The Power and Purpose of Commitment

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Have you ever made a promise or a commitment to someone and fulfill it? Or maybe you just made an agreement to a task and successfully quit it, how does it feel? 

As defined, a commitment is a binding pledge that obligates us to assume a position or carry out a course of action. Making a commitment to what we do—whether in our personal life or our professional life—is one of the most fundamental principles of success. Reading through some business books and articles about this lately, I’ve learned that one of the most distinguishing characteristics of success is the perseverance of commitment. Whether it’s a relationship, a job or career venture, fitness or health, a task, or a personal improvement goal, the temptation to give up will always arise. There needs to be a strong level of commitment, agree? One of the keys is to anticipate it and make yourself a promise that the feeling of wanting to quit will not overpower your commitment.

Commitments are serious business; they are powerful because they influence how you think, how you sound, and how you act. It is a long-term promise you make and keep with yourself and others to fully dedicate yourself to your task, or team, even when, and especially when times are tough. Furthermore, commitment means not only promising to do something, but much more importantly, actually investing the necessary effort and actions to make it happen. 

Commitment and its value can be expounded in so many ways but based on the definitions, the power and purpose of commitment is outlined through these six key components which is very helpful for us to always remember.

Instead of just being hollow words said casually in passing, a commitment is a solemn pledge you make and keep with yourself and others. You must understand the complete consequences of your commitment and fully mean it when you say it. When you make a commitment, others will take you seriously and rely on you to be true to your word. Commitment also means accountability and responsibility.

“Our tradition calls for a commitment to accountability. This is not an assumption – this is a promise that I will be there for you; and I can count on you being there for me.” -Bob Ladouceur

Agreeing to a commitment means you fully invest yourself in the cause - physically, mentally, and emotionally. You connect completely with your cause or advocacy and passionately pursue it by putting your whole heart, mind, and soul into it. You don’t hold back but go “all in”, putting in your full attention, energy, and effort to accomplish your goal.

“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” -Swami Sivananda


When you make a commitment to someone or something, it also means you willingly and selflessly make individual sacrifices for it. It is a key priority for you and something you willingly work the rest of your life around, even if it causes some personal hardship to you. Commitment means you knowingly and willingly give up things you might want in the short-term to potentially gain something of greater value in the long-term. In a team setting, commitment also means sometimes sacrificing your individual goals for the good of the team.

A commitment is a long-term obligation you must continually work toward and ideally see through to completion. It isn’t something you try out and then easily abandon. It is something you establish, embody, and embrace for the long haul.

“Those who stay will be champions.” -Bo Schembechler

A 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. When you make a commitment to someone or something, you make a pact to persevere through the tough times together. It won’t be easy, but it is almost always worth it.

“Everyone starts strong. Success comes to those with unwavering commitment to be at the end.” -Howard Schultz

Finally, a commitment is way more than words. It is best demonstrated and proven by your actions on a regular basis. People will initially listen to your words but will ultimately measure your commitment and your character by your deeds.

"Commitment is an act, not a word." Jean-Paul Sartre

Commitment is what transforms a promise, hope, dream or goal into reality. If you are serious about achieving your goals, dreams and desires, you must commit to them one hundred percent.

There will always be times when you may think that the challenges of fulfilling your commitments aren’t worth the hassle, or the effort required is more than you’re willing to expend. Remember, however, just like anything worth pursuing, commitments require discipline and often require you to act outside of your comfort zone. Be willing to stand up to the challenges you face by keeping things like your integrity and reputation in mind.

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


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