Commitments to myself are easy to break.  But sometimes, just showing up can help keep those commitments.

In this episode, I talk about:

  • I got the bug
  • Breaking Commitment?
  • Keeping Commitment


Good morning everyone, and welcome to the path to 1 million. This is episode 113. As you can tell by the sound of my voice I am not in the best of shape. I, this last week in Long Beach has been ridiculously hot in the low nineties to the mid nineties, every single day. And I don’t do well in heat for some reason or another. So I’ve been running the air conditioning a lot keeping it in about the mid to high seventies. And usually I don’t like to sleep in air conditioning because it makes me sick like today. So yesterday was the first day that I didn’t run the air conditioning, but by then it was too late. My sinuses were already draining, which in turn by my throat really Achy, really hurt.

So yesterday was a little bit of a battle. But anyways I remember when I woke up yesterday I know I had a number of things on my plate to do and it was supposed to get really hot again. And I thought about going for my run in the morning that I’ve been training for this 25 by five k challenge. I’ve talked about it in, in previous episodes, I’ve been doing this 25 by five k challenge every single day running a five k. And what I’ve quickly found out is, is there some days where I feel like like Superman, like you get out there and I can just run this whole thing and I’m really good to go. And then there’s other days where I just absolutely struggle. So as the day progressed yesterday I was beginning to regret the decision not to go for a run first thing in the morning because as the day progressed I started getting worse and worse and worse.

And finally it got to be like last night and I knew I had to do it. I was committed to do the 25 by 5k challenge. So I was dreading it cause I checked the temperature on my phone before I went outside and it said it was like 82 or 83 degrees. And I said, well that’s not too terribly bad. You can’t run an optimal conditions, but I’ll just go. And when I walked outside there was this really beautiful breeze that was blowing off the ocean. So I’m thinking to myself, well, if it’s cool here at the house, it’s going to be even cooler at the beach. So I’ll just go down there and at least give it a shot. Right. At least go down there and run and give it my best effort. And so I drove down there to the beach, of course the AC and the car was blossoming away, which I quickly shut off cause it made me cough my lungs out and I make it down to the beach.

And sure enough there is this beautiful breeze that’s coming right off the ocean. And I’m thinking to myself, man, no matter how hot I get, this breeze is going to just automatically going to cool me off. And so, you know, sickness and all I went for, I went for my run. And of course the only issue with that with my sinuses draining all day. And I think as I didn’t think about eating yesterday cause with my drinking all day, I wasn’t like hungry. And I know it sounds disgusting, but it’s the truth. But I did try to get some good food in me throughout the day, try to get that fuel in there and I just struggled every step of the way. I just struggled. And there was a few times where I slowed down to a walk, which was, I knew it was going to be a mistake but I was just coughing so much when I was out there on the run that I couldn’t see where I was going tears in my eyes.

But I was like, you know what, cliff keeping, moving forward, keep moving forward, keep moving forward. And so I did and I, if I did slow down to a walk, it was a fast walk. It was a brisk walk, you know, whatever I can do to, you know, whatever I can do to keep that going. And of course, you know, I finally finished the track and it was probably like the worst time that I’ve posted the date since I started the 25 by five k challenge because I would run and then I would walk and then I had run and then I would walk. And I made sure though that at least the last quarter of a mile that I was running on the track that I could finish. And you know, it’s, to me anyways, it was just a reminder of the things that sometimes half the battle is just showing up.

I could’ve just convinced myself that I could just convince myself that, you know, I was sick and I need to take it easy and I shouldn’t run. But this is the thing about commitments is that you don’t, you don’t break commitments. You, you, you know, you absolutely, if there’s, is, if there’s a physical way that you can show up and make the commitment, then you keep it. That’s as simple as it can possibly get. And I do know that even though I finished with a, with, with a pathetic time yesterday, you know, there was a little voice inside of my head was like, at least you showed up and at least you did it. You know, it may not have been optimal conditions. You’re not always going to be an optimal commissions, but optimal conditions. But at least you showed up, at least you did it and you completed it.

And you can now post the image to your Facebook online to report that you actually did. It wasn’t the best time in the world. No one’s going to give you any metals, but you showed up, you delivered. Cause that’s exactly what you, that you promised yourself that you would do every single day. And I know I’ve mentioned this before, but commitments to myself are the easiest ones to break. And the whole point of doing these body challenges is to break that habit. I do not break commitments to other people. Like I said, it’s super easy to break the commitments to myself. And so that’s, you know, that’s like I said, that’s one of the reasons why I do these body challenges is to commitment to myself. And even right now, even today, when I woke up in bed, I’m actually broadcasting this from my house. Even today, my alarm went off this morning.

I was like, Oh, hell no. And I set my alarm to go off again and then I set it off to go off again. But once again, it’d be about four 30. I was like, you have to get up Clifton. You’ve got to start thinking about your topic for the day and prepping because you’ve committed to do these things every single day. And it may not be optimal conditions deliver, you know, you don’t have to get in your car and drive to the office. You can do it from home. You’ve already proven that you can. So anyways, I wanted to share that story with you on this Sunday morning. I think you guys all for stopping by. I really do appreciate it. And I will be back again tomorrow. Oh yeah. Tomorrow is actually going to start the Linkedin technical the linkedin technical social media type stuff that I promised to do wrapped up in a story as well. So make sure that you guys stop by and check that out if that’s of interest to you as well. Thanks for enduring my really crappy voice today and I will be back again tomorrow with another story. I will see you guys then. Make it a great day. Thanks.