Being able to do something long after the emotional moment we said we would do it is commitment. We say we will get thinner, eat healthier, and exercise regularly, but in times of change, upset, scheduling issues, or social events, we too easily resort to our uncommitted behavior. It's easy to establish a goal we feel committed to, but not so easy to stick with it when temptation comes along.
In our mind we start to make excuses or rational lies that allow us off the hook of our previous stated desire. It's a holiday. It's a birthday party. It's out with friends. We can rationalize any reason to get off our weight loss regimen. In fact there are often negative cheerleaders coaxing us to break our commitments.
It seems that even our closest connections will ask and even beg us to get into a situation that is nearly impossible to resist or say no. Why would someone who cares for us tempt us to break our own vow? The answer is simpler than you might think.
When we are committed to something like our health, it shines a spotlight on the poor lifestyle choices of those around us. Those around us are most often those closest to us. It may also be those we spend the greatest amount of time with, like our co-workers. When the spotlight of healthy behaviors gets to close to most people, they subconsciously try to break us from our commitments and have us re-join the "reasonable" people.
Everyone knows when they are overeating, making poor choices, and being lazy. We may not correlate it to our poor health initially, but taking the path of least resistance is a normal human and animal behavior. It's easier to eat the high calorie burger and fries than to search or prepare grilled fish and a salad. It's easier to get the candy bar than to find the fruit.
When we make the commitment to ourselves, we must place reminders in full view all day and night. A picture on the fridge door or our bathroom mirror is a great reminder of our goal. A reminder in our phone or watch can keep us in line. Something as simple as a 3 x 5 card with our goal on it can help us toe the line.
We said we wanted to get more fit, leaner, and healthier. We did really mean it. We want it in the worst way. When we make the commitment, take the time to prepare for any potential derailment from the quest. Have proper snacks with you. Have good excuses ready as to why you can't go out for lunch on a whim. Schedule an exercise meeting on your calendar regularly and keep it just as you would for an important business client.
When we train and learn to keep our commitments to our health, life will be lighter, more energetic, and we will look amazing (like we wanted). Let this be the year for all of us to make meaningful, life-changing commitments to ourselves and work harder than we do at anything else not to break them.
We can Live Lean, Live Long, and Live Life to the Fullest!