Why You Should Never Break Promises You Make With Yourself

In the past month or so, I’ve gotten into a pretty good workout routine. David has been able to leave early in the morning to hit the gym, and I’ve been able to escape after bedtime so I can get my workout in. It’s been a necessary break from kids and work, and even the car ride to the gym feels like a vacation!

However, a few days ago, I found myself makin excuses as to why I wasn’t going to go to the gym that evening. I was tired. My legs hurt. I wanted to watch a TV show. I needed to finish work stuff.

At one point, I even texted David and told him that I wasn’t planning on going that night.

As the day crept on, I started to feel guilty. That was weird… what is there to feel guilty about? It’s just me. If I don’t feel like it, I don’t have to.

I then remembered something I had read in a book – when you don’t hold yourself accountable to yourself, what’s holding you accountable to anyone else? You should hold yourself to the highest standards; you are the most important person to you!

Those words ring so true in my current season in life – a new entrepreneur, trying to figure out the best way to motivate myself and get all the things done that I need to, as a mom who has two busy little ones who demand my attention all the time, and as wife who needs to make herself a priority so she can be the best she can be for her husband.

You see, setting goals is a great thing, but when you don’t take the every day baby steps to achieve those goals, you are only letting yourself down. No one else is going to hold you accountable, so make sure that you aren’t breaking the promises you make to yourself.

I ended up going to the gym that evening and ran four miles on the treadmill. It wasn’t the best run in the world, but as they say, a bad run is better than no run at all!

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