There are a few meanings in the dictionary for the word ‘Commitment’ – and they all lead to the same general idea. Commitment – the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action. That’s an interesting connotation.

We make commitments in many areas of life; relationships, jobs, businesses, families, studying and learning, coaching, sporting activities, health and wellbeing including dieting, and even accumulating wealth and abundance, along with a multitude of other things. It’s often easy to make a commitment and for many, much harder to stay true to that commitment. How well do you carry out your commitments? Is making a commitment easy for you? Is seeing it through to its natural completion harder to do? How many projects have you made a commitment to over the years and not seen that commitment through to the end?

A significant amount of coaching is about making the commitment to the process of formulating and achieving positive change. Whether you are a student of coaching or a person choosing to engage a coach, your dedication to your ongoing learning, development and evolvement is the place to begin the process. Until you are truly dedicated to completing whatever it is that you are committing to, there will be loopholes to be found, excuses to make and options to get you away from the original project.

There are a few questions to ask yourself when you are considering making a commitment:

  • Is this something I truly choose to do?
  • Will I achieve my goals from making this commitment?
  • Am I fully prepared to enter into this commitment, 100%?
  • Do I see value in undertaking this commitment?
  • Will I learn more about myself as a result of this commitment?

If you answered yes to those questions, congratulations, you can be assured you are well on your way to completing and seeing your commitment through to the end. Commitment to completing whatever it is you are undertaking begins with you. It is your commitment to yourself, to who you are as a person that will keep you on track and attaining your outcomes.

Before taking off on a flight in a commercial aircraft, the flight attendants instruct the passengers on what to do in an emergency. Part of the instructions include reaching for the oxygen mask (should the need arise) and fixing it in place on yourself first, before you assist any other person. Why? Because your commitment to self must come first if you are going to be able to respond with the appropriate levels of action.

Seeing things through to their final completion is a worthwhile goal to keep in mind when you are making a commitment. By being who you really want to be when starting a project, doing what you need to do to change along the way and by having the commitment to see projects through to their conclusion is the way to move forward in your life and bring your goals into reality along with balance, harmony and personal wellbeing.

Some of the benefits of commitment and staying with it until completion include:

  • Deep sense of accomplishment;
  • Achieving your dreams and goals – seeing them manifest;
  • Personal growth as you face and work through potential obstacles;
  • Learning more about yourself and your personal strengths and abilities; and
  • Discovering the areas that may benefit from further application of perseverance.

Commitment is intention brought to action and action brought to achievement. How is your level of commitment?

Author: Liz Moodie