Commitment Defined


The Questions

What is commitment? How important is commitment to the attainment of one’s goals?  Is there a difference between dedication and commitment or commitment and loyalty?  How does making a commitment to “say a goal” influence or dictate behavior? What does it mean to honor our commitments?  What is the expected outcome when there is a lack of commitment? What is the typical outcome this same lacks?

What is commitment?

According to Cambridge Dictionary online, “commitment is a promise to give yourself, your money, your time, etc…, to support or buy something”.  Commitment is also the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc…, Commitment can also be defined as “an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action”.  Other words like dedication, devotion, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness or fidelity can be use synonymously.   In an article entitled “What do we mean by commitment” published in Psychology Today, therapist Mel Schwartz L.C. S.W states that “commitment evokes a strong sense of intention and focus”.  It is “typically accomplished by a statement of purpose or a plan of action”.

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