Do you have a savings goal? Do you have debt you’d love to get rid of? Do you have a goal to retire by 50? Regardless of your goal, you’re not going to achieve it without commitment.

You must commit to your goal in order to succeed. Of course, positive results don’t just fall into place without some good old-fashion hard work. But before you begin the hard work, you must commit yourself.

I love all the different definitions of this word.

com·mit

[kuhmit] verb, -mit·ted, -mit·ting.

–verb (used with object)
1. to give in trust or charge; consign.
2. to consign for preservation: to commit ideas to writing; to commit a poem to memory.
3. to pledge (oneself) to a position on an issue or question; express (one’s intention, feeling, etc.): Asked if he was a candidate, he refused to commit himself.
4. to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance; pledge: to commit oneself to a promise; to be committed to a course of action.
5. to entrust, especially for safekeeping; commend: to commit one’s soul to god.

So, how do you commit to your goal? And how do you stay committed?

Here are a few ways:

Gather supporters.

And while you’re at it, go ahead and “forget” to tell all the naysayers in your life. Just leave them out of it entirely. Only tell those people who will support you and be your cheerleader.

Put your commitment in writing.

I love the idea of writing a contract with yourself.  I love using Stickk for this. Stickk will design and create a contract for you for free. It has pre-populated goals, but you can create your own too. It puts all the pieces of the contract together for you, sends you emails to keep you on track, and gathers supporters for you based on email addresses you type in.

If you don’t want to create an official contract, another idea is to set a reminder on your phone, Outlook, email, computer, etc that pops up at random intervals reminding you of your goal. Write something motivational to yourself that will be a message from you to you!

Allow yourself to make a mistake.

Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake, and don’t jump off the wagon entirely because of one mistake, even if it is a biggie. Just get right back on. Stay true to your commitment.

Be flexible.

Things that work for your friend, may not work for you. Keep trying new tactics and strategies. If the snowball debt payment strategy worked for your best friend, but it’s doing jack for you, scrape it. Try something else. The same goes for your budget if your goal is to stick to your budget. Don’t expect to get it right, right off the bat. Keep tweaking your budget until it’s perfect. Find what works for you.

Commitment is a big step because it means there is no turning back.

But you don’t need to turn back, not when you’ve got big goals you want to accomplish. You can do this. Ready, set, go! Your first step is to simply COMMIT!

Easier said than done, huh?