A promise is a promise to keep, which means a promise is not just something to say and forget about. A promise is something that you expect to follow through on and fulfill. With that lesson in mind, I have gone through life deliberately making promises to myself instead of setting personal goals.
What is the difference? When I make a promise to myself I have every intention of keeping it and I expect to deliver on my commitment.
However, a goal is something that you drive for; something you attempt to get, something you want to achieve, but external factors can interfere with your commitment. You can be derailed from achieving your ultimate goal by the unexpected.
When you make a promise you assess within your self whether you can do it, can deliver. Making a promise is making a full commitment, you don’t promise unless you know you can do it, whereas a goal is just something to reach for, not necessarily something that has to happen.
Why I made the promise is very, very important. Understanding why helps me understand my motivation, gives me the commitment and energy to follow through. It gives me the extra drive to push through roadblocks that if I were merely pursuing a goal I might let stop me. When you understand why you made the promise, keeping it is easy.
Ha Tran - "Empowered by Hope"