We hear the word “commitment” tossed about in all sorts of

ways these days. But what exactly does the word mean

these days? Additionally, how good are people nowadays at

honoring the commitments they make to others?

Throughout our lives we will enter into all sorts of

commitments. These commitments literally run the gamut,

from those very formal in nature to the more casual

varieties. It is unfortunate that when some people give

their word to someone else, their commitment to keeping

their word means little or nothing to them and even less to

those it was given.

In the hustle and bustle of today’s fast paced society,

many people have sadly forsaken their good name and

reputation in their relentless pursuit of the almighty

dollar. Lying, cheating and stealing are accepted by some

as “part of the game” these days. These people do not have

a clue what the word commitment means. Then there are

other folks who tend to loosely commit to things, leaving

the door wide open for them to back out should things not

work out as hoped. They’re willing to give it a try but you

shouldn’t hold it against them when they quit or give up,

which they invariably do. Good grief.

These “conditional commitments” are worthless and, in

reality, are not commitments at all. Nobody can count on

these people to do anything they say they will do, not even


Not surprisingly, the real winners take a totally different

approach. Whenever a winner commits to doing something,

you can take his or her pledge to the bank. A winner’s word

is literally his or her bond. Since winners are committed to

excellence in their every day action, they back up their

commitments with resolute determination and decisive

action. No backing down, no backing up. A winner would

never compromise his or her integrity no matter the

situation or circumstance, since his or her good name and

reputation are precious possessions and are worth more

than all the money in the world.

Winners are known for keeping their word and, even more

importantly, keeping their word good . Whenever you

receive a commitment from a winner, that’s as good as it

gets. It is very reassuring to know, I mean really know,

that you can count on the winner to do whatever he or she

promised to do.

What about you? Can people count on you to do what you

say you will do, when you say you will do it? Is your word as

good as it gets; in fact, as good as gold?

It is very important that you stand behind the

commitments you make. Remember that whenever and

wherever you make a commitment, you have solemnly given

your word that you will “get the job done” no matter

what. There will be no excuses offered, no quitting

accepted and no compromising contemplated. You just go

out and do what you said you will do and you do it right


You want to be known for keeping your word, your

commitments and your promises, don’t you?

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