I was sitting at breakfast talking with a friend and she brought up how she was listening to a podcast talking about how important it is that we keep promises to ourselves. It really hit a me.
WE TEND TO KEEP PROMISES TO EVERYONE ELSE, BUT WHY ARE WE FIRST TO LET PROMISES AND COMMITMENTS TO OURSELVES GO?
I knew this idea had some substance so I have been thinking about it a lot recently and wanted to dig into it a little here on the blog.
When we tell ourselves we are going to do something, whether that’s meal prep, workout, or simply make time for something we love to do, often the time and space we created to do those things gets easily taken over by something else. When we tell a friend we will be there and we will do that thing, we usually do it.
When we tell ourselves we will do that thing, how many times does something else pop up and all of a sudden our commitment that we made to ourselves get pushed to the back burner? For me at least, this used to happen SO MANY TIMES. I have gotten better, but it still happens and it’s something I have to consciously pay good attention to and make an effort to do.
I got to thinking, why is keeping a commitment to yourself so important?
IT’S ALL ABOUT BUILDING TRUST. KEEPING PROMISES TO YOURSELF IS THE BEST WAY TO BUILD TRUST WITH YOURSELF.
Why build trust? Because it’s a way to show that you love, respect, and care about yourself. This doesn’t mean being perfect, it just means that when you need to make a change or you really want to do something you promise yourself that you will and you follow through time after time.
WHEN YOU KEEP SHOWING UP FOR YOURSELF DAY AFTER DAY AND COMMITMENT AFTER COMMITMENT YOU ARE FILLING UP YOUR PERSONAL “CARE” ACCOUNT.
When that account is full you have plenty to share with others in your life. So showing up for yourself actually can help you show up more fully and have more to give to others. Win-win.
Want to read more? Check out my blog post on 10 Ways to Stay Accountable for additional strategies. Put yourself first and keep those promises to yourself because they are just as important if not more so than promises to others.