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I am thinking a lot about the word "commitment" at the moment. Everywhere I look it seems to be popping up as a topic that needs addressing. It's referenced in the blogosphere, I am seeing it in my emails, I discuss it with my husband and I watch it (lots of it and lack of it) in the people around me.
What does Commitment mean to you?
My husband was once asked to suggest three words that summed me up as a person. He said committed, driven, and loyal.
Yes, I am committed. Once I make a decision I stick with it and get the job done. Rain, hail or migraine. Like this blogging every single day rubbish. I committed to it so now I'm bloody well doing it. I cannot waiver because it goes against the grain of who I am. Committed. As a coach, no matter what I have going on in my personal life, no matter what my business priorities are, no matter if my vision is blurred due to a pounding headache, I turn up for my team. Committed. If I write a to-do list for the week I do everything possible to get everything checked off and deliver tangible results. Committed. If I make a commitment, I do it. Simple.
Which means I like the people around me to be committed too. I gravitate towards people with that same value. I have certain expectations.
People often say they are committed. I am wondering though if not everyone's definition of commitment is the same. I am wondering if their version of commitment may in fact be compliance?
Are there degrees of commitment with various shades of grey? Is shady commitment possible? Doesn't that idea in itself suggest a lack of commitment?
For me commitment means being true to your word. Saying what you mean, and meaning what you say. Following through.
Knowing myself the way I do, it is highly possible that my expectations may be a little high (and at times unhealthy). That I am sitting way at the top of that peak up there in the commitment pyramid and that the people around me are happily sitting in the compliance section.
So I'm curious - What does commitment mean to you?
What (if anything) are you committed to this week?