attainment of the actual result will not keep us committed.
Commitment to the WHAT the desired results are and the FEELINGS they bring and then doing whatever we can to bring those feelings into the PRESENT MOMENT, will.
So my commitment to my mission of permission is a DAILY (or moment-by-moment practise). It is #non-negotiable. NON-negotiable. Not with anyone or anything and above all not myself.
Whatever I need to do, I WILL do.
I am ALL IN.
I will show-up to this commitment EVERYDAY no matter what.
My life depends on it.
The life I desire to create DEPENDS on my commitment to my cause: PerMISSION ME.
Of course I have many other ’causes’, passions, goals, purposes and responsibilities in life, all of which are important to me or necessary. But unless I am fully expressing myself I cannot bring my BEST SELF to any of them.
Do you see? It’s not selfish to put you first. It is ESSENTIAL to all those you love too.
This blog is an example of my DAILY practise and commitment to myself.
My routine of meditation, journalling, visioning, goals and intention setting and writing before the rest of the house wake-up is another DAILY practise and commitment to myself.
If it means getting up at 5am DAILY, so be it. Yes it requires discipline but the benefits outweigh extra sleep. So when this routine slips (and it does from time to time) then I focus on how I will FEEL if I have carried out this commitment to myself and then there is no question. I get up.
The same is true for practising yoga. Or going for a run. Or eating clean food. I want to feel energised, motivated, inspired, focussed and fit. I commit to this feeling by doing the work.
But I am not a task-master or a robot. I have got to know the difference between my excuses and my truth. I listen to my emotions and my body. If I have emotions that need to be acknowledged and expressed, I commit to that. If I am poorly or exhausted, I commit to to rest and recovery.
What does PerMISSION YOU look and feel like? What can you do to bring that feeling into your life now? What small changes or new daily habits do you need to create?
Giving yourself the PERMISSION to be/do/ have/FEEL whatever YOU desire is the catalyst.
COMMITTING to your cause is the change.
You’re cause is worth it.
YOU are worth it.