I don’t feel like writing, but I’m doing it anyway. I’ve put out posts consistently every week, and I’m four in a row. I’ve made this promise before and fallen off. As embarrassing and discouraging as it is, I eventually return and try again. Unfortunately, I lost the momentum I had built from the last time and had to start over. I tell myself, “Don’t stop now, even if you’re not feeling inspired. Don’t let yourself down. Keep the promise.”
It’s the same conversation I had with myself earlier today before my strength training session. I do not enjoy working out for the sake of working out, but as I age, I know that I need resistance training to protect my bones and to continue to do the things I love to do. So, even though it sucks, I keep going to my sessions. The truth is, even though this one post or today’s single session is but a drop in the bucket, they are how the bucket gets full. Every time I keep a promise to myself, I am improving. My writing gets better; my body gets stronger.
What promises have you made to yourself and have yet to follow through on? If you made that promise to someone you love, would you be sure to keep it, or would you flake out? I’m guessing you’d keep the promise. You deserve the same commitment from yourself. Do the damn thing. Fill your bucket. Maybe tell me about it sometime.