Ah yes, the ‘C’ word. Lots of people tremble in fear of….commitment…of ANY kind. Don’t like your cell phone? Get a different one. Want different TV options? Switch packages. Your house isn’t exactly perfect? Get a different one. (popular TV home makeover/real estate shows do not help people see the light on this one). Tired of the same person? Get a divorce and spice up your life. Tired of your car…lease a new one. Trainer making you do a workout you do not like? Find a different trainer.
I could go on for days, but I’m sure you get my point. We do not have to follow through with anything any more, and it makes sticking to any of our original goals very difficult at best. Especially if our media sources and friends are on the bandwagon of ‘change is always better’.
What do you do if you have a bad workout or you do not feel like doing a workout but you have made a commitment (to yourself, and maybe to a club, team, coach, or trainer as well)? Character is not how you act when people are watching, it is how you act when no one is watching. Commitment comes from a style of character that is fading in this Western world of ours.
At the recent WSS 4, there was a presenter who talked about who talked about the mental capacity of athletes and how that effects performance. It was concluded that having the mental capacity to stick to a commitment is a determining factor in those who succeed versus those who do not.
So how does one go about committing to things in a world that no longer values this? Write yourself a note explaining why you need to follow through with your commitment, find a friend who can be an accountability partner for you, remind yourself of the end goal, track progress to keep your motivation high, and try to enjoy to process as much as the goal. Routine can help, so why not use it to create a healthy lifestyle, from workouts, to nutrition, to managing stress.
Commit to you, commit to better!