Building Empowerment Through Commitment
When you’re struggling, unhappy, or feel stuck, it can be easy to fall into victim mentality. And often the deeper you fall into the well of unhappiness, the harder it can be to dig yourself out.
One of the best ways to shift your mindset and enact real change in your life is through empowerment, and what’s the best way to empower yourself? Commitment.
Let’s Talk About Commitment
So what is commitment? It’s when you are dedicated to something. It’s when you set an intention and then follow through on it, even if it’s one baby step at a time.
Through the work that I do and my own personal experience, I’ve learned that when it comes to the relationship we have with food and our bodies, we often lack commitment. We lack the follow through to become the best versions of ourselves possible.
Think of all the times you started a new diet, only to fall off the wagon just a few days later. It’s called the “diet/binge cycle” for a reason. This is a familiar pattern that millions of people face time and time again. The missing ingredient to success here is commitment.
However, it’s important that you don’t confuse commitment with rules. If you’ve been wrapped up in the food and body war for a long time, you’re probably overly familiar with rules, restriction, and deprivation. Things like “no eating after 7PM” or “no sugar during the week.” Rules are based in fear, but commitment is based in love.
Having commitment when it comes to your goals or changing your life in general can build empowerment for you for a few different reasons. First, it will help you establish self-trust. When you follow through on your intentions, you will gather evidence that you are capable of accomplishing your desires and trusting yourself. As you consistently follow through on your goals or micro-goals, you will build momentum to real, lasting transformation.
Identifying Your Why and Taking Action
It’s important to have a deep, meaningful why behind your commitments, because that will be a driving force in your motivation to follow through. If your why is surface level or superficial, like the number on the scale, it’s not going to be powerful enough to keep you going when times are tough. But if your why is significant and powerful to you, like wanting to be healthy and fit enough to play with your children, then you will be more likely to follow through.
Start small. Set an intention for one commitment. Reverse engineer the commitment, and the steps it will take to achieve your desired outcome. Then, one by one, complete those steps until you have honored your commitment. It can be helpful to avoid hard deadlines at first, as they can trigger some people the same way harsh rules would. The key is to be patient with yourself. Be loving. And work your way to the intention you set for yourself.
A tool that can really help you stick to a commitment to build empowerment is an affirmation. Here’s are a few sample affirmations:
- “I am committed to becoming the highest version of myself possible.”
- “I am committed to doing one thing each day that makes me feel good.”
- “I am committed to adding a 1-hour morning routine to my schedule.”
You Can Do This!
If you’re feeling stuck or unhappy, one of the quickest ways to shift your energy is to feel more empowered in your day to day life. The best way to do this is through commitment.
When you set and then slowly achieve goals, you are proving to yourself that you’re not only capable of accomplishing what you want, but you’re worthy of your desires too. You will feel empowered to not only get out of the rut you’re in but to step into your power and live a life that truly lights you up.
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