Commitment is turning my choice to deliver 31 blog posts in the month of March into reality.
Delivering 31 blog posts in the month of March has required a commitment to new priorities. I made a commitment to myself that writing every day is a priority for me. Reality set in and I realized there might be days I just can’t get a post out. I added reasonableness to the commitment by wording it as 31 posts in 31 days and not a post a day.
The blogging commitment has resulted in a dramatic increase in my creative thinking. This morning I looked through my list of topic ideas and none of them jumped out at me as needing to be written. Yesterday, however, I realized just how busy I am becoming. Without continuously improving my goals, choices, and priorities I will not be able to keep my commitments to my family and my work. Presto I have a topic for today!
Commitment is about sticking to it. Growing my business is a priority. Yesterday I realized that the combination of extensive travel and the additional commitment to social media had unintentionally lowered my priority on “paperwork.” I’m committed to my business so that had to change. I made a choice to stick to it all day yesterday and get as caught up as I could. The payoff was finding a significant business opportunity that can be followed up on and turned into cash flow fairly quickly.
The key is to turn those activities you are committed to into habits. Writing daily has become a habit and I have reached a point where not writing for a day would feel weird. This reminded me that last year I developed some regular habits with paperwork so it never got ahead of me. I’m going back to some of those habits starting today. The choice to return to those habits is consistent with my goal of being committed to having a successful business.
Writing is the doing part of thinking and by writing about goals for this post I have solidified some of my own thinking. Can you see how my commitment to writing is helping me grow my understanding of goals, choices, commitments and priorities?