If you're serious about it (a change, a try, a goal) write it down. If you're really serious, even determined, say it out loud. To someone else.
In many cases when I've set a goal or suggested an action out loud and to someone else (sometimes a room full of else's) it's on pure impulse. Even as the words are falling out of my mouth I'm thinking, "I can't believe I'm CREATING a commitment to something that did not exist until I opened my mouth." Why can't I just keep it between me and other me...
and have the choice to NOT do it?
Because other me knows me better sometimes: I probably won't do it. And while a little more work is always required, I often like the results a whole lot better.
Here are some examples of when I can distinctly remember thinking as I was speaking, "what on earth am I saying this for? This was not prompted! No one is asking me to do this! I am creating this for myself!"
- So, are we going to run Baltimore (marathon)? Four months later, I did
- I'm going to start my own business. Six months later, I did
- I think we should convene a group to provide feedback on this model (the group was 50+ all across the country and the turnaround time was about two weeks--but it happened)
- Let's go camping for the weekend! (I like warm beds and hot showers but I actually enjoyed this a whole lot more than I ever thought I would, even though it was years ago now)
So even though saying it out loud and the steps thereafter involve a little bit of discomfort, as I've said before, discomfort often precedes positive change (though like a disclaimer in the ads, amount and time may vary).
Fresh, sweet, and blue blueberries. Lots of them.