Start your day with a pledge to become the person you want to be.
Most American students start every day of their lives the same way for a decade.
They rise, put their hand over their heart, and pledge allegiance to their country.
It’s a powerful ritual that ingrains a sense of loyalty to their country which lasts a lifetime.
But the ritual of a daily pledge doesn’t have to be limited to children or solely used to fuel patriotism.
As adults, we can pledge to support ourselves as easily as we pledged to support our country as children.
Just like the pledge of allegiance to America helps cement its ideals in our brains, so too can our own personal pledge help us become who we want to be.
So please rise, put your hand over your heart, and recite after me…
I pledge allegiance to myself.
I pledge to move toward my fear and not run from it.
The things that scare me, push me out of my comfort zone, and feature an uncertain fate, are those which will help me grow.
They’re what I most want and need.
Today I won’t run from my fears. I won’t hide. I’ll attack them and know even if I fail, I’ll be better for doing so.
Because that failure will make me less afraid and move me one step closer to success.
I pledge to act like the person I want to become and not just the person I’ve been.
My past will not define my future.
My bad habits, the stories I tell myself, and the ingrained beliefs I carry about who I am and what I’m capable of are not set in stone.
They’re only part of my life’s narrative. Chapters of a book still being written. And today’s chapter will be a turning point.
If I want to be a strong person, I can be. If I want to take risks, I can. If I want to live a different life, I will.
Today I’ll live as the person I can be and not just the person I’ve been.
I pledge to do something today I’ve never done before.
I have a 24-hour opportunity to find or create an experience unlike any I’ve had before.
It doesn’t have to be huge, doesn’t have to be life-changing, and doesn’t even have to take more than one of the 1,4440 minutes I have to do it. But it has to happen.
I will find a way to experience something new in life today because doing so will pay dividends.
It will teach me a new lesson, give me a new memory, or open my eyes to a new possibility.
Today is an incredible opportunity and I won’t waste it.
I pledge to accomplish the single most important thing I have to do today.
There’s always one thing.
One thing more important than the others on my to-do list.
One thing which will move the needle most.
One thing that will get me closer to what I want or who I want to become.
Maybe it’s for work, maybe it’s for someone I love, maybe it’s for myself. Whatever it is, I will do it— even if it’s the only thing I get done today.
I won’t get distracted, won’t gift my attention to whoever pulls at it the loudest, and won’t drown in a sea of responsibilities.
I can and will do many things today, but not at the expense of the most important one.