We are in a wild time right now. Every day we wake up to new information about the pandemic happening and it’s hard to know what to believe. Just like the rest of you, I have been trying to get back to some sense of normalcy during all of this. Because I have been working from home already, this hasn’t been too difficult for me. One thing that this pandemic has made me reevaluate is why keeping commitments to yourself is the most important thing that we can do.
My day to day actually hasn’t changed much. Except I feel a lot more anxious now not knowing what the future holds. In an effort to ease my anxiety I started to do an audit of my daily routine and the things that are important to me. This included my job, the items that I have in my home and the content that I consume on a regular basis. I started putting together a list of what I want my life to look like. Then I asked myself if what I’m doing on a daily basis gets me one step further towards this life.
The answer was no in case you were wondering.
My audit brought to light something that I’ve known for years. I don’t keep commitments to myself.
What does that even mean?
Well let’s take this blog for instance. I have wanted to write a blog for as long as I can remember, so a few years ago I took the required steps to make that happen. It’s been 2.5 years since I started Culley Avenue and my blog posts are sporadic at best. Why? Because I don’t keep the commitments that I’ve made to myself, like writing every day. I’m ok with skipping that task on my daily to do list because I’m tired or whatever the excuse of the day is. The result: I have been working on something for 2.5 years and have gained little traction. Culley Avenue was not only meant to be my passion project, it was meant to be a source of income.
As Carrie Bradshaw would say: I couldn’t help but wonder if I had kept my commitment to myself of writing daily for Culley Avenue, would I be in a different position right now.
It is because of all the uncertainty that is happening in the world right now that I realized that this is the most important time to be keeping commitments to ourselves. I am a firm believer that you are the only person that can make yourself happy. Which also translates to: you are the only person who can create the life that you want. Nobody will ever care about your business, blog, passion project, health, etc. as much as you do. Which means that they won’t be holding you accountable. It is only by keeping the commitments to yourself that you will start to see the fruits of your labor.
Right now is the ideal time to focus on creating the life that you’ve always wanted.
So stop making excuses and start laying out a plan for achieving your goals, whatever they may be. Most importantly, remember that life is supposed to be fun! Your goals are supposed to help make that happen.