A word we don’t always love to hear—particularly when it comes to habit change or a goal we want to reach.
While we want the ‘end’ result, the ‘getting there’ process—or the commitment—to attaining that is not always a walk in the park. Or, at least, it doesn’t always come intuitively.
Most recently, for me, commitment has been an ever-present theme in light of the recently kicked-off Lean Turkey Challenge at CrossFit Central.
I am working with six clients, as well as myself, to stay committed to attaining goals we set out for ourselves at the beginning of the Challenge.
One of my goals, or commitment, is to drink “more” water—100 ounces to be exact—day in and day out. In order to do just that, I have to be prepared. I’ve been toting around my 20-ounce shaker bottle filled with water, and 5 rubber bands wrapped around it each day to remind me how many more ounces I have to go. Every 20-ounces down, I take a rubber band off, refill the water bottle, and get back to work.
As simple as this task may sound—it obviously was not before (otherwise I would not have made the goal!).
Commitment—to whatever it is in life—always requires FOCUS and often times, EFFORT.
Another example would be my run I made towards competing at the 2014 CrossFit South Central Regional. It was honestly quite a surprise to myself that I qualified within the top 48 during the Open, but nevertheless, once I was ‘in’, I made the commitment to myself to be ‘all in.’
I had 5-weeks post-Open, prior to the Regional to train and prep for a grueling weekend at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, and I just put my head down and went to work. Sled drags outside my home, in the street, every night, down and back, down and back. Two-a-days with added strength work. Dialing in my nutrition.
There are some things in life that hands-down, I KNOW I am committed to.
I am committed to my husband. I am committed to my children and being a good mom. I am committed to my spiritual walk and my faith. I am committed to CrossFit Central and building a fit community. Growing our Advocare business and helping others to have financial freedom.
And even though I know I am committed to these things, I have to continually take action steps towards my commitments—
- Carving out intentional time to connect with my husband Kris
- Attending my daughter’s soccer games and rooting her on, or throwing the baseball with my son in the front yard (he has a personal goal of 100 throws per day…most days)
- Getting into the Word and looking UP—rather in—for guidance in my daily direction and steps
- Being PRESENT as a coach with my athletes at CrossFit Central—and invested in individual concerns, goals and lives
The ‘nitty gritty’ things is often times where commitment gets tricky.
What do you want out of your fitness? Your career? Your education? Your relationships? Your spiritual walk?
How badly do you want that?
Maybe it’s to:
- “Be stronger”
- Lose some body fat
- Lift XYZ over your head
- Work your dream job
- Pass your Anatomy class
- “Be a better mom”
- Put on 5 lbs. of muscle
- Shave 2-minutes off your Fran time
- Experience financial freedom
- Give up sweets, grains and/or dairy—and give real eating a chance
- Replace diet sodas with water to feel more refreshed
- Stick to a fitness routine or training plan for the ‘long haul’ to see if it really does work
Whatever it is—define it…define what you want…then define and decide the ACTION steps you will commit to in order to realize your goal.
AND…. Above all—remember (I’ve said it before)… ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY.