THE TWO WEEK COMMITMENT

DISCLAIMER: This activity is not for everyone and is not considered personal medical advice. Please always consult a physician or mental health professional for personal health concerns. 

Living a meaningful and purposeful life requires that we have some structure and goals.

But schedules, routines, and structure may generate some discomfort, frustration, or fear. This is to be expected.

Holding ourselves accountable and setting expectations generates fear and anxiety because it means there is potential for failure and disappointment.

But remember, failure is an event, not a person.

And it’s okay to have failed. Actually, it’s necessary…it provides us the opportunity to grow.

The fear associated with taking initiative and accountability is a sneaky tactic used by that annoying inner voice that’s constantly trying to “protect” you by keeping you stuck in the rabbit hole. Don’t get discouraged by that inner voice in your head that’s probably acting up right now.

It’s probably saying something like:

Where do I start?
How do I start?
What is the first step?
Will this even help me?
What do I do first?
How many times should I do it?
How long should I do it?
Do I have to do this?

That annoying inner voice is trying to taunt you and stall you from achieving any forward movement. It’s trying to get you to compulsively seek certainty instead of leaning directly into your fears.

The simplest strategy is to remember that every act of embracing uncertainty is an act of defiance against that voice.

Embracing uncertainty means taking that first step and this two-week commitment can be that first step.

The Tasks

You are asked to commit to FIVE (5) tasks each day for TWO (2) weeks.

1

WAKE UP AND GO TO BED AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY

Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep. If you suffer with insomnia, Try using this tool. 

2

HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARBOHYDRATE BREAKFAST EVERY MORNING

3

AT LEAST 15 MINUTES OF LIGHT/MODERATE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVERY DAY

Go for a walk, go for a jog, climb a tree, join a boxing class, jump rope, do pushups, follow an online yoga video, etc. DareBee is a free website to check out!

4

AT LEAST 15 MINUTES OF WORKING ON YOUR GOALS EVERYDAY

Use this goals tool

5

AT LEAST 15 MINUTES OF FREE WRITING EVERY DAY

Write about anything. The idea is to just write without worrying about others reading it. This is just for you. Journaling is a useful way to get to know yourself better.

After the two weeks are over, continue the FIVE (5) tasks above but incorporate at least ONE (1) hour doing something related to any of your goals and see where this takes you…

Is the voice taunting you? 

At this point, the voice in your head may be telling you things like

“This isn’t going to help.”
“I don’t want to do this.”
“This isn’t what I need to do.”
“Is this enough?” 
“What if this doesn’t help?”

Let the annoying voice tire itself out. Don’t suppress it. Just notice it is there and continue moving forward. This Two-week commitment will be the foundation, or template, for developing a schedule and routine that moves you toward a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

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TASK 6: THE VOICES

  • What was your internal dialogue like?
  • What were the voices in your head saying?
  • Were they mean? Were they positive or negative?
  • Describe what you noticed.

TASK 5: THE SOUND

TASK 4: THE SIGHT AND SMELL

TASK 3: THE TASTE

TASK 2: THE TALK

TASK 1: THE WALK

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