Don’t Make Stupid Commitments
Before you commit, make a list of reasons why you can’t do it. After you commit, make a list of reasons why you can do it.
You make stupid commitments when you’re optimistic. Work done tomorrow is easier than work done now.
Pessimism is best before commitments; optimism is best after commitments.
Don’t make promises to yourself that you can’t keep.
New Year’s optimism seduces people into stupid commitments. I know because today – Friday the 13th, 2023 – is Quitters Day.*
Optimism believes in fast change. That’s when you make stupid resolutions.
Life congeals without intervention. Usually, you don’t notice. We stay the same by accident. We change by sweat.
Don’t resolve to work out five days a week if you haven’t worked out since the last visit of Halley’s Comet. (It was 1986, if you’re wondering.)
A pessimistic formula:
Under-estimate yourself and over-estimate difficulty.
Determine how many times you’re going to do something; divide it in half and subtract ten percent. Suppose you commit to work out five days a week.
5×52=260/2=130. Subtract 10% for holidays and the flu. Commit to work out 117 times a year. Now add pessimism. But you won’t last a year.
Make a commitment to work out four weeks.
5×4=20/2=10. Take away 10% because you might get the flu. Make a commitment to work out 9 times in February.
Tell yourself you can after you commit.
Schedule nine workouts over the next four weeks. If you made a 30-minute appointment, double it so you can finish early.
Tip: You’re more likely to go to the gym if you’re meeting a friend. Everyone needs a ‘with’. Who can go with you?
What causes people to make commitments?
How can we make smart commitments?
How to Have Grit When You Want to Quit
SATURDAY SAGE: 7 Good Things About Skillful Quitting
64% Abandon Their New Years Resolutions Within A Month
*QUITTERS DAY – January 13, 2023 – National Today
Other factors to consider:
1. How important is this commitment to me?
2. How important is this commitment to the other person?
3. Is there room on my to-do list to add this commitment?
4. If I commit to do X, what should I take off my to-do list?
“Life congeals without intervention.” Brilliant statement. I recognize that in my own life. Diligence is required for change and planning is required for diligence. Without it, change likely won’t happen. Change can be difficult, even when you really want it, so be mindful of what you commit to!