January is typically the month when more new clients reach out to me than at any other time of the year. They’ve had time to reflect on the changes they want to make over the holiday break, and they’ve resolved to do something different this year. 

In past years, they’ve experienced the disappointment of starting the year off strong only to see their resolutions fall by the wayside come February. They’re ready for a change, and they know they need help to make it happen.

Like all of my new clients, one of the first things these clients do—with my support— is to create a commitment statement.

What is commitment?

A commitment is a pledge, a promise, a vow to live the way you long to live. A commitment statement is a quick link to the heart of your calling. It reminds you of what’s most important to you and challenges you to be the person that life is calling you to be in each moment of your life. When you commit to something, you take responsibility for making it a reality. 

Here are some commitment statements that my clients have recently created:

  • I am a commitment to teaching.
  • I am noticing.
  • I am committed to trusting myself and resting fully in my decisions.
  • I am committed to owning my power.
  • I am committed to discovering what I truly want and need.
  • I am a commitment to serving my community while being true to myself.
  • I am committed to creating a career I love. 
  • I am committed to building my business with self-compassion and joy.
  • I am a leader.
  • I allow myself to be seen.
  • I trust myself.

A powerful commitment statement will make you feel a bit scared at first. It makes your heart skip a beat because you’re committing to doing something that you haven’t quite yet proven you’re capable of. You’re committing to living as if the future you long for existed today.

I imagine that you, too, have hopes for this new year. To help you make these hopes a reality, I invite you to craft your very own commitment statement now.

Your Commitment Statement

Let’s go!

1. Grab your journal, and settle your body. 

2. Write down your answers to the following questions:

  • Who do you long to be or become in this next phase of your life?
  • What unmet longing(s) have you denied or pushed away?
  • What do you know deep down that you need to do in this next phase of your life, even if you really don’t want to do it or don’t know how to do it yet?
  • What do you fear most about this new phase? 
  • What is your current learning edge in work and life? (Another way to say that is: What do you have to learn that is scary and stretches you to become the person that life is calling you to become?)
  • If you were free from all fear and knew you could not fail, what would you do in service to life on earth? 
  • What does life want from you in this next phase of your life? 
  • What do you want from life?
  • What is life calling you to complete? What is life calling you to begin?

3. When you’re finished journaling, highlight important words and phrases.

4. Ask yourself: If I were to sum this all up into one short, simple commitment statement, what would I say? Write down what comes up, and shape the words into a commitment statement. 

Most commitment statements begin with the words I am committed to. However, some statements start with I am a commitment to, or I am, or I choose or other words. 

Play with the words until you find a simple, succinct, and easy-to-remember statement. If you’re struggling to find the right words, listen for words that resonate with your body and go for good enough.

5. Ask yourself whether you are willing and able to make this commitment. To build self-trust, never promise yourself that you’ll do something that you don’t intend to follow through on. You don’t need to know how you’ll fulfill your commitment. You just need to know that you’re fully committed to doing your best. If you slip up, you can always begin again. 

6. Finally, write your commitment statement somewhere you’ll see it every day: by your computer, on your steering wheel, above your bathroom sink.

Over the next several weeks and months, speak your commitment out loud and pay attention to how it feels in your body. If you hold your commitment close to your heart and take steps every day to embody it, it will become part of the fabric of who you are and how you show up in the world. 

At some point, you’ll notice that your commitment is no longer a challenge. Instead, it’s second nature. When that moment comes, I invite you to craft a new commitment that feels slightly scary and resonates with your next learning edge. If you keep updating your commitment, over and over, you’ll come to love what it feels like to play at your learning edge (I know I do!).

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Much love,

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