Make REALISTIC promises. Do you have the time, energy, motivation, and resources to keep the promise you are thinking of making? It doesn’t make sense to say that you will make five sales calls today if you know each call takes fifteen minutes and you only have an hour.
Write it down. Keeping a journal or daily diary stating what you will do in a given day is a good strategy for staying on track and on task. We are more likely to keep a commitment when we put it in writing.
Tell somebody. Telling your friend, significant other, or business coach what you plan to do will increase the likelihood that you will accomplish it. We often need that external accountability to keep us motivated.
Forgive yourself. Sometimes, life happens, and you can’t keep your promise to yourself. When that happens, forgive yourself and keep taking actions in your desired direction. Don’t give up—make a new promise and keep it!
How do you make sure you keep the promises you make to yourself?