Pinky Promise to do something bold

It’s possibly more effective than goal setting, better than a new year’s resolution, and can produce greater results than willpower or good intentions…and it’s something simple that you’ve known about since you were a kid.  It’s a pinky promise!

A pinky promise is a pact you make with someone to do what you said you were going to do – a commitment to be accountable to yourself and someone else for your actions. This sacred act of speaking an intention out loud and binding it between someone you care about and yourself is what makes it so important, and what helps to achieve it.

Here’s an example of how it works. In my life recently, I was scared to do something. I wanted to reach out to someone by email but fear prevented me from taking action. That’s when a friend extended her last finger to me and asked me to pinky promise to send the email.  Reluctantly, I wrapped my pinky around hers and said I pinky promised to do so.  I wanted to back out, but I pinky promised to do it. I sent the email.

Is there something in your life you’re afraid to do?  Is there change you’d like to take action on?  Would you be brave enough to make a pinky promise to do it?

Go for it! Challenge yourself to do something bold and then pinky promise someone you’ll do it. Like me, you may feel resistant, but give it a try.  You might surprise yourself on what you can accomplish.

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