”If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals.” ~Robert Conklin
It is the New Year! And more importantly, it is Commitment Day!
Never heard of it?
In a nutshell, it is an entire day to commit to living a healthy and fulfilled life.
Commitment Day was first celebrated in 1960 as an extension of New Years.
In honor of the holiday, almost 50 cities nationwide hold family-friendly 5K runs (or walks) on January 1st.
Today is the first day of your life.
Are you ready to commit to making it the exact life you have always wanted?
What Is a Commitment Exactly?
A commitment is a pledge that obligates you to a certain course of action.
Whatever the topic—whether it is to lead a healthier life, to have a better relationship, or to renew your approach to work—a commitment is one of the most important principles of success.
Commitments are extremely powerful.
They influence how you think and act.
To succeed in any domain, you need perseverance—and perseverance can only happen if you have first made a heartfelt, long-term commitment.
True change can be challenging.
The temptation to give up will arise.
It is the commitment you have made which will help you get through struggles and find success.
Principles to Help You Keep Your Commitments
Here are some principles to keep you focused on your commitments.
- Make a List: Commitments are a product of conscious choice. The best way to start with your commitments is to make a list of the people and goals you want to sincerely commit to.
- Prioritize Wisely: Be selective about your goals and what you commit to. Decide what is the most important to you and commit only to those specific goals.
- Follow Through: As Zig Ziglar says, “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” Commitment requires action. Put together a step-by-step game plan for managing and keeping your commitments.
Your Commitment to a Healthful Lifestyle Counts
One of the most important pledges you can make is the commitment to live a healthful lifestyle.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common chronic diseases are cancer, stroke, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and arthritis.
And the top four risk factors for developing these chronic conditions are lack of physical activity, smoking, poor nutrition, and excess alcohol consumption.
By committing to a healthier lifestyle, which eliminates these four risk factors, many chronic conditions can be prevented.
Education is important.
But real change will only begin with a lifelong commitment to optimal health.
How to Celebrate Commitment Day
By making a commitment!
Try committing to one or more of the following:
- Make a new/old relationship work better.
- Change your job or business (or your approach to it!).
- Spend more time with your family and friends.
Finally, commit to a healthier lifestyle by adopting a (or improving your) whole food, plant-based diet.
To help you do that, we are sharing a very special recipe called The Davis Tower.
The recipe was created by a new chef at the UC Davis Medical Center who was brought onboard to increase the plant-based food options made available to both patients and visitors at the hospital.
Named after one of the newest buildings at the Medical Center hospital, the dish itself is arranged in the shape of a tower!
This recipe is an exciting and inspirational example of UC Davis Health’s commitment to healthful living.
Enjoy the recipe and happy commitment making to all in the coming year!