contract commitment
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_ We just bought a house, which is a huge commitment.  We agreed to pay the bank for the next thirty years and I'll admit my jaw dropped when, during our closing, the lawyer said "and your final payment will be January 1, 2042."  When you talk about 2042, that sounds like such a far off date!  Anyway, now we have our own house and I've found that ownership has really changed some of my housekeeping behaviors.  I realized it today as I was changing our air filters.  Before, I sometimes let our filters go for 3-4 months before I changed them.  I was still breathing that air in my other homes, but the fact that I own this house has made me feel differently.  An eagerness to take care of my nest.  I've never been a total slob, but I've found a new yearning to make a master chore chart and even divide the activities by time periods (monthly, weekly, etc.), something I've never done before either. 

This new-found motivation got me thinking about ownership of our dreams.  Many times, we're scared to say them out loud or commit to them just in case we might fail or they might not come true.  We let fear get in the way of our full potential.  Really, though, owning them and committing to them is the best way to make them come true.  A helpful exercise that we can all employ is to write out a contract for fulfillment of that dream, just like I did for my house.  I wouldn't suggest 30 years terms for this- who wants to wait that long?!- but one to three years should be perfect for most dreams. 

Our house deed includes our names, dates, a description of the house, the terms of payment, witnesses, and our signatures.  A dream contract needs the same.  Write it in a fancy legal way or art it out if you like or, both, so you access both sides of the brain.  Put the date of the contract and the date of completion both.  Describe the dream out in full detail- what you want to achieve, why it matters to you & to the world, how you will feel differently, etc.  Flesh it out so that it feels as real as my house does. 

Then, make your payment terms, which in this case would be the steps you'll take each month or even each week to make it come true.  If your dream is to be an Olympic figure skater, your payments would be your daily training time, the coach you'll work with, the choreographer you'll work with, etc.  If your dream is to open a vintage thrift shop, your payments would include learning about the business, finding your upstart capital/investors, seeking out the merchandise, etc.  Set a date for each of those payments, so that you will have a timeline to follow and you can hold yourself accountable to the contract. 

Finally, sign it and share it with at least one trusted friend who will sign as your witness.  When we name and claim something out loud and in the open, it has more power.  If your dream details are too personal to share, just ask your friend to witness your commitment without reading the contract.  Post it in a place you’ll see it often and be reminded of it.  You can use this easy template I made for you or make your own. 

And then, leap out there and make it happen!  I believe in you, the universe believes in you, and you WILL succeed! 

If you need support in setting your commitments and taking the action you need, please check out my Work page for more info on how we could work together.  Or email me for a free Fairy Godmother Session to dig into your dreams and see what magics we can find.