Life is a series of choices. Every step is a choice, an option, a decision. We try our best to make these choices based on what we know. What we pick may not be based on what is right and what is wrong, but what we believe in our minds and hearts. Whatever we do decide, we have to compromise. It is always one or the other.
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I Promise

Hanshake Promise The Oxford program of career change is a career counceling program focused on helping you achieve your dreams in terms of trying to find out the career that would fit you best.

One of the exercises in the program is writing down your commitments. It is said that commitments and wants are different, and that difference is the action actually taken to reach the objective you have in mind.

I have written out my commitments and promises, and wanted to share them with you. Write down your own promises, share them with the people around you, and put them in a visible place to remind yourself to always take action towards what you want.

This is what I have written:

My promise to myself is to live my life to my fullest potential. I will start by completing this program. I promise to conquer my procrastination and push myself whenever I need to be pushed to keep on moving. I promise to always be positive and optimistic in everything that I do in my life. I promise to always enhance my strong points and characteristics. I also promise to identify all my weak points and work to fix them. For all those weak points that cannot be fixed, I promise to find a way to use them positively in my life. I promise to live in harmony with myself, my family, my friends, all those who I love and the world around me. I promise to appreciate and recognize all that is good, and remind myself of all the promises I have made and will keep forever.

I will give myself the chance to experience new opportunities. I will not be put down by the negativity around me. I promise to make my own path if I have to. I will find my ideal profession and work that I love to do. I will keep going in my search for as long as it takes. I know I will only be truly happy doing something I love doing. This is my promise.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain

44 Responses to “I Promise”

  1. chikapappi |

    Nicely written! I promise myself to lose weight!

  2. Cat |

    woow .. I loved the idea !

  3. 'GreY' |

    I dont know ! you can plan but life does not go according to plans !

  4. Sarah |

    I promise to myself i won’t write a list with the things i promise to myself coz I will change, so will my promises! I will only promise to myself i will always follow my inner voice, my instinct and what seems right for me at the time. What is right for me today might not be in the future… :D

  5. hammoodee |

    ooooh I love this. the hardest parts in my opinion are “weak points” and not being affected by negativity. Well good luck I guess, you will succeed as long as ur not lazy. personally I think there is a thin line between “gary el wo7oosh” and like, following ur ambitions…

  6. Missy-TheOriginal |

    I promise to stay sane everytime I receive a shitty blow in my face.

    Good for you, Allah iwafgik.

  7. Kaos |

    Did they guide you about the promises or is it all internally driven and generated?
    The quote makes sense, it goes perfectly w/ the steve jobs video I sent you :)
    Maybe update this post and add his lecture here?

  8. suspic |

    ..even if you’re a banker or an investor of some sort, and you want to be a professional ballerina, they’d support you?

    That’d be awesome.

    *feels odd making a joke in a serious post* .. >.>

  9. desert-roses |

    do I need someone helping me making out my dreams…??

    I only read the first two lines of this post then I went DUH!!!

    n sorry for being mean!!!

  10. N. |

    3afiya, now keep that promise and stay off the sweets Swair makes! :p

    Yeah! It feels liberating.

    This isn’t really planning as much as it is creating values to go by.

    LOL! :D I love your promises.

    Thanks! Yep it is a thin line, but it takes a lot of effort to cross over.

    Thanks, Ajma3een! O if you need a hitman, you have my business card.

    It didn’t cross my mind, I liked his speech but this is a little different. Why don’t you post about it.

    lol, well the choice is yours.. they help you discover your natural abilities and talents. I know it sounds very trite, but it is much deeper than you think. I was skeptical at first but I like it now so far it has been helpful.

    No you don’t need someone to help you make out your dream of course, but you could use some help finding out what you are naturally good at, and what really makes you happy. Your dreams are yours to make, you follow them as you wish, if you ever want. lol don’t worry, that wasn’t mean.

  11. desert-roses |

    oh yeah…I agree on that….

    I got an indirect help from someone..guiding me toward who I am …that was the best thing that was ever cleared about me

    Last time I said it..I am an artist…I smiled wide!!!

    however….I spent my life helping be what I should be….so I am used to be with myself only….yet I wont mind outter help.

  12. N. |

    Yep that is exactly what it is, but on a much more professional level. You take tests and do exercises and based on your personality you can learn so much about yourself.. and what type of work will fit you. Then you make the choice..

  13. Marzouq |

    I have to say that I’m the type of person to take action faster then I am just to think about it! Sometimes I jump the gun, but hell I do enjoy what I do!

  14. N. |

    Eeh mashallah.. walla 7atta e7na mo emla7geen weyak lol! Really good job man honestly. As long as you keep that energy flowing you’re good to go and keep going.. !

