​​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
 
COMMENTARY:
One day after an exceptionally hard off-season workout, our defensive coordinator gathered the team and told us to a picture a breakfast. We closed our eyes and he went through the menu – orange juice, pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. He let the thought of the food settle in our minds for a few moments and then went on to talk about our quest for a state championship and probably added a “chains are only as strong as the weakest link, don’t be the weak link”-esq cliché to prepare us for the upcoming season.  He then started talking about commitment – commitment to the team, the off-season workouts, the process. We all nodded our heads in agreement as he spoke.
 
Of the hundreds of post-workout pep-talks I received, this one sticks out above the others because I remember in the midst of the speech thinking how disjointed it was. We were thinking about breakfast, and then about football and commitment to the team with no clear bridge between the two. But then as he was wrapping up the speech, he said “Remember the breakfast. The chicken was involved, but the pig (pausing for dramatic effect) - the pig was committed.”
 
I remember at the time thinking that the metaphor was a bit of a stretch (like considering whether commitment requires choice), but there are some things from the example to consider: are you passively involved, contributing the minimum to the process, or are you committed and willing to make sacrifices to honor your responsibilities?
 
Passive involvement is not the same as being committed. Commitment requires an intentional dedication and sacrifice that someone simply involved in a process would not possess. In short, commitment is not easy.
 
At Funds For Learning, we are committed to our clients, our work, and the continued success of the E‑rate program. This commitment isn’t by accident, and it isn’t easy, but because of our commitment, we make the process easier for our clients and other stakeholders. And that commitment is a choice worth making.

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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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