Let’s break it down:
1) Set a strong Intention – Why are you doing this?
I am committed to keeping a promise a week to strengthen my awareness of my own Integrity. I am doing this challenge in honor of my mother.
2) Write out your Promises.
You can make your first promise the first week to come up with 52 of them straight out of the gate, or you can write them as you go, it’s your choice. Make sure you have enough to mix up for the first several weeks.
To help you choose your promises, use the SMART acronym:
Specific – “I will clean out the hall closet” as opposed to, “I will clean the house.”
Measurable – I have a pretty small hall closet!
Assignable – I’m responsible for completing them, but I can ask for, or hire, help if I need to.
Realistic – Can I really get this done in a week?
Time-related – One promise a week for 52 weeks.
Note: The “A” in SMART is Assignable, but it could also stand for Accountable. Remember this challenge is for YOU. When choosing your promises it’s great to work or play with others, but don’t make someone else’s schedule responsible for whether or not you complete your promise that week.
One of my promises to myself is to visit a labyrinth that I’ve not walked before. My friend, Sarah loves labyrinths, so naturally I would love to invite her to join me that week. So as part of my promise I can call and invite her to join me, but even if we can’t work out our schedules to go together, I will still plan to go.
Plan to succeed by choosing promises that are do-able, enjoyable and/or will give you a sense of accomplishment once you’ve completed them.
3) Chose a Promise per week.
Part of the challenge for me is to lean into trust. Trusting myself, and trusting the Divine Right Order of the Universe. So to strengthen that muscle and to make it more fun, I’m drawing a promise card at random from a bowl.
My rule for myself is that whatever I draw, I do, unless I already absolutely know I can’t swing it that week . (i.e. my schedule is full or it requires funds that I don’t have that week.) But if at all possible, I will do what I can to fulfill the first promise I draw.
What this challenge can be for you:
An opportunity to deepen in self-trust.
A way to discover what you really want in your life and what you are willing to commit to.
A chance to break down a larger goal that seems daunting into bite sized pieces that you can realistically accomplish in a week.
An opportunity to do nice things for yourself, for those you love or even for complete strangers.
A chance to have fun!
What this challenge isn’t:
Goal setting on steroids.
Yet another reason to beat yourself up.
Be gentle with yourself. Don’t overthink it. You don’t have to impress anyone but yourself.
The challenge is to choose one promise a week and to honor yourself by seeing it through. That’s it!
The challenge starts this coming Sunday, August 17th.
My Word Is Law: The Integrity Challenge