Congratulations on your commitment to health! Now keep it. One of the most effective strategies for keeping a commitment is to write it down.
Whatever action you choose to take, stick with it.
If it takes more time than you’d like to achieve your desired health results, you may discover that your resolve begins to wane. At that point, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue taking consistent action over time. As a health coach, it’s part of my job to encourage you to stick with it!
As mentioned in other posts, integrative approaches to health may take some time to reveal their effects, which goes against the prevailing social desire for instant gratification. But when you are writing down your commitments, journaling your progress, and tracking your results, you can see patterns and keep a record of your achievements.
Write down your commitment to health.
One of the most effective ways to honor an initial commitment is to write it down. Research shows that when you make your commitments sincerely, publicly, and memorably, you’re more likely to keep them. Writing down your commitments is a simple way to remember them… and keep them.
Your commitment is a promise. A contract with yourself.
Making a commitment is like making a promise. By formalizing your commitment to best health (writing it down), you are taking the promise to the next level, and taking responsibility for your health. Taking responsibility means you accept the consequences if you fail to keep your promise. And of course, when you keep your promise by fully honoring your commitment, the benefits are that much sweeter!
In a world where broken promises are all too common, it may be helpful to think of your promise, or commitment, as a contract with yourself. You can make your written commitment more contract-like by adding your signature and the date.Think of your health commitment as a contract with yourself. Click To Tweet
Take action and keep it simple.
Don’t let anything stand in your way or prevent you from writing down your commitment to health. Keep it simple. Use a sticky note to jot your commitment down. When you have time, you can type up your commitment and print it out. Either way, once your commitment is in hard copy form, sign it, date it, and display it prominently, where you’ll see it often. It may also help if you display it publicly, where others can see it, too.
Make multiple versions of your written commitment and place them in multiple locations. Sticky notes work great for the bathroom mirror, the fridge door, and the desk underneath your laptop. A typed or printed version can be framed and added to your home or office decor.
Written reminders are important!
Written reminders of your commitment are important because they keep you on track. They serve as prompts to bring you back into alignment with your commitment during moments of weakness, and to help you prioritize your actions in ways that are consistent with your commitment. Making a written commitment is so important, it’s one of the 5 steps in Nurse Lane’s 5 Step Plan for Feeling Better. If you don’t already have a copy, make sure you get one. And if you already have a copy, it may be useful to review the relevant step.
The bottom line is that when you write your commitments down and keep hard-copy versions in front of you, as constant reminders, you’ll increase your chances of taking the appropriate actions to honor your commitment to health.Writing down your commitment to health reminds you to keep it.Click To Tweet
How have you kept your commitments in the past? Please leave your comments below.
Last updated: 6-20-2020