This past week I dropped some value on our IG (Instagram) story @gofastraces, if you’re not following I’m sad, that is the most important thing to understand when setting goals of any type. Being the end of the year, when’s a better time to publish a post like this?
It’s massively important because it’s something you can apply everywhere to everything. It’s something so simple and powerful yet overlooked and discounted every day. You need to know, before you continue, doing this one thing can change your life. My goal is to explain it well enough where after, you can immediately apply it, the moment of.
First: What is a Commitment?
I have an itch that not many people like the word “commitment”. I don’t know why I just know there’ve been times in my life where I’ve heard it and thought to myself “ehhh…” Can you relate?
I feel the word “commitment” is often associated, made out, or assumed to be about “doing things you don’t like or don’t want to do”. This perception/lens of commitment is HORRIBLE and needs to be suffocated.
Before we continue, know that commitment is not about doing something you hate or of anything related. It’s not about “doing what you gotta do” either. It’s much deeper.
You need to know that commitment is doing what you said you would do. It’s showing up at the coffee shop for your friend because you told them you would. This is just as, if not more important, with the relationship you have with yourself.
The IG Story went down like;
“I’m a fitness fanatic, right. In high school, I played football, got in shape and made it priority after graduating to stay that way. One thing I didn’t do was keep running…”
“I started running again and I’ve been on a 5 or 6-day running streak. I woke up to feed this morning, my family is out of town, I’m watching the horses, and realized it was super cold and windy.
“Now, I don’t know if y’all have run in super cold and windy weather, making it even colder than what it actually is, but I immediately was like “crap my run isn’t going to be good” So as I was feeding I wondered to myself, am I gonna run, am I gonna wait till later, blah blah blah.”
“I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. I don’t like putting effort into something when I know it won’t be my best.”
At this point of the IG story, I cut to start making my bigger point. “Sometimes, guy’s, all we need is momentum, even if that momentum is barely making it”
“Sometimes, our perfectionism can sabotage ourselves. I recognized in the moment of deciding to run, I was letting the weather and my perfectionism effect the priority, doing what I told myself I would do”
“So I said screw it, I’ll bundle up and go slow! And that’s exactly what I did; I bundled up an ran an 11 min mile when it’s usually 9 and guess what, I started my day off with a win! Who cares how you do it as long as you did what you said you would do?”
“To get your clockwork ticking, an example of when you should be a perfectionist is when you’re running at the NFR, or the American, or a really important rodeo! But you’re not running at these races every day. Sometimes perfection doesn’t matter, when the priority is more so about doing what you told yourself you would do”
Beyond the IG story
After posting the story realizing how important the topic was, especially at this time of year with resolutions, I broke my thoughts down more. I dissected what prompted me to “just do it”, and run.
At the end of the day, it’s as simple as this. My health and fitness mean something more to me than just good looks. The thought of skipping running after already investing effort and had been doing good, made me feel bad.
Can you relate to that? How many times have you set a goal only to not do it and ridicule yourself after?
We’ve all done it. The reason why is because people glorify the end result of achievement when the real magic is in the small steps toward achievement. Wasn’t it Charlie Munger, the genius investor and Warren Buffett’s partner, who said, “Step by step we make haste, not in fast spurts”?
If you have a goal for 2019, do uncle Gilly a solid, and break it down even smaller than it is now. Make a micro goal that allows you to start making momentum toward the original.
Make it micro enough where you know, 110%, you can do it and take that micro goal very seriously. Every day when you wake up, do what you said you would do. Not for achievement, but for yourself, because you told yourself you would do it just like you told your friend you’d meet them at the coffee shop.
Commit for yourself, no one else, for nothing else. Be selfish. Do what you said you would do.
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