Updated: Oct 3, 2020
While everyone’s experience during the most recent pandemic and social unrest has been different, we can all agree on one thing: it has been anything but consistent. This lack of consistency can create feelings of anxiety and uneasiness. If the things on which I have built my business or personal growth or family can experience seismic shifts like those we are currently undergoing, where can I possibly set my foundation? Who or what can I trust? One of the answers to these questions is found in the process of streaking.
In February of 2012, Stephen Covey, the author of the best selling classic The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, shared the following on social media, “The power to make and keep commitments to ourselves is the essence of developing the basic habits of effectiveness. It is also the essence of trust, you begin with self-trust. If you can’t trust yourself, who can trust you? Make and keep promises to yourself.” Making and keeping promises to yourself is the fastest way to strengthen self-trust and, as Covey states, the essence of becoming a more effective person. Streaking is a core tool in making and keeping promises with ourselves.
Often we find a cognitive dissonance between who we are and who we would like to be. The journey from where we are to where we would like to be feels too long and we feel unable to make the attempt. In order to strengthen our confidence and ability, we need to build our self-trust. We need to keep promises with ourselves.
This is at the core of streaking. One of the laws of streaking is to make your streak laughably simple. This is vital when it comes to keeping promises with ourselves. We have a tendency to set our bar so high that we cannot reach it. Then we fail our personal commitments and erode our self-trust. On the other side of that, committing to and accomplishing easily attainable, daily tasks strengthens our self trust.
When we see ourselves keeping our word every day we begin to see ourselves as someone who can do the things we set out to do. Even as things fall apart around us, we know at least one person that we can trust. This radiates into our relationships, both business and personal. Flipping what Stephen Covey said, “If you trust yourself, then others can trust you.”
By Lauryl Jensen