“Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.”
– Abraham Lincoln
I’m sure all of us have, at some point in our lives, made New Year resolutions, on the 1st day of the new year. Most people do this. However, the point is, how many of us actually stick to this resolution or commit to this decision taken? Only a handful of people make sure they keep their words. The rest knowingly or unknowingly fall in their own eyes. Is this a serious matter to pay attention to? Yes, it is very important. Every time you miss a commitment you have made, internally, your sub-conscious feels left out, and in steps the feeling that you are a failure. It may be a a very small resolution, for example, of waking up at a particular time in the morning or a significant commitment you have made to others. Whatever it’s magnitude may be, it is essential to do as promised! Every time you live up to your words, you build confidence within yourself and become mentally stronger.
Let’s take an example of the most common commitment people do not keep up with, “being on time”. Every time you do not reach somewhere on time or you do not deliver things on time, you are putting yourself down in front of others and yourself. Internally you are telling yourself you are not capable. When you are late to a meeting or an appointment by five minutes, you are actually late by five minutes multiplied by the number of people at the meeting. This means, we need to be very conscious of not only our time but, even others’ time. On the contrary, let’s think of the feeling when you reach on time; it’s a feeling of achievement, matter of pride and increased trust in yourself.
Being committed to your word increases the trust quotient of your life. This is a two-pronged quotient…..trust on self and trust built on you by others. When you are a person who says something and sticks to it, people start believing whatever you say because they have seen you in action, you say it and you do exactly what you said too. They are confident to depend on you and, you & your words get precious value. This behaviour of sticking to one’s own word is actually the result of an honest attitude, if I may say so. When you give word to someone, you are being honest to them when you keep up your word to them. Honesty and trust are very key and crucial characteristics of a good human being. The confidence levels on one’s abilities and the social acceptance and respect one receives due to this hard-earned trust, goes a long way in building up one’s own persona and strengthening all one’s relationships too.
The best way to make sure you keep your commitment is to build a practice with smaller ones, to start with, and then go big. Start with one commitment at a time, example “I will wake-up every day at 5 am”. Sense the pride of achievement in keeping up with this commitment, every promise you keep you will increase your self-confidence and self-worth. Once it’s a commitment, nothing on earth should stop you from achieving it. Motivation helps you get started, but it’s your commitment that will help you stay your ground, till you achieve your goal”. Never fallback on your words, it could impact you, without you even knowing it. Leave your thoughts below…