-not sure who said it originally, I heard it from Jon Vroman a long time ago
Commitment is the next logical step after motivation. One you figure out what motivates you it's time to make a commitment. Motivation is the fuel and commitment is what keeps your foot on the gas pedal. Lack of the commitment is the reason most people fail-not just in health and fitness but in life. When you're commited 100% nothing gets in your way because you have your eye on the prize. When you're feeling lazy or your schedule gets busy, you remind yourself of your commitment and you drag yourself to the gym or make that healthy meal instead of ordering out.
A friend of mine recently shared her commitment with me:
"I'm going to Florida in a few weeks and want to look great. That means gym 6-7 days/wk. I work an 8am-5pm job Monday through Friday. Last week I had something to do EVERY NIGHT after work. It was brutal-that means...no time for the gym at night. So what did I do? I woke up at 4:30 every morning and got my ass to the gym before work. It was SO HARD getting out of bed, even getting my eyes to stay open. My MOTIVATION was picturing myself a few hours later, sitting at my desk at work, and feeling awesome. Feeling awesome that I got my workout out of the way for the day, feeling awesome physically, energized, etc. Feeling awesome that I actually pushed through it and felt amazing mid-morning, I wasn't dreading the workout all day that I knew I would have to do at night."
I give Kristen a lot of credit for waking up at 4:30am for five days straight, I don't even like dragging myself out of bed at 5:15am on Weds to teach one spin class! For sure she is 100% committed. Commitments less than 100% won't get you over the hump once adversity in the form of distractions, unhealthy temptations, reasons not to work out at night like, "but Dancing with the Stars is on" or "It's half price Martini night at Madisons!"
You may be thinking "easier said than done Liz," so this week's CALL TO ACTION will be steps to committing:
1. For beginners start with something you are 100% positive you can do such as "workout 3 days this week" and commit to doing it for a month straight so it will become a habit. Depending on your schedule maybe you work your way up to 4-5 days/wk by the end of the month-as long as that 3days/wk stays consistent. This will boost your conficence and strengthen your commitment when you are able to say, "I said I was going to do it and I did it!"
For those of you who are more advanced and have been working out for a period of time, maybe you get to the gym/exercise 4-6 days/wk challenge yourself to switch up your routine and push yourself beyond what you've been doing. But again-still apply the principle of only committing to something you're 100% positive you can do so your commitment promotes confidence-not disappointment because you challenged yourself to do something unreasonable.
2. Start telling others (like me if you'd like to comment) what your commitment is so you are now accountable to someone other than yourself.
3. When you get out of bed in the morning and before you to go to bed at night remind yourself what motivates you and tell yourself (out loud even!) that you are committed to that goal.
If you're unsure of where you should start, let me know-I'm happy to make suggestions!