What does commitment mean for you;
Honouring your word?
Seeing a task through to the end?
Making the necessary sacrifices and dedicating your time?
I see making a commitment as binding, whether it was agreed verbally or documented. Agreeing to meet a friend on a particular date and time is making a commitment. You have agreed to give this person your time. Of course circumstances may occur where you are required to cancel the meet up, in which case you reschedule to an appropriate date.
Even arranging to telephone someone is a commitment, as basic as it may seem. The person will naturally be waiting for you to call as it was previously agreed.
At times we can become zealous and over commit ourselves. This may be due to not wanting to disappoint, feeling pressured or having major difficulty saying no. I have come to realise it is far better to be upfront and honest with ourselves before committing to anything. We must ask ourselves:
1. Is this realistic in terms of my time, finances, lifestyle?
2. Do I want to commit?
3. Am I willing to make the necessary sacrifice(s)?
4. Do I need to commit?
5. What are the obvious impacts of this commitment?
We should aim to avoid having the type of character who hastily commits because a project/idea sounds feasible without weighing up the pros and cons.
Naturally I do not jump into making big decisions. I consider the financial implications and possible effects on my family. I have taken on a project or two in the last few years and though they were not always plain sailing, I have learnt a great deal about running a small business and growing a network. We can learn from near enough any experience assuming we are willing and able to give of ourselves.
Can others be assured that when you have given your word, they know you will keep it?
Do you give careful consideration to an offer or proposal before signing up?
Perhaps you are commitment shy and rarely give your time to anything or anyone.