4 Tips To Help You Keep Your Commitment

One of the most appreciated qualities we can cultivate in our life and work is to keep our commitments.  Imagine if the people you encounter today were those whom you could depend on rain or shine, and whose word was their bond.  What if the same were true of yourself?  Think about how that would impact your personal leadership, your career, and your relationships. 

The commitments we make, either big or small, speak volumes about who we are and our values.  Whether you casually commit to your partner that you will eat healthier or more seriously commit to eliminating your workaholic behavior.  The commitments we make to ourselves and others have tremendous power and can be transformative. Although sustaining our commitments do require effort and care.  Perhaps you have already abandoned those new year resolutions.

Here are 4 tips to help you keep your commitment: 

View your commitment as sacred.  Commitments have power and can transform us to rise to our potential.  Ask anyone who has run a marathon, gotten their MBA, or was promoted into a leadership position. Our commitment even has the power to make or break business goals and relationships. Recognize this power, and don’t make a commitment unless you fully intend on keeping it.

Know the benefits of keeping your commitment.   Commitments which you honor and keep (like a wedding vow) are done so because you understand the benefits of keeping them.   The choice of honoring your word to another person can shift a conversation to a deeper level of self awareness and discovery.  To permanently change and get new results, you need to be permanently committed. 

Know the consequences of not keeping your commitment.  Get clear on what could happen if you don’t keep your commitment.  You may opt not to do what you said you would do.  Such as choosing not to have that difficult conversation with your direct report or taking the necessary action steps for reaching your goal.  Every choice has a consequence. 

Commitments are responsibilities.   Rather than thinking of your responsibilities as a burden (victim-mindset), consider them as a privilege (player-mindset).  Often we dismiss the privilege of freedom, choice, and sacrifice to be fully committed to what we want to accomplish.     

In a world where commitments can be far too casual, it’s up to us to choose how we want to reap the rewards by honoring our commitments.

Will you commit?

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  • Harriet Stein / July 10, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for highlighting this Peg, “Don’t make a commitment unless you fully intend on keeping it.” I’ve occasionally traveled a distance for a meeting, only to be told that the person got busy and could no longer meet with me. I still remember it and always will, since my time is just as valuable as their time.

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