I remember one day my Facebook post read, “I just worked out at the gym…and then promptly came home and ate two cookies.”
It was funny—and apparently relatable (I’m not shaming anyone who likes cookies)—but the lesson I want to pull out today is that, at the time, I was INTERESTED in living a healthy lifestyle, but not committed.
Over the last ten years or so, Eric and I have taught hundreds of thousands of people how to create a simple, seamless system for an organized life. I LOVE our work.
But as we progressed through several iterations of our live class, we identified a question that IMMEDIATELY helped us to know which people we could really serve and support—and which people were attending the class simply to pass the time.
This was the question:
Are you committed–or just interested?
Here’s why that question was so effective…
If you’re “just interested,” then when you’re tired, or there’s a good show you want to watch, or a friend invites you out to eat, or ANYTHING else comes up that sounds even remotely interesting, it’s going to sound way more fun than getting organized. And you’re always going to choose what sounds more fun.
“Hey! Want to go get some ice cream? Or did you want to stay home and file papers in your filing cabinet?”
Is that question even necessary?
But if you are COMMITTED, well, that’s a totally different story.
That means you’ll get up early or put in extra hours at the end of the day.
It means you’ll take a raincheck on some things until your system is built.
It means you’ll put off what you want NOW for what you want most.
It means you’ll believe in the future self you are creating—instead of letting your current self convince you that change simply isn’t possible.
We can serve, support, and lift COMMITTED students all day long. 🙂
Inside our STEP Mastery program (where we help our members to build a STEP Command Central), we invite our members to share their “commitment statement” inside our Facebook Group as a way to create some external accountability.
When we first extended that invitation in the program, I didn’t know if anyone would actually do it. We even provided an “out” that said something like, “If you don’t want to post it publicly, just put a sticky note on your mirror or something….”
But every day when I open up the STEP Facebook group, I read these awesome Commitment Statements that give me such a lift!
I want to share a few (anonymously) here with you! (And if you’re a STEP Mastery student, just pop in the Facebook group and click on the tag that says “Committed” to see hundreds of examples!)
I am committed to getting my life organized so that I can be more productive as a new business owner. this will help me to be able to make time for things that matter and for things that excite me. I will have more time to spend with my family and to focus on my health goals. I cannot wait until my life takes off like a rocket ship once I eliminate my inefficiencies.
It’s time to commit. I want to be proud of my home, and feel that I can complete what I’ve started.
I am committed to clearing the clutter in my mind so I can clear the clutter in my environment and have a peaceful and restful place to be.
I just joined and am in Module 1. Just got to the “are you interested or committed” section. I want to say I’m committed. I really hope I’m committed. I’ve done Franklin Covey, some others that I don’t remember, and read the David Allen, “Getting Things Done”, book maybe 20 years ago? Have done them all, even the 43 folders part, and there’s pieces of each that I have not necessarily kept doing, but know are strong and felt guilty about not doing. Because I should know how to do this. Right? I want this time to be different and stay committed past a year+ so I can truly live my best life – spiritually, emotionally, and physically – for the rest of my life. Thanks, team.
I commit to following directions, taking the next right action, and completing the STEP program.
I am committed to getting—and staying—organized because my goal is to move from always feeling a sense of obligation and being behind to an environment that fosters inspiration, creativity and joy. That can only happen in an uncluttered environment where my brain truly trusts my organizational system.
I read GTD years ago and have taken a multi-day implementation course several times(!) and haven’t been able to actually “get it done.” This program feels different; April and Eric have made the process more approachable and less cumbersome. And even though this is only Day 2 for me, I’ve already gained some ideas and inspiration from this facebook community. I feel optimistic and excited and I’m looking forward to the journey alongside my fellow travelers!
My first post in the group, just to “announce” my commitment to stick with STEP and transform my life into the life of my dreams.
Yesterday is behind me, Today is here! Taking action now towards incremental improvement.
I am COMMITTED to an ORGANIZED SPACE & MIND.
Hello lovely people!
