Commitment Watches When No One is Around

 Introduction: What is commitment? It is a conscious alarm that alerts us to remain bound with our words and promises. These words and promises are not only to others but to ourselves as well. Rather it is more a promise to our own self. Just think of a big achievement of your life that made you proud of yourself. Now, recall your initial commitments that you made when you got started.

What was the frequency of your commitment? Was this commitment, merely a wish or desire, since there is a great difference between the two. A simple wish or desire can be circumstantial but not a commitment, because commitment hears no excuse but only results. A commitment is like a pledge that binds you to take a stand and do away with a course of action.  Making a commitment to what you do— be it your personal life or professional life—is one of the most fundamental principles of success.

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Commitments are Solemn Affairs

Commitments are powerful because they influence one’s thinking, how one sounds, and how one acts. Unlike a half-hearted hope or ‘best shot,’ making a commitment means trying harder and looking for solutions, when faced with obstacles, and never considering quitting as an option and yes, NO LOOKING BACK.

Apart from all this, a meaningful commitment gives you a template to pursue things when times get tough. That time you stand tall and commit no mistake. That is the time for others to fall weak and you stand still. Alas, this is the point where many people give up, and quit when they feel like and that is the reason for them being unsuccessful at all facets.

Look at the working of aspiring entrepreneurs and you will find that one of the most distinguishing characteristics of success in their case is the perseverance of commitment.

Be it’s a relationship or marriage, job or career venture, fitness or health, or a personal improvement,or goal, the temptations of giving up will flare up certainly, but don’t do so. Here lays the key to anticipate it and make yourself a promise that the feeling of wanting to quit will not overpower your commitment.

Where Lays theBinding Factor of Commitment?

It is important is to remember that tendency to over commit is a problem. Make commitments in range of possibility.  Everyday increases the number of opportunities and the decisions faced by us. This is why it’s so important to be selective about what and who you commit to? Because as a human being, we all have limits, limits of time and attention. It is not feasible to do everything we like. Hence we must decide what is actually important to us and commit only those things. Commitment only can improvise your relationship with the people and along with being successful you will enjoy the journey. But it is imperative to follow your commitments.

According to Zigzag:

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”

Commitments may demand an out of comfort zone act. You may feel that the challenges to fulfill your commitments aren’t worth the hassle, or the effort required is more than you’re willing to expend. But remind yourselves, it happens this way only. Be willing to stand up to the challenges you face by keeping things like your integrity and reputation in mind.

Assess Your Commitments

We must also recognize that often time commitments have limitations. There is a difference between making excuses for not been able to keep up to your commitment and on the other hand knowing that something just isn’t working, despite your best efforts. What are you committed to achieving? If it is not working, why is it not working? Look at yourself in the mirror and reply honestly, have you given it? How long and hard you pursued it? Did you set your expectations too high? Identify specific reasons for things not working. If you’re honest with yourself and agree that you are giving your best efforts and you still aren’t making measurable progress, then try re-evaluating your strategy.

Spot your Commitments:

The only way to enjoy a long term relationship with anyone is the commitment level. Similarly to enjoy a successful career, commitment is equally needed. To make the life meaningful and enjoyable, you again need commitment.

A Commitment is a…

  1. Formal Promise :
    When you promise to do something, people rely on you and your words. So, instead of just hollow words said casually in passing, a Commitment is a solemn pledge you make and keep with yourself and others. Do understand the sequences of your commitment and fully mean it when you say it. “Our tradition calls for a commitment to accountability. They say, ‘Pran jayi par vachan na jayi’.
  1. Sacrifice:
    Commitment also means, your willingness and selflessness to make individual sacrifices for it. It then becomes a priority for you. Even if it causes some personal hardship to you, you will remain with it. Commitment means knowingly giving up things you might want in the short-term to potentially gain something of greater value in the long-term. In a group setting, commitment also means sacrificing your individual goals for good of all. “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” Mia Hamm, Former Soccer Superstar.
  1. Obligation:
    Commitment is a long-term obligation, you must continually work towards and ideally see through to completion. There is nothing like a trial or abandon. This is something to establish, embody, and embrace. “Those who stay will be champions.” Schembechler, Former Michigan Football Coach
  1. Full Investment:
    A generous commitment means you fully invest yourself in the cause – you are fully involved, physically, mentally, and emotionally, with your cause and passionately pursue it. Your heart, mind and soul, all are into it. Rather holding, you are “all in”, putting in your full attention, energy to get your goal.
  1. Deal to Persist:
    Commitment means sticking with something even when, and especially when, times are tough. Just like the traditional marriage vows of “for richer or poorer, in sickness and health,” true commitment is unwavering, regardless of the circumstances. “Everyone starts strong. Success comes to those with unwavering commitment to be at the end,” says Howard Schultz, Founder and CEO of Starbucks.
  1. Contract to Act :
    Commitment is far more than words, and is the  best shown and proven with your actions, not words alone. Because ultimately your commitment is measured with your deeds not words. “Commitment is an act, not a word,” Jean-Paul, Philosopher.


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