For the last few weeks, I've been participating in a 30-day "Life Transformation Challenge" based on Hal Elrod's book, The Miracle Morning.
This means that every day I've completed 10 specific activities that I know are important to my happiness and fulfillment, including meditating, exercising, journaling, and spending time outside.
I committed to these things out of love and hope, because I knew they would make a positive difference, and I wanted to make my life the best it could be, both for myself and the people around me.
So I was annoyed to notice, when I woke up this morning, that I was starting to see my activities as chores -- not things I wanted to do, but things I had to do. My "miracle morning" no longer felt like a celebration of what is possible, but a test to determine my worth and goodness. Yuck!
I think this is a risk with all commitments, even those born from our deepest aspirations, and the truest, most beautiful parts of ourselves. Life will get challenging, and old fears and doubts and habits will creep in. What happens then?
Do we assume we must have made a mistake, and bail out on the commitment? Or stop committing to big things in the first place because we're afraid it'll be too hard?
Oftentimes, yes. (At least I know I have.) But I don't recommend either as a happiness practice.
Instead, these are the times to re-commit to what we really want, even if we don't know exactly how to get it.
For myself, I want a life that works. I want to be healthy and strong. I want to learn and have fun. I want to do things that matter, and do them well. I want to be tapped in to something bigger than myself. I want to have money and freedom. I want to give and receive love. I want to feel confident and inspired. I want to be happy.
I'm not in control of everything that happens to me, but I can do my part to keep things moving in the right direction. Tomorrow is Day 27 of my 30-day challenge, and I'm gonna keep going until the end.
What about you? What are you committed to? How do you re-commit when the going gets tough?