Would you dare cheat on your diet if you knew that you’d gain 10 pounds overnight? Or have one more cigarette if you knew that cigarette was the one that would kill you? Of course not. Consequences for our behavior usually aren’t immediate, so the promises we make to ourselves are easy to break. I mean what relationship are we really messing with if we watch another episode, have one more drink or dark chocolate chunk, digest too much news, quit the dating sites (again), don’t get on that Peloton, etc.?
Who’s getting fired or dying from any of those?
However, every time we don’t do what we say we’re going to do (in HG terms, break a promise to ourselves), it actually does kill a part of us, but a less obvious part: our own trust in ourselves. But you can do better. This is where self accountability come in.