COMMITMENT
  • 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

HARRINGTON COMMENTARY:

What does commitment mean to you? To me, commitment means seeing something through to the end and keeping the right attitude about it. Sticking with it, not quitting or giving up too easily, while remaining true to the cause and maintaining a healthy perspective.

Candidly, I sometimes struggle more with the “having the right attitude” part than the “sticking with it” part. I have never just up and quit a job or stopped working mid-way for a client I didn’t respect. Ultimately I may have moved on, but not before fulfilling my obligations; however, I cannot say the same for my attitude. Sometimes, maybe even often times, my good attitude has left the building even if my body remains on the job.

Trust me, I can technically fulfill my job requirements, but do so with such a bad attitude that it undermines everything that I am doing for the sake of the cause. That is not real commitment. Have you ever worked for someone that had such a horrible point of view that you wondered why they were even still doing what they were doing? That is not commitment. Following through on an assignment, but sabotaging the outcomes with a lousy disposition -- that is just selfishness disguised as being responsible.

Real commitment is more than a legalistic fulfillment of duties, more than just sticking with a project until the end. Real commitment requires doing things well with a proper attitude, having a productive, healthy state of mind, and being focused on the good purpose behind the task.

When we stick to our jobs and have the right mindset, we increase the odds of getting the job done well, and we encourage others in the process.

I am challenging myself to expand my definition of commitment and to hold myself to the higher standard of “See it through with a good attitude”. Will you join me?

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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