Acting on commitments leads to habits, and habits, as Aristotle held, cultivate virtue. We’re a little more than a month into 2011, so now’s a good time to look back at the commitments we made to ourselves at the end of 2010. I’ll go first.
One of the commitments I made was to exercise every day. I have. Now I’ve got two things on my side. First, I’ve got a big chain of Xs that I don’t want to break. The psychological pressure I’ve created for myself has pushed me to exercise on at least four days I wouldn’t have otherwise. Second, it now feels weird not to exercise. I guess that’s the beginning of that habit that Greek guy was talking about.
How about you? How are you doing with commitments you’ve made to yourself?