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Make a Commitment to Yourself

Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk about accomplishing a scary goal while not progressing to make it happen? I sure do. And I know that it’s my fear that is causing me to stall. What helps me make some movement is to make a commitment to myself.

When you commit to achieving your goal, you change your outlook from “I wish…” to “I will…” which is crucial to realizing your goal. It also helps by playing a little trick on yourself that changes your perspective. You can start to tell yourself:

“I have to achieve my goal because I said I would.” – You, after making a commitment to yourself.

Even if you only say to yourself that you must achieve your goal, in addition to being motivated by all of the benefits that accomplishing your goal will bring, you’ve now added to your motivation a desire to live up to your word.

Commitment equals one less excuse for you to hesitate on working toward your goal.

The importance of deciding that you’ll achieve your goal cannot be understated. When you create a higher level of commitment, it makes acting on it easier for you because you’ve simplified the decision-making process: you’ve removed the option to say no. No more waffling! You could even formalize your commitment using one of the templates described in this article.

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Parks

When fear is holding you back from accomplishing your goal, you need all the help you can get to boost your motivation so that you can put fear off to the side while you take steps toward your goal. Deciding to make it happen will help you switch from dragging your feet to pouring your energy into realizing your goal.

What will you commit to?

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