Promise Yourself

Daily Movement Prompts, Thursday, April 12, 2018 edition: Promise Yourself

I noticed something recently. Even though I sometimes schedule time for doing dance rehearsal at home, or maybe I’ve said, “I’ll go to the gym this week, probably Tuesday or Thursday,” week after week I’ve skip the appointment or the intention to go workout. Many times I had “legitimate” reasons why my schedule needed to change or be flexible. But I’ll be honest with you, sometimes I just didn’t want to go.

But then I left some clutter one day because I had to rush out the door and I came in late and exhausted, there was no way I could put it away that night. So I “promised myself” that it was all getting put away when I came home from work and teaching dance. And I did it. I really did come home, put away all the clutter, put away the folding table, and I felt proud of my work. I climbed in bed happy because I kept my promise to myself.

The next day, it felt like a beacon had been lit. I have a *huge* success rate when I “promise myself” I’m going to accomplish something, even when I have to legitimately reschedule in order to complete the task. Why not “promise myself” that I’ll do a workout before bed or “promise myself” that I’ll do a dance drill or “promise myself” that I’ll stop at the gym tonight?

Does any of this resonate for you? Are you better at follow through when you put an appointment on your calendar? or an alarm on your phone? or set a timer to go off? or “promise yourself” that you’ll complete a task? or hold yourself accountable to a partner or friend or trainer?

What would it take to help you find success today in movement?