Sunday, 8 June 2014

How To Stick To ANY Commitment

So you've decided to do something (yay!) and you've begun to take the first steps to carry it out, whether that's buying paint, wallpaper or maybe just a general toolkit.

You're doing great, you're on a roll when the doubts begin to kick in and the negativity starts.

What if you can't do this?

What if you can't redecorate the room/ finally write that novel/ finally do that massive project that you'd been putting off for ages?

Before you freak out entirely, try these tips!
  1. Tell someone what you are going to do.Tell your parents, your spouse, your siblings, your friends- hell, tell that random woman who makes conversation with you at the bus stop- just tell someone. Why? Because if you tell someone, chances are they are going to keep on asking you how it's going and you're going to want to give them a good answer.
  2. Post it online.Let the world know what you're going to do. For example, I am planning on writing a book- most likely an ebook. It is because I have announced this to others online numerous times that has forced me to commit to it- even though it has meant I have had to write and rewrite scenes numerous times and, most recently, plan out and alter my entire plot so that the story is realistic and makes sense.
  3. Give yourself a deadline.Think it through, make sure that it's realistic, and then stick it everywhere! On cupboard doors, on the fridge, in your room, the area that you'll be carrying your project out- everywhere!
    Or, if you've used the first two tips, tell those people your deadline. Knowing that others expect you to have it done for a certain time will help to drag you to your project, even if you may not particularly feel like doing it.
And if none of these tips work, ask yourself this: do you really want to have this commitment? Really?

When you commit to something, you are basically announcing that you are going to take the time to do it. Part of your energy will be put towards it and chances are it will be testing at times.

We all struggle to follow through with commitments sometimes but if you're constantly looking for an excuse not to do it or if it's making you completely miserable then maybe it's not really a commitment. Maybe it's a temporary fancy that's soon lost it's appeal.

If it's an errant idea that is no longer holding any weight then don't be afraid to let it go. Why? Because by letting it go you are allowing the commitments that you really want to do come forward and your energy will be better spent.

So come on, announce it to the world: what are you committing to? Let us all know in the comments!

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