Being committed means doing whatever it takes. Real commitment requires discipline, courage, sacrifice and perseverance. Being committed isn’t easy. It takes time and effort.
Commitment always involves choice and intent. Commitment is never random or accidental. True commitment also demands passion. Without passion our actions lack urgency and intensity. Commitment is also tied to integrity. Our commitment demonstrates our integrity and our integrity often motivates and drives our commitment.
Making a commitment should never be taken lightly. Many of the things we want won’t come quickly or easily. These things require commitment. Saving a down-payment for a car or a house, losing weight, getting a promotion, entering a new profession, maintaining an important relationship, staying married, all of these goals require commitment.
Doing what’s expected of you in your job, being punctual and prepared, dressing and grooming appropriately, and respecting workplace policies—all show professionalism.
Going beyond what’s expected by putting in extra hours, bringing energy and initiative to your job every day, helping others, making significant contributions to any group task, keeping yourself and others motivated or taking a leadership role goes beyond professionalism. It shows dedication and commitment.
Do you show up motivated every day? Are you dedicated and ready to learn? Do you listen and take instructions? Do you accept and never argue with feedback? Do you understand that you do not have all the answers? Do you have the courage to admit your mistakes? Do you truly want to learn more from and about your job? If you answered each of these questions with a yes, then you’re committed.
True commitment, regardless of the endeavor, is absolutely essential not only to the business you work for, but to your personal success as well. Commitment can be declared by words, but evidence of commitment can only be found in your actions.
As Andrew Carnegie, American industrialist and philanthropist, observed,
“As I get older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.”