How you answer the question in the title is most likely indicative of your place in life. The more loose you are on Commitments, the more likely you have a lower status, lesser position, lower pay, and fewer people willing to follow you. So, let’s look at it. When is it OK to break a commitment?
Here are a few ways I would imagine people might answer:
- Never. It is never OK to break a commitment.
- Seldom, but only in extreme circumstances.
- Occasionally. Usually when someone else has a request, I’ll skip out on a commitment that is primarily to myself.
- Frequently. I have good intentions but something often comes up.
- Whenever. If something comes along that would benefit me more, I bail on the commitment.
We often swing to one of two extremes. We may decide that commitments don’t mean anything. In this case, we never follow through on what we say. We prove to be a liar. No one can trust us. We don’t even trust ourself. If this is you, you won’t be given responsibility. And you are likely creating all kinds of Negative Impacts on the people around you.
The other extreme is to decide that commitments matter, and to be afraid to make them for fear that we’ll break the commitment. So we don’t commit to anything. If this is you, it’s really only one step above the person breaks commitments all the time. You are also likely creating negative impacts on people around you.
Instead, we should strive to make commitments and keep them. That’s what highly successful people do. When they say they’ll meet you, they rarely reschedule. These people commit to big goals and they accomplish them. Such people are dependable and they drive themselves and others to accomplish big dreams. For these people a commitment is not the same as a wish or an intention.
If you want to increase your life’s impact, if time to stop avoiding commitment. It’s time to tighten up your commitments and reduce or even eliminate the number of things that will cause you to break your commitments. It’s time to step up, make bold declarations, and then make them happen. Make commitments to yourself and others and then don’t back out of them.
The only other option is to be stuck in wishful thinking about your impact.
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