I made 2 commitments recently that I am trying to keep to. Both have to do with my health. Both are goals that in the past I have not been able to maintain longer than a week or two.
Why am I so bad at keeping health commitments? The only one I ever managed to keep was giving up soda for lent. But even that has been waning lately as I have been partaking in soda more than I have in the last 4 years since I “gave them up”.
Part of it is laziness. Part of it is at times making commitments that were missing a sense of reality. I would often decide to make a change that was so big or so different or so challenging that I was setting myself up for a failure. And for someone who struggles with being “enough,” setting myself up that way is pretty much guaranteeing I will not be able to finish it. And I don’t usually.
So what made these commitments different? Well, each fits into a routine that already exists. Each was a small thing I was confident I could accomplish. And best of all, there is accountability built in to make sure I do it.
My hope is that once i complete these commitments, I will be able to take on another one and then another. Small changes that add up. And in the meantime, I am adding back my successful commitment – no more sodas. No excuses.
Here we go.