by Jade Hanley

Have you ever needed motivation to live up to your promises to yourself or others? Have you ever wanted to do something so bad, and no matter how many times you’ve told yourself that you would, you just can’t make yourself do it?

Check out the not for profit organization “because I said I would.”

This organization, as described on their website, “is a social movement dedicated to the betterment of humanity.” Though that sounds like a large task at hand, the idea behind it is relatively simple.

People often say that they are going to do something and then they don’t, so this organization is the motivation that some people need to keep their promises. What they encourage is following through with what you say you will do, whether it’s something big or small.

“Our mission is to strengthen humanity’s will. We created the ‘promise card’ to help hold people accountable to their commitments.”

The Promise Cards are the organization’s way to let you write down and affirm your promise. It’s a reminder as well as a way to look back at what you completed when you’ve done it. They will even mail you 10 free cards.

On the website, you will find the promises that people have kept. They range from “I promise to not text + Facebook while driving…because I said I would” to “I will always fight heroin…because I said I would.”

because I said I would believes that instead of waiting for miracles to improve the world, it starts with the self, and that it begins with doing what people say they are going to do. Why? Because you said you would.

Founder Alex Sheen explaining “because I said I would.” (Video courtesy of TEDx Talks)