In my life, to be sure, I set a premium on keeping promises. And what I've noticed is when I'm keeping all the promises I make, I'm playing too small.
My promise to swim twice a day isn't a promise I make to be right about. Neither is it something I do to score points or to be better than. It's a context I create for my life. It's my word as my future. In addition, of course there are rewards of fitness and my body feeling good.
When I first started swimming I targeted distance. As I swam I counted laps. I didn't always meet distance targets so I switched to targeting time. As I swam I watched the clock. I didn't always meet time targets either but I met more time targets than I met distance targets.
Eventually it dawned on me what I was really doing wasn't swimming by distance and nor was I swimming by time. What I was really doing was swimming by promise. Distance and time targets were secondary. Primarily whatever I promised, distance or time, if I kept my promise I met the target and if I didn't I didn't.
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