Commit, Show up, and Do!
Why Choose Your Hard
Dear Why Team member,
I hope this weeks message finds you well and fired up about your
When I ask my audiences why they stopped setting New Years resolutions, the common response is resolutions don’t work.
And they don’t work for multiple reasons but the core reason is a focus on results more-so than on personal transformation.
“Nurture the root and the tree takes care of itself”. - Old Chinese Proverb
Life is Hard - there is no denying it.
But we largely get to choose our hard.
Getting out of bed is hard for some but staying in bed is harder as the body grows weaker.
Eating good food is hard, especially when the less healthy food tastes so good but the bad food makes life harder as our health declines.
Exercise is hard but life is harder without the mental and physical strength that comes from exercise.
To live our BEST LIFE EVER, we must proactively choose our hard each and every day.
Here is a powerful strategy for choosing our hard and following through:
Make the choice in advance and when the time arrives, act out of discipline and commitment. Don’t rely on making decisions in the heat of the moment or the heat is likely to burn away the harder choice.
Decide before you go into the restaurant that you do not eat dessert. If you wait until the tray of desserts is in front of you to make your decision, when you’re most vulnerable, the odds are you’ll say yes to the sugar-high being offered. However, if you commit in advance to no dessert, you do not have to think in the heat of the moment, you just do what you said you would do out of commitment and discipline.
At this writing, I just left the gym where my trainer of 17 years worked me harder than I would ever work on my own. He does the thinking, I do what he tells me to do, no question from me, just disciplined committed action.
Why have an accountability partner?
To increase the likelihood you will follow through. Commitments made to ourselves alone, without any accountability to anyone else, are weak and easily broken. And their ineffectiveness has profound implications for how we see ourselves and the world. When we lose confidence that we can make meaningful improvements to our life, we lose faith that others can as well.
Regain and strengthen your faith in yourself by entering into accountability relationships.
Choose the hard decision to hire a professional in the area you desire to improve. Hire a professional trainer and commit to twice a week. Put the dates and times into your calendar and do not think about cancelling. Tell your trainer you plan to show up and just do what they tell you to do - you don’t need a lot of talking - maybe even ask them NOT to tell you what all you’ll be doing over the next half hour or hour. Just hearing all you’ll be doing will burn away valuable energy best put into action.
“90% of life is showing up”
Choose to make the commitment!
But not making it will lead to harder.
Then just show up and do!!
But not showing up will lead to harder.
“There’s always two pains in life. There’s the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces and regret ways tons.” – Tony Robbins
We get to choose our pain:
The hard pain of commitment and discipline or the harder pain of regret.
This New Year, more than ever before, decide in advance what dragons you will slay. Then make the hard decision to hire a fellow dragon slayer.
Commit, Show up, and Do!!
Choose the hard, but ultimately less hard path to more exciting outcomes, and you’ll make it your BEST YEAR EVER!!
Make it Great!!
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