10 Truths About Commitment That Enlarge Leadership

If it feels like you’re pushing ropes, the problem is commitment.

You’re doomed to disappointment, stress, and frustration when you pressure people to do things they aren’t committed to do.

Coerced commitments are compliance.

10 truths about commitment:

#1. Commitment drives achievement.

Refusal to make commitments is deadly. All meaningful accomplishment requires resolve, devotion, and dedication.

#2. People commit for their reasons, not yours.

Values drive commitment.

What do people get out of making commitments?

  • Fulfillment.
  • Respect.
  • Relationship.
  • Achievement.

#3. Coerced commitment is compliance.

Coercion and pressure create conformity, not commitment.

#4. Commitments are decisions made once but lived over and over.

New situations provide new expressions of old commitments. But lack of commitment is permission for half-heartedness.

#5. Commitment enlarges your soul.

You rise to your commitments. But commitments you break diminish you.

#6. Reluctance to commit is natural and healthy.

Don’t celebrate when people make quick commitments. Casual commitments are easily broken.

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it’s not without doubt but in spite of doubt. Rollo May

#7. Commitment-breakers make excuses and blame others.

#8. Commitment strengthens you against adversity.

Those who aren’t committed find fault. Those who are committed find a way.

The uncommitted run in the face of disappointment or resistance.

#9. Commitment ignites creativity.

You don’t figure out how to do something until you’re committed to do it.

You work to achieve AFTER you commit.

#10. Your capacity to keep commitments reflects your future.

“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” Howard Schultz

What truths about commitment might you add to the list?

How might leaders call others to commitment?

More truths about commitment:

10 Ways to Help Reluctant People Make Commitments (LF)

How To Get (And Keep) Others Committed To Change (Fast Company)

Building and Sustaining Commitment (University of Kansas)