Mary Baum

Keeping Promises

Yesterday, my sister sent me over an email to start off my day like usual. We always chat first thing, and then go on about our day. Thursday’s email was different. It was entitled, “Keeping Promises” and she provided me this link.

This is a 99% fitness focused blog, but every once in a while, I feel compelled to share something else. This isn’t directly fitness related, but I feel it definitely can point back to health and wellness, and any part of your life for that matter. The article that I mentioned above touches on something simple: Do something because you said you would. Pretty simple, right?

Alex, who is the starter of this movement, lost his dad to lung cancer earlier this month. He wants to have his father’s legacy live on by spreading the biggest thing that his father thrived at – doing something because he said he would. If you request it on his site, Because I Said I Would, Alex will send you 10 cards with that simple phrase. The goal is for you to write down something that you need to do, give it to the recipient you want to hold you accountable, and you will not receive it back until you complete what you said you would do.


I believe this to be a very simple, yet very powerful notion. Kind of like an Operation Beautiful note. How many times has someone made an empty promise to you, or even you yourself having made an empty promise to someone else? I hear so many people say things that they just do not follow through on (don’t worry, I’m included in that too) – a good example, New Year’s Resolutions! What better way than to have someone keep you accountable for something you may really want to get done? Maybe you want to run a mile every day for a month, finally sign up for that spring marathon, or finish a home improvement project that has been hanging over your head for weeks. Maybe it is something as simple as taking 15 minutes for yourself to reflect each day. Now is your time to do it! Go requests some cards, and do what you say you are going to do!

I already requested my cards, and I know what I will be putting on some of them already! Calling friends more often to chat and getting my home improvement projects done (yep, I was talking about myself up there) are just a few things that I want to be held accountable for.

Who else wants to get involved? Is there anything that you can think of that you would put on a card?

7 Responses

  1. Alex Sheen
    Alex Sheen September 28, 2012 at 9:41 am |

    Hi Mary,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Fitness goals are great use for these cards.

    If any of your readers would like to receive promise cards, they can message me through or request them through

    I believe I sent out your cards in this morning’s batch :)

    Best regards,


  2. Tracey English
    Tracey English September 28, 2012 at 10:37 am |

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for posting. I plan on requesting some for myself – and, if ok, for my clients. :) Have a great weekend!

  3. Steph
    Steph September 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm |

    Great post, and lovely idea. :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amanda @RunToTheFinish
    Amanda @RunToTheFinish October 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

    wow I love this!!! I have a major issue since moving to Miami with people simply saying yes to be a pleaser, but then not following through…it’s definitely something I was taught as a child and I don’t understand it. Thanks for sharing

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