I would like to introduce myself to all of you. My name is Laurie and I joined STEP this past Thursday. I already am well on my way by using my calendar and my weekly Next Actions list! I already have almost half of my items checked off from yesterday! Woohoo!! 🥳🥳🥳
Who knew all that was missing in my life was a course about organization?! hahaha I have been in action since this weekend and I am more excited than I’ve been in a while. I have taken multiple self development courses, one of which is Landmark which I love. They always talk about integrity. I knew I had to bring integrity to my home, my business, my calendar but never knew how to do it!! Anyway it’s just perfect that “the man” was tracking that I was reading “Getting things done” and this course popped up in my instagram feed 🤣😇
I am sharing my COMMITMENT with you to go through this program and transform my home, my business and live a life I truly LOVE!
I’ve been following a few of your posts already and it’s an honor to be part of such an inspiring group of human beings who encourage each other and share their ups and downs. I’m am in for the ride!
I am COMMITTED! I just finished the video to create my temporary Command Central and I already feel like 100 lightbulbs went on in my head but my headspace feels clearer already. I have tried so many things over the years to organize my space and it has not helped and I have only gotten more and more frustrated through the years as well as my husband who cannot stand the piles and the clutter and I get super upset and frustrated that I don’t know how to clear the space and feeling lazy and like there’s something wrong with me why can’t I clear my living space. Up until watching that video a few minutes ago I didn’t even know how to clear a pile. I actually can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel just knowing that there’s a process to clearing a pile is so freeing for my mind and I am so Excited to move forward in this program!
I am committed. Grew up in clutter. Never learned how to NOT live in clutter. Tried and failed at many different programs, self help books, personal attempts, etc. It’s not just paper, it’s everything. Though solving the paper portion and getting my mind trained differently will undoubtedly help. Some of you may be able to relate – I decide to do X. To do it I need to get Y. Y is under a pile of Z that I need to move into the cabinets, but the path to the cabinets is full of A. I can’t put A where i goes because I need to use the hand truck, and I’m waiting for the replacement tires to arrive. When they do and I mount them to move A the cabinets are full of B, C, and D. Each of these belong elsewhere in different places. To get to each of the places, I first have to… You get the idea. I’m committed to make this work and as I emailed the creators of this program, just completing the steps to make my temporary first command center, I already feel I’ve taken a huge step forward and have confidence from it.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. I’ve just taken it.
Okay, there are literally hundreds more I could have included here, but I’ll leave it at that.
As I read these, I was surprised at how emotional I became.
I REMEMBER being at the beginning of this journey. I remember thinking I would never find a way to have a calm mind. I remember thinking everyone else was just magic or something—and that I was just born stressed out and overwhelmed, and I would never be able to get over it.
My favorite part, though, is reading all the comments that come in alongside these commitments—comments from people OTHER THAN ME saying, “You’re in the right place.” Or “This works.” Or “I’m so glad you found us.”
I’ve got to tell you that running things behind the scenes here isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s a lot of hours in meetings. Lots of hours on the computer. Lots of time on my knees asking for help with tricky business issues no one ever even warned me to anticipate. Our team works so hard—juggling personal and family responsibilities as they work from home, responding to thousands of emails every single month, fixing tech issues, updating the program, managing the marketing and the social media and the podcast and the members’ area….
But at the end of the day, we’re not just “interested” in helping you. We’re COMMITTED to helping you. That’s why we keep showing up day after day and week after week.
I know that not everyone in our community wants or needs our full STEP program—and that’s totally fine. Some people are already organized or have their own systems that work or want to wait awhile before they jump in.
But I’d like to leave you with an invitation (our LearnDoBecome Challenge): I invite you to look at what’s really important to you in your life and then decide to be COMMITTED.
Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do.Brian Tracy, Success.com
P.S. Have you taken our free class? We teach you the basics of identifying Next Actions and the power of using a Context-Based Next Actions list, along with other tools to help you organize your mind and get out of the piles. We’d love to have you join us–come sign up here!