The Power Of A Promise
“I promise before God and these witnesses, to be your faithful and loving husband; in plenty and in want; in joy and in sorrow; in sickness and health; as long as we both shall live; according to God’s Holy Ordinance.”
In just a few days I will say these words to Anna in front of many of our families and friends. Getting married will become the most significant thing I will have ever done in my life. Marriage will require me to continually become a better person, always develop my character, and unceasingly love Anna more and more each day for the rest of my life. This may not always be easy, but that’s why my marriage will begin with a promise, and I will be held accountable by God, my wife, my family, and my friends to follow through on that promise. That is the power of a promise. A promise creates a binding commitment with accountability.
There are a lot of things in life that we know we would like to have happen or that we know are good for us. However, just having that knowledge is sometimes not enough to make something happen. Sometimes we need a promise to motivate us, whether it’s a promise to ourselves, or a promise to someone around us.
One of our members was really struggling to exercise consistently. This had an affect on his wellness which touched other areas of his life. He knew that coming to class would help, but he wasn’t coming to class. Well, after talking with some of the coaches, he made a promise to himself and to us to attend class a minimum of 4 times each week for 10 weeks. He’s now 7 weeks in and has stayed true to his commitment every step of the way. He has noticed a significant difference in how he feels, and those around him can see it too. All because of his promise.
I use this illustration of exercise, because it’s an easy one to understand. However, using the act of a promise to heighten accountability can work in any area of life. So, I encourage you to think about some things you’d like to accomplish in your life and then make a promise to do it.
A) In 20 min establish
1RM Bench press
B) 3min max distance
And Coming Friday
A) For quality load, working up across sets
3 Position squat clean (high to low)
B) Pushup Parade
Focus on shoulder loading
C) 3 RFT on the 4:00
20 RKBS (24/16)