Though it may be challenging to decide, it’s not as difficult as being committed to the decision.  Commitment requires continual affirmation of the decision amid challenging obstacles and difficulties.   It is certainly easier to quit but the result is more frustration. Break the cycle and embrace the process of commitment.


C – CREATE a vision/goal.

Without a vision, there is no direction or purpose. Clearly determine the result and write it down – in a journal, on a sticky note, on your mirror.   Make certain the objective is clear and visible.


O – OBSERVE your past success and failure in achieving this vision.

It is imperative to honestly and transparently assess yourself related to any prior attempts to achieve your vision.  What lessons learned can be applied to the current effort? What has hindered you – Fear? Resources?


M – MAKE a plan with SMART goals.

A vision without a plan is simply a dream. You must create a plan to achieve the vision. Do not become frozen by the enormity of the task.  How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. You will need bite-sized goals that collectively yield the result. Practice creating SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

  • Specific – What do you want to achieve?  (action words)
  • Measurable – How will you know you have achieved your goal?  (track it)
  • Attainable – Is it within your physical power to achieve it?  (Challenging, yet achievable)
  • Relevant – Why do you want to reach this goal? (motive and intent)
  • Timely – When exactly will you accomplish it? (short and long-term goals)


M- MONITOR progress and make necessary adjustments.

Though this may seem obvious, it is not.  Monitoring your progress requires truthful and transparent assessment of the progress.  You will need to confront yourself.


I – IMAGINE the result.

Your victory in achieving the goal must outweigh the difficulties in achieving the goal.  Your imagination is the source of your motivation.


T – TELL a trusted adviser.  

You must have someone to hold you accountable.

It’s time to COMMIT!

Taken after completing a 6 week 20 lb challenge at a local gym.

Paula Hollis is a wife of 27 years, a mom to 3 sons and a Program Manager for a major health insurance company in the Philadelphia Area.  She enjoys singing, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is committed to living a fit and fab lifestyle and has lost over 135 lbs so far.