We make many commitments and some are easier to keep than others. Some are to the people in our lives, where we try to be good friends, partners, family members, employees, citizens. Some are to ourselves, as we strive to be happy, healthy and responsible. When we are not honoring our commitments, there are a number of costs associated:
- We feel bad about ourselves.
- We create a space for others to be out of integrity with us.
- We add to the physical and mental clutter that distracts us.
- We sap our power and energy.
- We feed our anxiety and stress.
Get clear, commit to regaining your power, and get in action:
- Start by taking the Wheel of Life assessment.
- For each category, list every item that is sapping your power. Get clear about what you are tolerating, where your integrity is out, and what clutter is in your way. Include everything – big and small.
- Commit to tackling the list, one action at a time. Recognize that the return on investment is huge, yielding you more time, energy, and peace of mind. You will also open up space for what you really want to show up and breathe.
- Create support structures where you need them. Block out time in your calendar so you create the opportunity. Partner with others or ask for help – you don’t have to do it alone. Hire a coach.
- Start with the easy stuff and cross them off your list. For the more challenging ones, you may want to commit to taking on ONE action every day.
"As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson