I’ve been listening to T. Harve Ecker and his series “The Enlightened Warrior”. One of the first lessons is about keeping my word – to myself as well as to others. I started observing myself as a practice this week: “what am I saying I will do and what am I doing?” HUMPF – It’s the little things that trip me up – punctuality, making sure I finish my Top 3 Priorities for the day, showing up when I’d rather stay home than go out into the rain…little things that won’t turn the universe upside down if I mess up.
However, Ecker talks about how low self-confidence comes from not keeping my word to myself not even mention the good opinion of others! As I started this journey of keeping my commitments I’ve noticed a change happening on the inside. It’s small, but it’s growing. My image of myself as a person who keeps her word even to herself causes a ripple effect as that image is supported by action. Today I made a call that I wouldn’t have made a few weeks ago – I was too afraid then. Today, it was just something to get done. Today I spoke up in a group meeting, shared my experience in the face of possible criticism and instead heard everyone at the table say “I’m so glad you said that!”
There is something powerful about the spoken word, something powerful about keeping our agreements – likewise, something dreadfully powerful about not. It’s a matter of little choices made daily.
Have you ever taken the time to observe yourself and how well you keep your word, your commitments to yourself? To others? Have you given yourself permission to “slide” (like I’ll stick with the diet tomorrow)? How might your life and your business be altered as a result of the practice of keeping your commitments?
Here’s my invitation: join me on a journey to 100% commitment keeping, 100% “my word is my law in the universe” and share here what happens in your world. I’d love to hear.
One of the first things I noticed is I’m much more careful about what I’m committing to – big or little. Tomorrow I’ll write about this AND that’s a commitment!