Mindfulness and commitment

commitment-quoteI wasn’t in the mood (sic!) for writing today, so I decided to share a great quote on commitment by Sammy Davis, Jr. :

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.

I think one could also say: You always have two choices: your commitment versus your  convenience OR your commitment versus “pick your word of choice”.

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Practicing mindfulness skills has really helped me to better commit to my goals. Why? Because I’m less likely to be derailed by random thoughts that pop into my mind. And that’s possible only because I’m more aware of my thoughts as mere thoughts – I don’t take them as literally as I used to.

For example, if I whine to myself that I don’t feel like exercising, I’m more likely to recognize that it’s just a thought – and my thoughts or moods don’t actually determine what I do. That is usually enough to evaporate any reluctance I have to exercising, or if that doesn’t help, just starting to exercise usually does.

As funny as it may sound, the tricky part is recognizing that you’re having a thought – we are so used to acting on our thoughts and feelings that we forget to ask ourselves if this is really what we want to do.

I’m really happy about this “unexpected” benefit of learning mindfulness skills. 🙂

It occurred to me lately that I could actually use my new skill to support my weight loss – I certainly have lots of unworkable ideas about weight loss. One of those ideas is “I can’t control my stress eating”.

I hope you enjoyed the commitment/mindfulness discussion! If you did, leave me a comment below.

Comments

  1. Deb says:

    Yes, mindfulness is certainly hard. As you said it’s hard (impossible ?) to stop yourself having a thought but if you can recognise it for what it is it’s a big help.

    I think I’m a lot better than I once was but prone to a bit of over-analysis. As you mentioned in your last post (#wycwyc), I’ll have a thought and then wonder if it’s legitimate (am I really feeling too tired to exercise or is that just an excuse cos I’m lazy, or am I thinking I feel tired cos that will fee like a reasonable excuse).

    Interestingly I think that – when it comes to not-dieting / weightless / fitness / health related stuff – I’m far better at being mindful. My thinking in the weightloss (related) world is a bit skewed!

    • Satu says:

      Ha, I certainly agree all that thinking about reasons and justifications can get really complicated. 🙂 I feel very liberated every time I realize I’m hooked in some (usually pretty useless and automatic) stream of thought and am able to “extricate” myself from it.

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