Commitment is an essential and much-admired trait. It is vital for us to commit to things, for it allows us to grow as individuals, developing skills, ideas, and relationships steadily and with gradual practice. We often, look up to those with a commitment to things we wish we could have. This is likely an indication of how we wish we could commit, expressed through our inspiration from others who do so successfully.

Luckily, commitment is something everyone can achieve, even though it is a patient, gradual process and not a character trait that can easily be obtained. In the development of commitment, emphasis must be on maintenance rather than a newfound ability to commit. Through willingness, open-mindedness, and our capacity to grow, we can obtain commitment and build more positive aspects into the lives we are living.

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How to Maintain Commitment

The ability to commit is something that lies within the individual. It requires hard work to continue, and whatever we decide to commit to, we must want to do it. Sometimes we might decide to commit to not doing something, for example, smoking or binge-eating. These decisions require willpower and just as much commitment as deciding to start engaging in something actively.

Take it a day at a time. When we seek to maintain commitment, we are often put off by the concept of the long-term. From our starting position, it can be nearly impossible to imagine committing for a long time. A helpful tool is to pretend it is merely a day at a time. If we try not to smoke or eat junk food, we are more likely to achieve it for only a day. Therefore, we can see where the days take us. If we fail, that is only a day. Starting again becomes more manageable when we consider things on a simple day-to-day scheme. The easiest way to begin a journey of commitment is to refute the idea of long-term commitment altogether. If this is something you struggle with, try it.

Affirmations can also play a pivotal role in the development of habits. By developing positive thought patterns and aligning our minds with the intentions we set, we will find that our subconscious becomes attuned to the idea of our new commitment. This requires daily practice but creating a list of positive affirmations or intentions that aim to encourage your new commitment and repeating them daily, perhaps in the mirror, is a sure-fire way to develop the commitment you want to by persuading your mind that it is a good idea.

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