Keeping a Promise to Yourself

Do I really want to get up this early? The sun’s not even up! It’s dark and it’s cold outside. I don’t have to be at work for hours and everyone else in the house is asleep. What am I doing awake?

Ever find yourself thinking that as you change into your workout clothes or while lacing up your running shoes? Ever just want to roll back into bed and pull the sheets over your head? Who hasn’t? But we all set goals for ourselves; whether it’s to lose 10 pounds before the company Christmas party or to get in shape for that marathon. Sometimes, the hardest promises to keep are the ones we make to ourselves. You know you swore to reach this goal, but is it really such a big deal if you beg off one day or start a little late just once?

Of course it is. When you set a goal for yourself, especially when it’s something others don’t think is important, you have even more of an obligation to keep it than when you promise to others. Bravery isn’t just the ability to fight for what right, it’s also the faculty that allows us to challenge ourselves, to stick to our guns when no one but us would know if we cheated or broke our promise. No one will know if you eat that last bit of cake, or skip the rowing machine this morning. No one, that is, but you. And don’t you owe it to yourself to do what’s right?

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One Response to “Keeping a Promise to Yourself”

  1. So true. I get up really early – every day – it’s a choice I make to give myself plenty of time to start the day right. There’s something magical about the quiet at 05:00 in the morning and being awake every day to watch the sun comes up. Pays dividends for the rest of the day too – that time for contemplation and meditation allows to to remain much for focussed and calm for the rest of the day.

    It does take discipline though – including going to bed early – but it’s worth it. It works for me.

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