Growing up, I always placed a huge emphasis on keeping my promises. If I promised a friend that I wouldn’t tell anyone their secret or promised my little sisters I would have a tea party with them, I was always obligated to follow through. And don’t even get me started about pinky promises… those are the most sacred promises of all. I can distinctly remember that whenever my friends promised me something, I would stick out my pinky to make sure they meant it (pinky promises are the only kind of promises you’re not allowed to cross your fingers for). My point is, that from a very early age the power of a promise has always been ingrained in my brain.
Take a moment to think about the last promise you made. Did you promise a roommate that you would do the dishes? Did you promise your employer that you would meet a certain deadline? Or maybe, you promised your Frenchie, King Louis that you would play fetch with him tomorrow.
Most likely, the last promise you made was not to someone else, it was probably to yourself. For the new year, you may have made a resolution that you are going to start saving money by not eating out, so you’re going to cook all of your meals in 2019. But then, you have that one day when you get home from work exhausted and hungry and just don’t feel like it. You think to yourself, “Ehhh why start today what I can do tomorrow?”
Most of the time, we are so good at keeping promises to other people because we don’t want to let them down or break their trust. The hardest person to keep our promises to is ourselves. If I break a promise to myself, who is ever going to know? It’s all too easy to make excuses, blame circumstances, or lose interest. But why don’t we value these promises more? It’s time that we start keeping the commitments we make to ourselves. Keeping our word demonstrates genuine care for ourselves, builds healthy habits, and empowers us to accomplish and achieve!
If you’ve made it this far, I challenge you to make a promise to yourself this week and follow through on that promise. If you need to, make it a pinky promise that way you are obligated by law to fulfill that promise!
Sometimes, having another person checking in with us about the things we want to achieve helps to motivate us. To help you follow through on your commitments, make a close friend or colleague your Accountabilibuddy! Utilize them to help propel you to reach your goals, personal or professional.
*Meet the Author*
Gino Calavitta is an avid Netflix watcher who enjoys practicing American Sign Language and going to concerts!