• Keeping promises while facing challenges or the temptation of an easier path
  • Seeing something through to the end and keeping the right attitude about it
  • Honoring my responsibilities with diligence, even when it requires sacrifice


The Funds For Learning GuideMark this week is Commitment. It is a very timely GuideMark given that this is the first full week of 2013. It’s a New Year and along with a New Year come New Year’s Resolutions -- and along with those come obligatory articles, commentaries and news stories about New Year’s Resolutions, but I digress…

A lot of people like to make resolutions for the New Year. Resolutions about eating less, exercising more, spending extra time doing this or that, and so on. To me, New Year’s Resolutions are a great illustration of the relationship between intention and commitment. Having an intention does not mean I am committed. An intention is something I would like to do, or plan to do; but depending on my level of commitment, I may or may not actually follow through on my intention. In the face of challenges, obstacles, or changing circumstances, commitment is what is required to see an intention through to the end.

Let’s look at a day-to-day example of the relationship between intention and commitment. Assume you are really busy and I tell you that I am not going to call or e-mail you today so that you can focus your attentions where they need to be. It is my intention not to bother you. If, after only 10 minutes, a question pops into my head and I pick up the phone to ask you about it, you will quickly learn that I was not committed to my intention.

I am sure that you have heard the saying “talk is cheap”. And it is. Many times it is easy for me to say I will do something, but it is much harder for me to follow through with what I said. My intent, while good, may not be enough, unless I follow it through with commitment. It is wonderful to have good intentions, but until those intentions have the proper commitment level behind them, they are merely intentions, easily subject to change.

I challenge you today to consider your intentions. Think about the things you want to do, and then evaluate what commitments you need to make in order to follow through on your intentions.


At Funds For Learning, it is our intention to provide quality service for our clients. We want to provide accurate work and expert assistance that closely matches each client’s unique needs, and do so in a timely fashion with fees that are fair and affordable. We achieve these intentions by understanding them and then committing to see them through.


Key words and phrases

Sticking with it; Faithfulness; Worthy of trust; Diligent and reliable; Dedication to a pledge; Dependable Sacrifice to keep a promise; Taking ownership of a situation

Opposite terms

Not finishing the job; Undependable; Not worthy of trust; Wishy-washy


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