Commitments Demand Dedication

A huge measure of character is how much others can count on us. Make your words count and your actions be true to your heart.


Deciding to commit to yourself or others is a very serious consideration because it becomes a measure of honor, trust, integrity, and what we are willing to give up in order to accomplish a covenant. A commitment is not to be taken lightly and by all means should be fulfilled if you pledged to do so. However unforeseen circumstances which are out of our control can prevent a follow through and provide an honorable release from a commitment. Conversely, unwarranted departures from commitments will eventually lead to the loss of respect from others.

How many times have you made a commitment and immediately known it was a mistake. Try to commit only to the things you truly care about because commitments require honorable words and actions. Honoring your word is hard work and finding a way to balance life while fulfilling a pledge can be challenging. Obligations require wise use of time and relentless effort to fulfill. Commitments must not be consented to on impulse, they must be thought out and based on honorable intentions and serious dedication regardless of what it takes to fulfill them.

Think about the consequences of a commitment or a request and gauge whether you are up to the task. Is this undertaking something you are prepared to follow through with regardless of the resources, time, or effort required? Is this commitment deserving, and how will complying with this vow affect you personally, professionally, and spiritually? A hasty commitment will ultimately culminate in a critical mistake resulting in failure, hard feelings, or remorse. Never agree to something you are not equipped to do or to something that will dishonor your moral code. If there is any doubt or you are not ready to execute, there is little need to agree to something you are not prepared for.

When things fall apart it’s easy to renege, give up, or not pay due diligence to a covenant that was promised. The consequences of a failed commitment can be intense and the intended delivery may be out of reach due to conflicting ideals, procrastinating, or unforeseen personal events. Backing out of the responsibility to fulfill an obligation is often attributed to not taking time to understand the complexity and requirements necessary to carry out a mission. This error in judgement can become the yardstick others use to measure our integrity. We all make errors in judgement when it comes to commitments, hopefully past mistakes and age brings the wisdom to make better decisions for each new commitment we consider agreeing to.

Commitments can be comforting, calming, scary, and fulfilling. They can initiate a new start in life and prevent unhealthy actions. In order for anyone to be taken seriously they must honor their commitments, otherwise they will not be considered trustworthy. Due diligence is required when making a commitment. Pros and cons must be contemplated and after careful consideration, an informed decision gives the best chance for a successful commitment. A huge measure of character is how much others can count on us. Make your words count and your actions be true to your heart.



One thought on “Commitments Demand Dedication”

  1. Good piece, Steve! I know this isn’t always possible, but I think maybe I need a “trial” period for ongoing commitments. I committed to a two-year obligation and soon after realized I was not a good match with the organization’s mission. Live and learn, as the cliche goes!

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