I have read a lot of books and attended countless conferences. My emotions carry me away with each turn of the page or charismatic speaker. I make grandiose plans to stop doing some things and start others. The resulting commitment lasts about as long as a New Years resolution.
The newest lifestyle decision I made that stuck, had a notable characteristic. I have dabbled with the gluten-free choice for several years. Two months ago, I decided to move forward and restrict gluten from my diet. The notable feature was the lack of fanfare. It was just a recognition this was the new normal. This restriction was a welcomed positive constraint during two weeks of travel with an abundance of incredible food.
Upon reflection, I have made my major decisions without a parade or hoopla. An internal reckoning occurred. The commitment to undergird the foundation of the decision had already solidified.
Author Seth Godin produced a beautiful and massive volume (17 lbs. worth) of his blog posts over the last four years. The title is, What Does it Sound Like When You Change Your Mind?
My answer to the question asked in the book's title is, quiet.
Perhaps a parade, a convention, or severe diagnosis has characterized your decision process. It can be different for each of us. Being self-aware allows us to use this knowledge to be intentional when we decide to move in a chosen direction. If walking over a bed of hot coals is your trigger, then compile your list of decisions and schedule your walk for this year.
My decision about gluten is a couple of months old but the quiet decision to marry my wife 24 years ago is holding fast. Time will determine if the trend sticks.
How do you know you are committed to the resolutions you make?
What patterns indicate a greater likelihood your promise will be kept?
How much information is required for you to stick to a decision?
How do you reinforce your decision and reenergize your pledge?
What derails your commitment to a decision?