Do You Understand the Meaning of Commitment?
Making a commitment is serious business and not something to be taken lightly. The truth is, people are way too quick to make commitments and too quick to abandon them. When you make a promise, you’re not giving your word in erasable pencil, you’re inscribing your commitment in indelible ink. When you make a commitment, you’re not only keeping your commitment for their benefit, you’re also keeping it for yourself. That’s because your honor and self-respect hang in the balance. What’s that worth? Everything! Be very careful about making commitments and always be faithful in keeping them.
Here are nine ingredients of a successful commitment. Use them as guideposts through your life.
9 Ingredients of a Successful Commitment
Go all in. Think twice before making a commitment. Once you do, take the plunge rather than making a half-hearted effort.
Honor your word. Accept responsibility. When you make a commitment, you’re giving your word and putting your honor on the line. Act like it.
Expect the best. Put your complete trust and faith in the commitments that you make. That will encourage you to focus on long-term potential rather than seeking immediate gain.
Keep the relationship front and center. Focus as much on the journey as on the end result. Never sacrifice the relationship for results.
Give first. Give with an open hand. The odds are high that your deed will be reciprocated. But remember, there’s no need to keep score.
Make yourself vulnerable. Be honest and transparent. That will promote a healthy, trusting relationship.
Demonstrate your loyalty. Live up to your commitments in good times and bad. Tough times say a lot about us. Make sure they say only good things about you.
Watch each other’s back. Promote opportunities where everyone wins. Focus on their best interests and have faith that they’ll focus on yours.
Think as one. Build together, grow together, and win together. It’s that simple.
Do You Live Up to Your Commitments?
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Sid Joynson says
I heard an interesting definition of commitment many years ago.
We must understand the difference between involvement and commitment. At breakfast the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.
Frank Sonnenberg says
So true, Sid.
Thanks for taking the time to write.