Word Of the Week #22: Commitment

April 20, 2009 by  

Commitment: a decisive moral choice that involves a person in a definite course of action.

Do you have a strong desire in your life to accomplish something or do something that you haven’t done before? Are you determined to continue to accomplish a long term goal?

Ultimate Committment

Ultimate Committment

The old joke is that in a breakfast of bacon and eggs, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed. However, you don’t have to give your life to be committed!

Commitment is based on having a vision that draws you forward. When you are committed you feel an ownership about your outcome and commitment by you, attracts others to your mission.

You can recognize that you are simply involved when you have to put forth effort to accomplish something. The enthusiasm is missing. Others do not join you as easily on your mission.

Why would you do anything if you are not committed to it? And why would you expect anyone else to be enthusiastic about your mission if they can’t feel your commitment?

This week focus on those things that create excitement and that you are committed to. For example, if you are committed to having the best service, what definite course of action are you taking to create your vision?

Reader Responses

“I only hope that folks understand that with commitment comes a behavior called stubbornness. I remind my people that commitment is a real asset as long as we stay flexible, after all the most important action is: survival. In other words, flexibility needs to be considered a strength and not a weakness.  “Susan, thanks for re-affirming what I started out to do! “A definite course of action”!!! Thanks again for the encouragement!” — Cathie Capolino, C.E.O (Chief Enthusiasm Officer)