A Plane Ticket Level of Commitment, and Coffee!

September is nearly over, and I just remembered that I had set some September goals for last month.

Ha. Yeah, none of these got done.

Ugh, commitment. I have all these great ideas for goals, but it’s really, really hard for me to put them into practice. And it hurts because I love goals and I love progress. I guess I just don’t like hard work?

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I’ve been wanting to use that card for a while.

Anyway, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Like, a lot. Because I commute 2-3 hours a day. Just recently I’ve been really getting into the Harder to Kill podcast by Steph Gaudreau, and my brain is practically exploding with information. Such good stuff, but one topic in particular was discussed in a recent episode with special guest Allegra Stein. She spoke about how commitment is like a plane ticket, which is an analogy I love. When you buy a plane ticket, you double- and triple-check your calendar. You call all your family and friends and make sure the dates work. When you book the ticket, almost nothing stops you from getting to the airport on time. Oversleeping, traffic, and other unforeseen delays all have a contingency plan. Barring serious illness, you make your flight. That’s commitment. Once you’ve set your goal, you make it with no excuses.

For me, I think of the plane ticket commitment as one step further. If you don’t want to get up and go to where the plane ticket is taking you, don’t buy the ticket. I only really stick with stuff that I’m all-in committed to. This is what I learned from numerous starts and fails on the Whole30. I am still not sure exactly what the catalyst is, but I need to somehow be very head-in-the-game, in-my-bones committed or it won’t happen. So when I set cute goals like “exercise every day!” I just don’t. Because I know I should, but I don’t really want to. But when I finally figure out a fitness goal I actually want to succeed on, it’ll get done.

Okay, now the real reason for this post. It’s National Coffee Day!

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Go drink a cup (or seven), and make it a great day!

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