If having a clear goal is the first step in accomplishing it, then making a commitment to reaching your goal is the second. By saying that you are willing to declare your intention to reach your goal, you are saying that you have “skin in the game,” and that you are willing to prioritize other things to make sure you get where you’re headed, no matter what!
In many cases (like marriage, for one), we ask people to declare their intention to reach certain goals, because it puts them on the hook for reaching them. That’s why businesses ask employees to agree to performance goals, sales targets and development plans. Because the company knows that it matters if the worker doesn’t reach them, and they are looking for assurances that the employee will move heaven and earth to get the work done and hit the targets.
But it’s just as important for your personal life. You may think that your personal goals are important, like losing weight, or making more time for family, or getting more sleep. And you may even have said that you believe you can accomplish these objectives. But unless you can honestly state your commitment to acting differently, and put your heart on the line for your goal, your brain is capable of rationalizing away any performance. And you may find yourself far away from the finish line.
Use your heart instead to keep you on task. State your commitment and you can bind yourself more deeply to your aspirations — and reach your dreams!