A commitment is a promise either to our self or others to deliver a specific result or behavior by a certain period of time and FOR a certain period of time. A real commitment is a very firm decision. In Latin, to decide means to cut off. So, think of a commitment as a choice to cut off other options and give all your efforts to your chosen path. Commitments
have two purposes:
- Personal growth
- Building trust
The purpose of personal growth is obvious. The purpose of building trust is more subtle and far more important. Guard and treasure commitments that build trust like you would care for a precious small child.
Commitments allow us to grow. We see where we are now, we visualize our desired destination, and we mentally deal with the fear of the unknown by committing to our new path. We invest energy in preparing to meet our commitments and getting the necessary actions done. Our commitment gets us through those first steps before there is any positive feedback. Our commitments give order and purpose to our life.