This month, Endorphin, one of the yoga studios I teach at, is offering a yoga challenge that invites students to take 30 yoga classes in 30 days. It’s good for the studio to get students on their mats and experience different classes and instructors. It’s also good for the students because it requires a commitment to take 30 yoga classes in 30 days. And keeping your commitment is so important because…
- Commitment leads to resilience. When you commit to something and follow-through, you learn you are stronger than you think. We are capable of much more than we could ever imagine and commitment supports us every step of the way.
- Commitment reminds you what is important. Commitment doesn’t necessarily have to be hard and arduous. When you commit to something, you are taking a stand and acknowledging what is important to you‒and it can actually be fun!
- Commitment builds community. When you commit to something, you become a part of something bigger. In these days of high tech and low touch, we yearn to belong and connect with a group of like-minded people, whether it is in yoga class, our neighborhoods, or an adventure.
- Commitment is empowering. We cannot live up to our fullest potential until we fully commit and become bigger than our excuses, problems, and circumstances. The Japanese proverb says, committed people fall down seven times and get up eight.
- Commitment makes you feel good. There is a real sense of accomplishment when you complete something you have determined is important to you. It also builds self-confidence and self-trust because following through on a commitment is an act of self-love.
Today, take a stand and commit to something that is important to you. It could be practicing mindfulness, exercising, volunteering, or keeping your word to anyone or anything. Commitment means being dedicated to doing something (even when you don’t want to) persistently, patiently, and playfully. And, it’s the right thing to do.