The root of “commitment” is about joining with others, engaging, giving your trust, sending with a purpose. To be committed is to be dedicated to a purpose, cause, or action. Commitment usually takes faithfulness, dedication, and persistence. To fail in one’s commitment is to be false, a traitor, unfaithful. While you can make commitments to yourself, a commitment is usually a part of a relationship, and is what makes relationships stronger.
Here are some quotes from the well known and lesser known about the nature and value of commitment:
Relational trust is built on movements of the human heart such as empathy, commitment, compassion, patience, and the capacity to forgive.
Good work is done with heart as well as knowledge and skill, done with a depth of commitment that brings integrity and courage to the workplace.
Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. “I’m afraid of committing myself,” she thought to herself. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.
Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose — and commit myself to — what is best for me.
Because love is an act of courage, not of fear, love is a commitment to others. No matter where the oppressed are found, the act of love is commitment to their cause — the cause of liberation.
Unless commitment is made, there are only hopes, but no plans.
Only do what your heart tells you.
Only do what your heart tells you.
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
You are not required to finish your work, yet neither are you permitted to desist from it.
It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
The highest compact we can make with our fellow is, — ‘Let there be truth between us two forever more.’
We receive who we are before we choose who we will become… We are born into relationship before we shape relationships by our conscious intention. We inherit covenant before we create covenant… Covenant making must begin with the question, “What have we been given? What is the covenant we are already in?”
In a time when nothing is more certain than change, the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare. Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced.
The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.
You have to pay the price. You will find that everything in life exacts a price, and you will have to decide whether the price is worth the prize.
You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
If we fall, we don’t need self-recrimination or blame or anger — we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to re-commit, to be whole-hearted once again.
Love is not maximum emotion. Love is maximum commitment.
The irony of commitment is that it’s deeply liberating — in work, in play, in love.
Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant.
Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.
Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Play the game for more than you can afford to lose… only then will you learn the game.