While it is easy to show up to appointments we make with other people … I’ve noticed that most people struggle with commitments they make with themselves.
If you say you’re going to exercise, meditate, write, journal, work on a project … but then you don’t stick to that commitment … it can feel like you’re letting yourself down.
We start to form the mental habit of letting ourselves off the hook, so that we don’t trust ourselves to stick to our own commitments, if other people aren’t involved. This creates a belief that we aren’t as important to ourselves as other people are.
I’m not saying we’re terrible people for doing this, or even wrong. It’s just how it goes for most of us, and it’s good to notice.
So what can we do about this? How can we start to stick to commitments to ourselves?
I’m going to lay out some things I’ve found to be important.