Commitment. It’s a word with positive and negative connotations depending on the context in which it is used. The word freaks many out because it requires accountability to act on our choices. It brings happiness for the same reason as well. We often don’t want to commit because we are afraid of being less than through someone else’s eyes. We don’t want the responsibility of missing the mark.

We make commitments to people, places, things, and ideas all the time. Many of them we regret the moment we say yes. Or we devise ways to get out of them. Or we just pretend we didn’t make them at all. Why do we do it to ourselves?

I say we stop doing it. That’s right. Don’t make commitments to please others. Don’t go around giving other people the ability to be disappointed in you. Don’t do it to yourself. Instead do it for yourself.

Fear and laziness are the only things stopping us for making and sticking to our commitments. We are so afraid to be great because we aren’t familiar with that feeling. We are familiar with disappointment and broken promises. We are familiar with missing the mark. And we are also lazy. Real commitment requires effort, time, and repetition. We don’t want to do it since there are no guarantees it will benefit us in the end. So what do we do?

Commit. You knew I was going to say that right? Commit to who is worthy. You, me, us. We have to commit to ourselves first and foremost. Commit to our dreams, our goals, our aspirations. Commit to the things that bring us joy. Commit to the things that make our souls smile.

But we must put in the necessary work in order to celebrate the results of committing to those people, places, things, and ideas we have deemed worthy of our sacrifice. Are you ready? I am.

I made a commitment to write at least four posts this month. This is number two. I could have made an itemized list of why I could have waited to write like traveling to take my daughter to college for the first time. And it would have been just an excuse.

I want to challenge you to make a commitment to do something you love, something you like, something that inspires to you and tell me about it. Join my Facebook group, Find Your Girl Tribe (ladies only) or share your the thoughts in the comments. I can’t wait to see your accomplishments!