  15. Intlxpatr |

    Ambitious goals, N. It’s good to have goals, good to get to know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and to focus your energies on your strengths and your commitments. Brava!

  16. N. |

    Thank you, so much! :)

  17. Amethyst |

    Now that they are written, they’ll be easier to acheive. Good luck:)

  18. N. |

    Thanks! :)

  19. Shaymaa |

    Knowing what you have to change in yourself and acknowledging them is half the battle. Good Luck! I like the Twain quote you added there.

  20. Vixen |

    I hope that you will come to realize them N. : )

  21. Navy Girl |

    thats very nice .. i believe writing down things is the very first step into making them happen .. i really wish you the best and i hope that you will be able to do all that you wish for ..

  22. Laialy_q8 |

    this is very inspiring …

  23. N. |

    Thank you, I’m glad you liked that quote! :)

    Thanks :D

    Navy Girl,
    Writing it down is very important, thank you and same to you enshalla!

    Thats the goal, I love inspiring people :D

  24. lone.rangeress |

    “I will not be put down by the negativity around me” …trust me, if u accomplish this, u can easily begin scratching the promises off ur list. to me, this is the most important accomplishment, and it is the source/foundation for everything!

    Good luck! *eagerly anticipating updates*

  25. N. |

    thanks yeah it is the most important i believe. good luck to you too, and yes enshalla i’ll post updates once they become available :D

  26. fadidra |

    inspiring tho

  27. N. |

    Thanks :D

  28. KJ |

    Nice mayte! Inspiring as well :D

    I wish you all the best in your endeavors.

  29. Nasser |

    Thanks bro I totally appreciate that, same to you! :)

  30. Very.Q8ya |

    allah ewafgik enshallah =o]

  31. Nasser |

    Thanks a lot! Ajma3en enshalla

  32. Mai |

    Wow! Shay 3ajeb!

    I promise that I will try my best to show the right image of Islam..

    I promise that I will, nshalla, make my goals comes true.. I will work and keep the ambitious I have, till I die -smella 3allay :P- or somthing out of my control -huge- happens.. I will never let any lazy person try to convince me: Shlich b 3war iras..-I hate those type, il7mdella 3alla il3aaaaaaaafya!- I work for my self satisfaction, for my internal happiness, not for money, being famous, or for work it self..

    I promise that I will add to children of Kuwait, somthing huge, somthing will save next generations personalities..

    I promise that I will give somthing unusual to my family, children, & husband..

    I promise I will be the best leader in my field- the best leader from the justice aspect..

    I love my self, my family, Kuwait, and all of you..

    Abaii endmajt walla.. I love this post Nasser..

    I promise = am working, was, will .. nshalla ..

  33. Mrm |

    i promise u r a huy :B

  34. Nasser |

    :D Mashallah kalam kella 7elo, Allah ewafjech enshalla o yerzegech khair :D

    I promise u r a Mexiiiiiiiiiican! :E

  35. manutdfanatic |

    I promise you’re going to go crazy soon.


  36. manutdfanatic |

    On second thought, I take that back. I promise I’m going to strangle you soon.

  37. Nasser |

    Eh, strangle me? Think positive! p-o-s-i-t-i-v-e! :p

  38. manutdfanatic |

    Chop you up into wee little pieces.

    Positive enough?

  39. lone.rangeress |

    wht’s up with the sudden transformation..N. —–> Nasser

    coming out in the open i see? eheh wini3im;P

  40. asoom |

    I feel like the words “I promise” are just too much of a responsibility for me to bare right now, so I’m going to use “I will commit” instead. My short term commitments:

    I will commit to reaching my goal size and getting in shape, I will commit to pursuing getting an acceptance into an optometry program, I will commit to make less negative comments and statements to others and to myself, I will commit to reading at least a book every month, I will commit to getting at least a part-time job this semester and put aside half of my earnings, I will commit to being more responsible about my spending habits and finances

  41. Nasser |

    Umm, yeah that seems sort of positive.

    Yen3am eb 7alech ;P Yeah, less ambigious now, even though I love being N. I’ll be N. everywhere else, on my blog I’ll be Nasser ;P

    Hmm wouldn’t you think a promise is a commitment! Those are some great commitments, betawfej enshalla :D

  42. :::ShoSho::: |

    Thi sis very ambitious.. I hope you get to do eveything you wish to do in life.. I haven’t done some things, i want to do them though, i hope it’s not too late.. I love the quote btw!!!!!!

  43. :::ShoSho::: |

    Lol sorry i meant This is,,

  44. Nasser |

    Thanks! ajma3een enshalla, and there’s nothing called too late! :)

Reserved, going to add something here later.