“Successful people adhere to the ‘no exceptions rule’ when it comes to their daily disciplines. Once you make a 100% commitment to something, there are no exceptions. It’s a done deal. Non-negotiable. Case closed! Over and out.”
— Jack Canfield, from The Success Principles
When we figure out what we are fully committed to in our life, it usually involves taking on new habits—and the thing with any new habit is this: “99% is a bitch, and 100% is a breeze.”
In other words, if we have to debate and negotiate with ourself every day about whether or not we’re going to honor our commitment, there’s a high probability that we’re going to eventually revert back to our old ways… especially when the voice kicks in. You know the voice: “You deserve a little more sleep this morning.” “Take a day off.” “No need to be so rigid.” “Nobody will know you skipped.”
Making our new habits non-negotiable may indeed sound rigid at first, but it can also be quite liberating, because we don’t have to waste our time and energy trying to decide whether today is going to be the day we break.